Academic year 2019/2020

INGEGNERIA CHIMICA 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. Salvo Marcuccio

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

Assessment of competences acquired in First Cycle studies in related or un-related subject areas to determine admission by Degree Programme Council with possible assignment of extra work to be done before admission.

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 Master of Science in Chemical Engineering is the natural continuation of the training started with the first degree in Chemical Engineering. From this point of view, the term master attributed to the course to be considered as development of the attitude to the analysis and design of processes and plants, with the aim to give the student a wide-ranging professional preparation, which enabling it to adapt to different working requirements in engineering industry

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates in Chemical Engineering, must possess the following knowledge and skills, in addition to those already acquired in the bachelor's degree:
- advanced knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, enabling graduates to engage in research and development.
- Advanced knowledge of unit operations, chemical reaction engineering, process control and reliability, materials and enivronmental issues.
- Ability to use the techniques learned for the design of the industrial process, as well as its components.
- Ability to lead a project in total autonomy.
- Awareness of a multidisciplinary culture, enabling graduates to interact with figures coming from various professional backgrounds.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The main career opportunities for the chemical engineer are as follows:
? chemical, food, pharmaceutical, petroleum, metallurgy, textile, paper, leather tanning, cosmetics, etc..;
? manufacturing, processing, transportation and storage of substances and materials;
? production and use of energy (conventional and alternative sources);
? business and government service delivery (water, electricity, gas, etc..) and treatment of municipal and industrial waste;
? service company in the field of environment and security;
? companies that design and install process plants or parts thereof (including the supervisory and control);
? company boards and advisory groups;
? institutions and companies working in the field of technical education;
? technical departments of public administration delegated for the environment and industrial safety;
? technical roles in government agencies and local administrations;
? consulting and self-employment

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in CHEMICAL 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

See the Course Plan @

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2019/2020