ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
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 rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Department of INGEGNERIA DELL'INFORMAZIONE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Maria Greco
Language of Teaching
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.
The holder of the Master Degree in Electronic Engineering is capable of performing professional tasks both autonomously and in coordination within groups (also at the international level) and to autonomously update his/her know-how. He/she has available the tools and the abilities needed to provide a physical interpretation of reality and to create a mathematical model of it, in order to set up and solve novel problems in the design and implementation of complex systems and integrated electron devices, in the control and handling of power and in the processing, transmission, and management of information. He/she has an in-depth knowledge of the technologies and processes at the basis of Electronic and Computer Engineering.
Key Learning Outcomes
The Master program provides in-depth knowledge in the fields of analog and digital electronics, of electron devices and microelectronic technologies, as well as the ability to handle programmable electron devices and DSPs. The main professional skills of the Master Degree holder cover the design, implementation and testing, in discrete or integrated form, of analog and digital electron systems, of sensors, actuators and microsystems, radio-frequency and optoelectronic systems, measurement and control systems.
By choosing among a few subprograms the student will be able to improve his/her knowledge of applications in the fields of microelectronic devices and technologies, in the emerging fields of microelectromechanical systems and of nanotechnology, in the design of integrated circuits and analog and digital circuits, in the radio-frequency and wireless systems.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The holders of a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering have a formation that makes them able to act as designers, analysts and managers of complex electronic and microelectronic systems, which can be both software and hardware, as well as mixed, in the field of analog and digital electronics, radio-frequency, controls, advanced sensors, and infrastructure. The core faculty of the Master program belong to the “Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione” (Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering) of the University of Pisa, which has a very close relationship with a vast industrial and manufacturing basis, as demonstrated by the over 200 framework agreements established with companies for common research activities, stages, and internships. Of particular importance is the collaboration between the University and STMicroelectronics, which is among the top ten semiconductor companies in the world. This collaboration has led to the creation, at our Department, of a common research and development unit “Tecnologie Microelettroniche e Microsistemi” (Microelectronic Technologies and Microsystems).
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in ELECTRONIC 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, comment 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 on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. 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 examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated 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 in 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 student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes 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 be granted the degree, the student must complete an experimental, theoretical or design activity with significant innovation content, in one of the fields related to the main topics of the Master program.