MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in MECHANICAL 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:
Prof. SANDRO BARONE
Department of INGEGNERIA CIVILE E INDUSTRIALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Salvo Marcuccio
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
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.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (CLMIM) aims at training professionals characterized by a high degree of technical skills and up to date knowledge in specific areas of interest for the industrial world. The training activities include consolidation and completion of scientific preparation and the deepening of specific technical topics. The CLMIM is organized to give the students a solid preparation of the basic disciplines and updated competences necessary to operate in engineering industry such as: analysis, design, production and material selections. The increasing level of competitiveness requires to improve the performance of the existing products and to reduce the time to market, the production costs, the energy consumption and the environmental impact. This requires the work of highly qualified professionals, such as those trained by the CLMIM, who have the skills to deal with complex technical problems of high complexity and requiring the application of innovative solutions. These skills include the use of modern and computer aided techniques for the analysis and the design of components, for the control and the management of plants and processes and for the conduction of tests and experiments.
Key Learning Outcomes
To fulfil the tasks required by the profession, high-level skills and the abilities to maintain these skills through continuous professional updating are needed. Graduates will have developed knowledge and operative abilities in the field of computer-aided design (computer-aided engineering), in the analysis, design and management of production processes, in selecting and modelling materials, in verifying the operative behaviour and the structural properties of mechanical components, in analysing and designing automatic and mechatronics components, in applying thermo-fluid dynamic models for energy applications particularly in industrial plants.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Based on the experience of the recent years, after obtaining the Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, graduates are employed for conducting research or apply existing knowledge in the broad field of mechanics. These activities include: designing, drawing, verifying, functionally monitoring and controlling, manufacturing and maintaining mechanical components and assemblies that are: structural elements, tools, engines, machines, equipment and systems. Other graduates are involved in: supervising and managing technical activities, conducting research and studies on the characteristics of the materials or in their production, processes and disposal. The graduates have the following main career opportunities:
* employees with technical or managerial positions in companies operating in the manufacturing of goods or in providing high technology services
* students in Ph.D. courses
* professionals Mechanical Engineers (the access to the profession is ruled by State laws) for providing technical services to manufacturing companies and service organizations (industry, security, transport, energy, etc ...)
* founders or developers of start-up companies for the design and industrialization of patents and innovative ideas.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in MECHANICAL 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 receive the master degree the student has to complete the curricular exams and to develop a dissertation thesis. The thesis, which is evaluated as an activity of 18 ECTS, has to be presented as a written report and discussed in the final test