Academic year 2020/2021


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. Luca Sanguinetti

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 Degree Programme in Telecommunication Engineering provides professional figures able to design telecommunication systems and to operate in the broadband and constantly evolving field of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The aim is to have graduates with skills in many interdisciplinary areas, including signal processing, transmission technology, network architecture, multimedia systems, radar technology and remote sensing, propagation theory and antenna design. The learning experience is organized in classical courses dealing with the theoretical aspects of communication disciplines supported by laboratory activities.
The Degree Programme has four tracks: Communication Systems, Communication networks, radar and remote sensing, applied electromagnetics.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
-) knowledge of commercial communication systems;
-) knowledge of software tools for modeling and simulation of telecommunication systems;
-) ability in the design of communication networks, wireless transmission systems, radar and remote sensing sensors;
-) analysis capability of the performance of complex communication systems;
-) ability in the design of antenna systems;
-) ability in the design of electronic circuits for the radio front end of a trasmit/receive equipment.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The graduates find employment in the field of communication system design, analysis and manufacturing, data analysis and interpretation, information technology and system simulation, optimization theory and techniques and applied electromagnetics.
The degree prepares students for the profession of:
- Engineer of telecommunication systems and information technology
- Laboratory manager
- Researcher in private and public companies
- Teacher in private and public schools
- Consultant for public and private companies

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in TELECOMMUNICATIONS 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

In order to obtain the qualification, the student must sit a final examination to which 24 ECTS credits are allocated. The student is asked to prepare and discuss a thesis on a specific topic in the telecommunication field. The dissertation must demonstra

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021