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


When deciding whether to enroll in the Second-Cycle Degree Program in Materials Engineering, it is important to consider its two strong points. First of all, it is technologically innovative in the sense that it involves the study, experimentation, and planning of new materials and technologies. Secondly, it is a scientifically advanced program, which is based on a comprehensive knowledge of engineering. This program leads to a Second-Cycle Degree in Materials Engineering, (which is the only one of its kind in Emilia-Romagna, and one of the few in all of Italy), and therefore consists of five years of training in engineering disciplines. The degree prepares graduates to work in the management of product innovation and development, and in the advanced design of materials and their properties. They will be able to understand the potentials of calculated modeling approaches in order to predict the characteristics and potentials of materials, plan and manage complex industrial systems, and classify and perform diagnostic testing on materials. Materials Engineers are modern professionals who, through the use of a modeling approach, play an integral role in the implementation of innovative processes.

Course content

In addition to a thorough knowledge of basic materials, graduates in Materials Engineering also possess an in-depth knowledge of production and manufacturing processes and technologies, and the life cycle of materials and of their use even under extreme conditions. During the course of their studies, students will complete their preparation on the chemical and physical characteristics of scientific materials, and of applied materials engineering. Particular attention will be given to the advanced properties of materials and structures. Laboratory activities focusing on the use of experimental methods and modeling approaches to data processing will further expand competencies acquired in the technologies, applications, and productive processes of ceramics, polymers, metals, glass, and composites. The program also includes an internship with leading national or international companies, or a project within the university. The final examination consists of a major experimental activity or project.

Career options

The program produces highly qualified professionals with a solid methodological background and the functional skills to manage innovative projects in the field of materials. These specialized professionals have been trained with a cross-curricular and interdisciplinary approach, which has provided them with a solid preparation in a variety of sectors, such as ceramics, polymers, metals and alloys, glass and composites and related production processes, and making them prime candidates for high-level management jobs. Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive the second-cycle specialization degree in Materials Engineering. Career opportunities include teaching and positions (as self-employed professionals or employees) with higher responsibilities than those of a first-cycle graduate, in companies for the production, transformation, and development of metals, polymers, ceramics, glass and composites, for applications in the chemical, mechanical, electric, and electronic fields, as well as in the sectors of energy, construction, biomedical and environmental engineering, and cultural resources. Graduates can also work in the industrial laboratories of companies, and in public and private institutions. Materials Engineers are trained to play a key role in the field of design, with specific competencies in the prediction of the properties and behavior of materials and structures.

More information

Course Director
prof. Paolo Veronesi
prof. Tiziano Manfredini

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