Academic year 2020/2021

INGEGNERIA MECCANICA Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 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. Maria Greco

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

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

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

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 Mechanical Engineering course aims at training professionals with strong scientific and technical bases necessary to face the responsibilities in the typical industrial jobs. The degree course develops and strengthens critical knowledge and skills to develop basic and specific competencies of various industrial and manufacturing sectors. The main feature of the graduate in mechanical engineering is the ability to understand, analyze and test machines and mechanical systems, to design mechanical systems based on conventional technologies, to test and monitor mechanical devices and to superintend the installation and maintenance of systems and industrial plants. The graduate in mechanical is also able to organize and manage the production of industrial products and to organize their sale, distribution and service. Graduates will possess the following general competencies: adequate knowledge of methodological and operational aspects of mathematics and basic sciences (physics and chemistry) necessary to interpret the typical phenomena of mechanical engineering; good knowledge of the sciences of engineering in order to identify, formulate and solve general technical problems; ability to use the modern methods and tools of analysis including those provided by the information technology.

Key Learning Outcomes

Ability to understand the physical phenomena related to the mechanical engineering systems and to develop their mathematical models. Ability to model geometrically, even with the aid of computer based systems, mechanical components, assemblies and complete machines or plants. Abilities for the analysis and the synthesis of mechanical devices of mean complexity driven by mechanical, thermal or electrical engines also under controlled systems. Ability to carry out the kinematical, dynamical and structural analysis and the related design of mechanical systems of mean complexity through the definition of the rational shape and dimensions, the selection of materials and the proper choice of the production processes. Ability to apply the principles of the thermodynamics in analysing the energy processes and, in particular, those related to the fluid machines and systems.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The graduates in mechanical engineering support the specialists in designing, testing and developing devices and systems in the field of mechanical engineering. They are trained for correctly applying the modern procedures and the techniques to design, improve, develop and test products, machinery, equipment and plants of mean complexity. Typical jobs are: professional Mechanical Engineer (the access to the profession is ruled by State laws), technical draftsman and designer, technical mechanical analyst, production engineer, in particular programming of numerically controlled machine-tools, responsible of industrial safety, supervisor of industrial processes, technical equipments, systems and plants.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

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

In order to receive the degree the student has to complete the curricular exams including the final test to which 3 credits are assigned. The final test aims at assessing the ability to perform in autonomy the deepening of one subject of the degree cours

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021