Academic year 2018/2019

COMPUTER ENGINEERING Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA Second cycle, EQF level 7

Number of Years/credits

2 years; 120 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

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

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

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The MSc (laurea magistralis) in Computer Engineering provides a student with a solid, in-depth background, in line with the innovation needs of the informatics field. The course further advances the student knowledge portfolio, in both the fundamental sciences and the engineering disciplines. This allows graduates to interact with engineering professionals from all different backgrounds, as well as to complete their mastering of computer engineering.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MSc Degree Programme in Computer Engineering will be able to demonstrate adavanced knowledge in the following subjects:
- network applications and system security
- design of mobile applications
- systems architecture and commercial tools for web-based services
- intelligent systems and decision-support systems.
Students of the Computer Systems and Networks curriculum will also be given knowledge of:
-network architectures and protocols
-multimedia information
-computer engineering for industrial automation and robotics.
Students of the Enterprise Systems curriculum will be provided with expertise on:
-business intelligence
-enterprise process management
-strategic decision support systems.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The Program is specifically intended to train specialized professionals as well as to prepare students for further studies in the computer engineering field. These objectives are pursued by providing a thorough education in different fields (network applications and system security, design of mobile applications, systems architecture and commercial tools for web-based services, intelligent systems and decision-support systems etc..). Graduates in Computer Engineering will easily find employment in small, medium and large companies involved in network architectures and protocols, multimedia information, computer engineering for industrial automation and robotics, business intelligence, enterprise process management, strategic decision support systems.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in COMPUTER 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 Project foresees a word load of 18 ETCS credits.
It leads to a written thesis that is defended against an Evaluation Board.
The thesis subjects are selected on the basis of the input of the students and their mentors.The Thesis work must reflec

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2018/2019