Materials engineering

Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaTechnology
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The material engineer is an industrial engineer able to select the materials and the processes suitable for the involved application, to design and make new materials, and to predict and simulate their behaviour. It is a highly requested professional role, as it is increasingly clear that the future relies on the development of new materials. Graduates in Mechanic Engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia have access to the Master's Degree Programme in Material Engineering with no credit obligations. As regards the other students with a bachelor's degree, a specific Board decides whether there is the need for any study programme integrations.

Course content

The Master's Degree Programme in Material Engineering deals with the manufacturing processes and technologies of the main classes of materials (ceramics, glass, metal, polymers and composites) and trains students to predict their behaviour when used, as well as define their reaction to external stresses (mechanic, thermal, chemical). The training programme also examines the chemistry and physics of the solid state, which are distinctive of material science and engineering. Through laboratory activities aimed at implementing experimental methods and model approaches, the programme explores the skills acquired on technologies, applications and manufacturing processes.

Career options

The materials engineer is an industrial engineer with the skills required to work in a company as a researcher and developer of innovation products and processes, and with a knowledge ranging from the correct use of the raw materials available to the rational use of energy resources for a careful evaluation of the impact that manufacturing activities have on the environment. The Materials Engineer can also work in a research team for the development of advanced materials or new technologies for the transformation of materials, as well as carry out counselling activities in the sector of manufacturing, application and behaviour of the materials when used.

More information

Course Director
prof. Paolo Veronesi
prof. Tiziano Manfredini

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