Academic year 2020/2021

INGEGNERIA DEI VEICOLI Degree Programme Profile

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. Salvo Marcuccio

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First level qualification (3 years Laurea) or an equivalent foreign qualification (Bachelor) in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if the 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 the Degree Programme Council with the possible assignment of extra work to be completed 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 motorcycles, 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's degree in Automotive Engineering belong to different and interdisciplinary engineering areas, and work in close collaboration with companies. This also gives the opportunity for internships and Master Thesis developed in cooperation with the industry.

Key Learning Outcomes

Engineers graduated in 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's degree in Automotive Engineering allows the graduate to also 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, 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

Dissertation thesis with an oral defense.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021