Mechanical 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 Second-Cycle Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering is aimed at providing a more in-depth preparation in engineering while maintaining a cross-curricular and interdisciplinary approach, making graduates more marketable in all sectors of Mechanical Engineering. Furthermore, the program is characterized by a strong connection to numerous local mechanical industries where many graduates find employment due to the fact that the demand for mechanical engineers far exceeds the supply. This connection is evident by the many municipal research projects which are continuously being developed at university laboratories, and in which students can actively participate. The program also provides the opportunity to spend study periods abroad and to experience the world of work even before graduating through placements in companies.

Course content

Throughout the program, students will expand their knowledge and technical-scientific skills in applied mechanical engineering disciplines, specifically in the sectors of the design of machines and their components, the productive and logistic aspects of mechanical and non-mechanical companies, and the experimentation and coordination of production and design activities. The programm is divided into two sub-programs: General and Industry 4.0. The sub-program General provides the opportunity to acquire a broad spectrum knowledge on the traditional topics of the mechanical industry. The sub-program Industry 4.0 provides the opportunity to explore innovative topics related to the recent evolution of the industry, which is more and more automatic, with high connectivity and distributed artificial intelligence. Second-cycle graduates in Mechanical Engineering will also possess a knowledge of the most recent design methods in the sectors of mechanical technology, the design of machines, fluid machines, fluid power, energetic systems, industrial installations, and automation. A feature of this program is its strong emphasis on design. Students will experience first hand the use of software instruments, including those for industrial applications dedicated to structural design, computational fluid dynamics, automatic design, simulation of fluid power systems and components, rapid prototyping, etc. The mandatory study placement is mainly conducted in local industries. In most cases, the final thesis is focused on problems of industrial interest. In addition to classroom and laboratory activities, students will be encouraged to participate in alternative learning experiences, such as the “Formula Student,” a prestigious competition open to engineering students from all over the world in which they must design and build a vehicle which will test their design, managerial and marketing abilities.

Career options

There are many career opportunities available to Mechanical Engineering graduates due to the fact that the mechanical sector has a large and important presence in Italy and Europe, in all areas of industry. For direct entry into the world of work, graduates can draw on their solid cultural and methodological skills and interdisciplinary training to adapt to applied areas which are complex, diversified, and in continuous evolution. Mechanical Engineering graduates know how to perform and manage activities such as the design, development, production, installation, testing, and maintenance of production lines and departments. They can also move into high-level positions in manufacturing, service companies, and public administrations, working in the field of mechanics, electrical engineering, installations, automation, robotics, and fluid power. Mechanical engineers are often in demand to fill upper management positions. Graduates can also work as self-employed engineers in various specializations regulated by State laws concerning the Order of Professional Engineers.

More information

Course Director
prof. ing. Francesco Pellicano
prof. Ing. Marcello Pellicciari

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