Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Civil Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 0930
Course class LM-23 - Civil engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Mode of study Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies

The degree programme has the the following curricula:

  1. Building and infrastructures
  2. Water and geomatics engineering
  3. Roads and transportation
  4. Structures
Place of teaching Bologna
Programme Director Vittorio Di Federico
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the degree programme

Curricular requirements: Admission to the degree programme is subject to holding a three-year degree, or at least 180 CFU, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad. Admission to the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme is open to graduates who satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

- first cycle degree, with at least the following credits: credits in SSD in the CIVIL ENGINEERING FIELD, as laid down in the three-year degree programme system regulations for Civil Engineering, Bologna Campus (ICAR/01, ICAR/02, ICAR/04, ICAR/05, ICAR/06, ICAR/07, ICAR/08, ICAR/09; ICAR/10, ICAR/11, ICAR/17): credits obtained: 51, credits obtained in SSD ICAR/01, ICAR/02, ICAR/04, ICAR/05, ICAR/06, ICAR/07, ICAR/08, ICAR/09 . 39, credits obtained in MAT and FIS. 24.

- first cycle degree in class L-7 ( Civil and Environmental Engineering) ex DM 270/2004 or class 8 ( Civil and Environmental Engineering) ex DM 509/1999 with a final degree score of 110/110.

The same criteria apply to 2nd cycle graduates in Italy under ex 270/2004 or ex DM 509/99 and graduates from five-year single cycle degree programmes in Italy: graduates from degree programme systems which did not apply a credit system shall be calculated according to an annual credit for each subject of 12 CFU and a semi-annual credit of 6 CFU.

- university degree obtained abroad and accepted by the Degree Programme Board. Eligibility is determined according to the aforementioned criteria where it is possible to convert the degree score to the Italian system, and where the scientific-disciplinary fields and number of credits obtained by the student are easily classifiable according to the above scheme. If conversion and/or identification are not possible, the students' career will be assessed by the Degree Programme Board on a case-by-case basis.

Admission to students who do not possess the aforementioned requirements is subject to the eligibility assessment by the Degree Programme Board based on the students' academic career (obtained credits, scores, final degree scores).

Requirements related to personal competencies and skills

Personal academic preparation is deemed to grant eligibility for graduates who satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

- final degree score of at least 92/110 (or 80/100);

- minimum number of credits obtained in specific subjects as shown below:

subject: ICAR/01, ICAR/02 at least 15 CFU

subject: ICAR/04, ICAR/05 at least 15 CFU

subject: ICAR/06, ICAR/07 at least 15 CFU

subject: ICAR/08, ICAR/09 at least 15 CFU

subject: MAT/03, MAT/05, MAT/07 at least 24 CFU

subject: FIS/01 at least 9 CFU

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree in Civil Engineering for students who do hold the aforementioned requirements is subject to the eligibility assessment by the Degree Programme Board of the students' academic career.

For students holding a university degree obtained abroad and deemed appropriate by the Degree Programme Board, for which the conversion of the degree score to the Italian system is possible, the adopted criteria are those which apply to graduates in Italy; otherwise the students' academic career will be assessed by the Degree Programme Board.

A special Admissions session may be held for international students, with a Board appointed to assess the candidates' personal competencies and skills; this session will be compatible with the schedule established in the call for applications for study grants (which expires around the month of May every year).

International students passing the above-mentioned assessment are exempted from the assessment of their personal competencies and skills which are required for other students.

The Degree Programme Board may exonerate candidates from the assessment of personal competencies and skills in the event of:


loss of student status

application to opt out of previous degree programme systems

holding an academic qualification obtained from, or learning activities carried out in, foreign universities,

transfer from another degree programme at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

transfer from another university

The assessment in this case is based on the analysis of the candidate's previous academic career.

Programme profile

Specific learning outcomes of the Programme

Building on a solid grounding in physics and mathematics, the 2nd cycle degree programme further studies the mathematical tools specifically required for civil engineering applications (learning area 1), developing knowledge and professional and practical skills in all fields of civil engineering, particularly for:

i) the design, construction, management and control of civil building works, hydraulic works, infrastructures and geotechnical works (learning area 2);

ii) the planning, design and management of infrastructures for landscape management and development, in particular transportation systems and infrastructures for the management and protection of water resources, as well as land and urban surveying;

iii) assessment, planning, design for safeguarding from seismic and hydro-geological risk in civil fields.

The degree programme has four curricula, cross-cutting the learning areas and associated to different professional figures and career opportunities:





The curriculum provides ample room for autonomous learning activities: exercises, laboratory experiments for the production of design work and study of specific subjects, allowing students to develop strong skills in the design, execution, management and monitoring of even highly complex works.

Expected learning outcomes

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The School of Engineering and Architecture allows students to perform an internship in order to get credits (CFU) included in the study plan according to the rules set by the degree programmes.
‘Curricular' internship is a learning activity included in the study plan. It can be compulsory or elective, depending on the degree programme, and can be performed both in Universities or other organizations, in Italy or abroad. Some degree programmes allow students to perform internships in preparation for the final thesis.
Graduates within 12 months after graduation are offered the possibility to perform an ‘orientation' internship in order to get a deeper knowledge of the work field.

Further details on the School website page about internships.

International mobility

As part of its educational opportunities, every year the School fosters programmes and international agreements enabling undergraduates and graduates to attend degree programmes , take exams, participate in company internships or research programmes in the most famous European and extra-European universities or other institutions.
Details about opportunities abroad at the International student office

Access to further study

It gives access to thirdcycle studies (PhD/Specialisation schools) and to professional master'sprogrammes.

Career opportunities

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Contact details

For administrative information students can contact:

Student Administration Office
Teaching Office
Internship Office
Student International Mobility Office

For information on the degree programmes students can contact the programme tutor .
For information on credit recognition from previous degrees students can contact: