Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Aerospace 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 8769
Course class LM-20 - Aerospatial and astronautic engineering
Years in which the programme is being held


Mode of study Convenzionale
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Forlì
Degree Type Multiple degree
Type International Degree Programme
Programme Director Paolo Tortora
Teachers Teachers
Language English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

For a successful attendance to the course, the enrolling student must have acquired basic knowledge in mathematics, physics and engineering.
To access the Master Degree course in Aerospace Engineering the student must have earned a Bachelor's (First cycle) degree, or another five-year laurea degree (Italian) or another equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
The Master Degree course admits a planned number of students each year, in relation to the available resources. The number of admitted students and the selection methods are published yearly in the relative “Call for applications”.
Admission to the restricted access degree programme is subject to demonstration of the required knowledge and skills, by passing the exam with a minimum score indicated in the “call for applications”.
Students must also provide proof of knowledge of English language of at least B2 Level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If the aforementioned certification, issued by a “Centro Linguistico di Ateneo” (CLA) or an equivalent certifying entity, is missing, the AEROSPACE ENGINEERING Degree Programme Board can verify that the candidate's English language competence is at least sufficient for a correct understanding of the classes and for the examinations to be carried out in English. This entry requirement will be evaluated on the basis of the candidate's curriculum vitae and, if necessary, by means of an interview with a specifically nominated Board, so as to enable the student to enrol on the course anyhow.
In that case, a certification of English language of at least B2 level has to be obtained anyway by the end of the first year of enrollment.
Only nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement. Applicants who obtained a Bachelor's degree in one of the mentioned countries, or a Bachelor's degree taught in English are also exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement.
Further details can be found in the Course Regulations.

Programme profile

The 2nd cycle degree programme produces professionals with a high level of preparation and specialization, able to fill technical and management positions in working contexts which require specific skills in basic science and industrial engineering, with a specific focus in aerospace engineering.
Graduates must be able to apply analytical tools, numerical simulation techniques and experimental laboratory methods. Professionally, graduates will be able to produce physical/mathematical models to analyse aircraft and spacecraft requirements and performance and the physical environment they move in. They may also study advanced methods for air traffic monitoring and control using information processing and telecommunication systems in aerospace environments.

These learning outcomes are achieved through a learning programme which, based on a solid background in physics and mathematics is completed in this 2nd cycle degree programme by some specific course units, the acquisition of professional and operative skills in all specific disciplines of Aerospace Engineering, and in particular aerodynamics, flight mechanics, aerospace structures and materials, propulsion and aerospace systems. The course curriculum, including the preparation of the dissertation, leaves space for autonomous learning activities, including workshops, allowing students to develop strong skills in the planning, design, manufacturing and assembly of highly complex systems.

2nd cycle graduates will be able to operate professionally in production innovation and development, advanced design, planning and programming, management of complex systems, both as freelance or employed in manufacturing and service industries and in civil service. 2nd cycle graduates may find employment in aircraft and aerospace industries; public and private aerospace research and development institutions; air transport companies; air traffic control authorities; the air force and aeronautical sectors of other corps; manufacturing industries which require skills in aerodynamics and light structures.

Course units

The course units are listed according to the chosen curriculum


Second-year students may participate in a curricular internship of 300 hours (12 credits) in firms that have agreements with the University of Bologna, either in Italy or abroad, or in facilities of the Degree itself. The organisation may be chosen directly by students or proposed by professors or by the Internship Office. Students who work already may request that this experience be recognised as a substitute to a work placement, as long as the experience is in line with the degree learning outcomes.

The internship activity is evaluated after completion with a simple pass/fail criterion.


International mobility

Bologna University offers its students a series of study and training programmes abroad, both in Europe and worldwide. The University of Bologna is part of international networks, in particular it signs many Bilateral Agreements within the Erasmus+ programme and agreements with country outside Europe (Overseas programme).
Participation in the networks is aimed at promoting the cooperation between universities, while the agreements contribute to enhance academic relations for students, professors and researchers exchange.

Moreover, two agreements for the granting of a Double Degree (or multiple degree) are active with:
-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)
- KTH- Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)

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Studying abroad

An international dimension to the School of Engineering and Architecture

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

Professional Figure:

Aerospace and Astronautical Engineering
The specific engineering and technical background offers graduates in Aerospace Engineering access to a wide range of occupations, also working in fields normally covered by mechanical, industrial and management engineers, including:

Working also with highly complex systems, both in strictly aerospace fields and more general industrial fields, analysing fluid-dynamic fields associated with different systems, in charge of aerodynamic design. Drafts simplified physical and mathematical models to estimate aerodynamic loads. Uses numerical models to analyse motion in various aerospace and industrial applications, calculating the aerodynamic load on various elements. Uses even sophisticated calculation software with different turbulence models for non-linear analyses in different situations. Carries out experimental tests in wind tunnels or specific experimental plants and critically interprets the data.

