Mechanical engineering

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The degree program in Mechanical Engineering, which of all the Faculties of Engineering in the University of Modena has the highest number of students registered, is characterized by a strong connection with numerous, local mechanical industries, where many graduates find employment. Furthermore, due to a broad-based multidisciplinary preparation, graduates can work in many other industrial sectors, even if they are not purely mechanical. As a result, the very strong demand for young mechanical engineers far exceeds the supply. In addition to the first-cycle degrees, there are extensive program offerings, which include two second-cycle degree programs in mechanics, a doctoral research program, and several Masters programs. The academic staff is employed on a full-time basis, easily accessible to students, and actively involved in national and international research. The learning environment is welcoming. There are many classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, libraries, study rooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, etc. The program also provides the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs and to experience the world of work even before graduating, through placements in companies.

Course content

The first part of the program provides a basic knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, enabling students to gain a solid understanding of methodological- operational aspects and use their knowledge to interpret and describe engineering problems. Additionally, beginning in the first year, students will acquire the engineering knowledge and skills which will permit them to adequately understand the general concepts of mechanical engineering. These range from mechanical design to thermodynamics, from energy conversion systems to the functional principles of the machinery used for such systems, from the analysis of mechanisms to their final design, and from productive technologies to plant services. Furthermore, the course provides fundamental knowledge about materials science, electrical engineering and automation. In addition to traditional lectures, course activities will also include laboratory experiences in which each student will be able to practice and verify the skills acquired. For several years now, the program has offered some students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to design and build a racecar for the prestigious “Formula Student” competition, which is open to Faculties of Engineering from all over the world. Students can also take advantage of our excellent tutoring program which is run by professors and senior students, and which allows them to use the website to find updated information and the instructional material for each course.

Career options

Upon completion of the three-year program, graduates will become qualified Mechanical Engineers. Most employment opportunities lie in the industrial sector, particularly in the mechanical, electromechanical and chemical areas, and in the automation and robotic industries operating in the production of machines, components, systems, and installations. The responsibilities of graduates in Mechanical Engineering are very diversified and principally involve planning, production, management and organization, as well as support in the field of technical-commercial structures. Mechanical engineers can also work as self-employed planners or consultants, or in public administration, where their duties are mainly in the areas of management or monitoring. Successful graduates will have direct access to all second-cycle degree programs of the Faculty of Engineering belonging to the disciplinary area LM-33 (Mechanical Engineering and Vehicle Engineering) and may also be able to enroll in the second-cycle program in Materials Engineering.

More information

Course Director
prof. Ing. Francesco Pellicano

The course is managed by the "Enzo Ferrari" Department of Engineering