Academic year 2017/2018

ENERGY ENGINEERING Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

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:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Stefano Pagliara

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 Second Level Degree Programme in Energy Engineering is based on the First Level Degree Programme in Energy Engineering and has the objective of preparing students with a solid background and specific knowledge in the field of Energy Engineering and on the production, use, and distribution of energy. The aim is to have graduates with a deep knowledge of the various topics connected to the field of energy and able to use rigorous technical and scientific methodological approaches in the various fields of energy production, use, design, and production of components and energy systems.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Second Level Degree Programme in Energy Engineering are expected to be able to demonstrate:

- a deep knowledge of the basic instruments of applied sciences;
- a deep knowledge of the various methodologies for analysis of energy systems engineering;
- a deep knowledge of the various energy sources and of the various energy conversion systems;
- ability to evaluate and propose solutions to various technical problems connected to the various different energy uses with specific attention to efficiency and environment protection;
- ability in the use of modern measurement instrumentation, mainly related to thermal, fluid dynamic, and electric fields;
- knowledge of the most important data acquisition techniques, including data handling and analysis;
- ability in organizing scientific research and innovation technology in the various fields of energy engineering;
- ability to communicate technical results in various ways.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The second level graduates can find occupation in manufacturing industry opeating in the field of energy production and distribution or in the design and production of components, devices, and systems for energy conversion.
The degree allows to pursue several professional careers in:

- Manufacturing industry;
- Private and Public enterprises operating in the field of energy;
- National or International Research Organizations;
- Public administration;
- Engineering and Consulting groups.

They may set up their own professional service as engineers after a further examination (Esame di Stato).
Graduation opens to further possibilities for research training, such as PhD courses.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in ENERGY 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

The final dissertation, to which 15 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above-mentioned professional skills on a specific argument, as well as the ability to produce a clear and correct written text (Master Thesis).

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018