Design and management of quality and production systems in manufacturing industries which apply advanced technologies in the field of materials, aerodynamics and light structures.
Guarantees the design, production, testing and management of the principal conventional and non-conventional systems, managing logistics and the optimisation of production and processes generally. Analyses and manages complex manufacturing systems, competently selecting the materials and heat treatments, assessing costs and introducing appropriate innovation in processes, equipment and aeronautical and industrial production systems generally. Plans and monitors the reliability and quality of production, and at the same time, assures innovation and positioning in the most advanced product markets.

Occupies positions of responsibility in design, management, coordination and development of industrial and/or research activities in public and private bodies and aerospace companies, as well as innovative activities within the freelance field. Produces design specifications, plans development and design activitiesfor all parts and components. Designs new technical solutions starting from the definition of specifications through to prototyping and production. Draws up physical and mathematical models to interpret the behaviour of the designed components and systems, focusing on functional improvement. Uses even sophisticated calculation software and carries out experimental tests to check the functional features of products. Produces the technical documentation required for internal production and installation at customer premises.

Holds positions of responsibility in the design of individual subsystems and plantson board aeronautical and space vehicles to ensure the operational life of the system (vehicle steering and control, power output and distribution, avionics and on-board information transmission and processing electronic systems, heatcontrol and air-conditioning systems, etc.) as well as ground systems formission control and experimentation. Defines the functional architecture for single units, identifies the functional terms of components and the influence of the external environment and dynamic interactions on systems and subsystems, using specific survey methods, including simulation for experimental,analytical and numerical modelling.

Holds positions of responsibility in the study of aeronautical and space systems as a whole and the interaction and integration of subsystems within the configuration, in order to achieve the objectives of the mission. Also deals with the ground and flight experimentation of aeronautical and space systems,on-board, steering, navigation instrumentation and system control. Designs and develops methodologies, subsystems and instrumentation for special applications including remote surveying.

Draws up physical and mathematical models for performance analysis. Studies the influence of aircraft centring on stability and controllability features and of configuration on take-off and landing performance. Designs subsystems and ground instrumentation to measure trajectories and orbits and for data acquisition and transmission. Uses calculation software to optimise trajectories to reduce atmospheric and noise pollution. Critically analyses the data from previous missions. Provides consulting for accidents. Studies international air traffic control laws.

Working also with advanced systems, both in strictly aerospace fields and more general industrial fields, this professional figure possesses widespread knowledge in the preparation, processing and applications of materials, using the competences acquired both on structural materials (metals and polymers) and functional materials (such as advanced materials for the micro-mechanical and electronic industries). In each material class, the specific competences are based on the understanding of the relations between the material micro-structure and their properties (mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc.), competences underlying the basic common training of industrial engineers. Materials engineers also have the tools required for material characterisation, processing and functionalisation and is able to choose materials and production processes to suit a given component, considering the influence of transformation and subsequent processing on the structure and properties of thematerial.

Based on in-depth theoretical and scientific knowledge of even highly complex systems inboth specific aerospace and more general industrial fields, they hold organisational and managerial roles requiring basic technological competences, particularly in the analysis and management of production and logistical processes and company management processes. They are also able to critically analyse and solve problems affecting the management and control of airline fleets, aircraft maintenance, also concerning the modification and certification of systems and plants, the management of operational, administrative and technical-commercial processes.

Main professional competences:
• Ability to work in research, design and development areas, investigating the new frontiers of technology, not only using advanced components and methodologies but also developing new ones for innovative applications or improved cost-performance ratios.
• Ability to work with knowledge from different fields of aerospace engineering: Flight Mechanics, Structures and Materials, Plants and Systems, Fluid-dynamics and Propulsion.
• Ability to manage complex projects pushing performance to the limits of technological feasibility, developing new components and subsystems and using innovative methods and procedures.

Career Opportunities:
• Aerospace, Naval, Mechanical, Processing and Car Manufacturing industries;
• Windenergy production systems;
• Industries producing machinery and systems with relevance to fluid-dynamics, advanced materials and light structures, plants and plant interaction;
• Airlines;
• Air traffic control authorities;
• Space agencies;
• Airline maintenance companies.

More information

To improve the learning opportunities available to the students the degree programme provides teaching and research laboratories.

This degree programme also has a Computing Laboratory for the preparation of 2nd cycle degree dissertations.

Contact details

Degree Programme Secretariat

Student Administration Office

Degree Programme Tutor


The Tutor acts as an interface between the students and the Degree Programme to offer a tangible reference for the teaching activities, to collect information and comments, as well as to receive any claims or feedbacks about existing critical conditions and, in general, the students' requests regarding logistic and organizational aspects or other issues.
He/she has also the function of providing a personalized support to learning, with the objective of maintaining the contacts with students who may for various reasons (for example, job activities) encounter major difficulties at tests/exams and of setting up a clear programming for their studies and career. The Tutor participates into the orientation activities, provides support to the Degree Programme Coordinator in the management of students' practices, and collaborates in the activities for the surveying of students' opinion about the teaching activities.

Reference contact: Gabriele Caselli