Academic year 2017/2018

VEHICLE 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. Salvo Marcuccio

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First level qualification (3 years Laurea) or foreign equivalent (Bachelor) 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 Automotive Engineering aims to train specialists for the needs of companies involved in the production and in the exercise of vehicles, which are not limited to automobiles, but also include motorcycle, trains and motorsport applications. The achievement of this objective is based on the integration of a knowledge-base regarding different topics of vehicle engineering and mainly vehicle design and vehicle dynamics, thermo-fluid-dynamics and engines, on board electric systems and electronics. The use of computer aided methods or participation to laboratory activities are spread over different courses, as well. The academic professors and lecturers of the Master Laurea in Automotive Engineering belong to different and interdisciplinary engineering areas, and work in close collaboration with companies. This also gives opportunity for internships and Master Thesis developed in cooperation with the industry.

Key Learning Outcomes

Engineers graduated in the The Master of Science in Automotive Engineering can face problems regarding the typical sectors of R&D, production and management, for companies involved in the manufacturing or operation of vehicles or vehicle components.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The main employment for professional engineers graduated in Automotive Engineering are the following:
- innovation and development;
- managing projects, processes or services with a high complexity
The main career opportunities for the engineer graduated in Automotive Engineering are:
- vehicle (cars, motorcycles, trains) industries;
- components industries (OEM);
- transport companies (railways, subways, urban transport);
- technical roles in government agencies and local administrations;
- self-employee consultants.

Access to further study

The Master Laurea in Automotive Engineering allows the graduate also to compete for admission into a third level 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

Dissertation thesis with an oral defense.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018