Academic year 2019/2020


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Single cycle; EQF Level 7

Number of Years/credits

5 years; 300 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Stefano Pagliara

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or an equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Master Degree Programme in Architecture and Building Engineering aims to prepare students for the practice of building engineering and architecture, thanks to a solid knowledge of the history of architecture, the construction and urban planning, the tools and forms of representation, all the aspects of mathematics, basic sciences and all of the disciplined characteristics of the course of study. The learning experience is organized through cycles of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories. Alongside these activities, the students are able to attend conferences, workshops and meetings, in order to have contact with scientific debate at a national and international level.
The Master Degree Programme has four main tracks: architecture and everything related to the art of building and architectural composition; the urban and landscape planning and management and everything related to the environment; building and constructive techniques and technology.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master Degree Programme in Architecture and Building Engineering will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the methodologies for the transformation and modification of the physical environment, with full knowledge of the spatial, aesthetic, distributive, functional, structural, technical, constructive, management, economic and environmental aspects.
- Knowledge of the history of architecture and the city.
- Knowledge of all the methods and techniques of representation and survey of the architecture and the cities.
- Knowledge of the methodologies and techniques for the preservation and valorisation of the architectural historical heritage.
- Knowledge of all the methodologies and techniques for the town and landscape planning and management.
- Knowledge of all the design aspects, through the proper tools of architecture, construction engineering and urban planning.
- Ability to direct all the project phases and to coordinate other specialists and
operators of the disciplines involved in the architectural and environmental project.
- Ability to communicate research results in various ways according to the target audience.
- Ability to communicate in at least one language of the EU in addition to Italian.
- Basic ICT abilities for communication, retrieval and elaboration of texts and data.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates in Architecture and Building Engineering may work in:
- public organization for the management and control of the territory,
- public organization for the preservation of the environmental and historical architectural heritage,
- industries and construction companies,
- engineering and design society.
They may carry out professional and consulting activities in the entire EU.
They may carry out research activities, in a PhD Programme and public and private research institutes.
They may teach in public and private school, as well as take up the university career.

Access to further study

The Master degree in Architecture and Building Engineering allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, commentary of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised into sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The students choose which of the appelli they wish to respond to. In most cases, it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final exam foresees the preparation and discussion of a multidisciplinary project and must demonstrate the knowledge of the above-mentioned professional skills.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2019/2020