Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8887
Course class L-9 - Industrial engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Mode of study Convenzionale
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Programme Director Valerio Cozzani
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission to the 1st cycle degree programme in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualification obtained abroad, or a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for the relative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, will be assigned additional learning requirements by the Degree Programme Board on a case-by-case basis.

Admission to the degree programme is also subject to the possession of strong oral and written Italian language skills, logical reasoning skills, knowledge of and ability to use the main results of elementary mathematics and the foundations of experimental sciences. This shall be assessed as described below:

The 1st cycle degree programme in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering may have restricted access, depending on the available resources.

1.1. Entrance exam to assess basic knowledge for open access degree programmes

Students must sit an entrance exam to assess basic knowledge, the methods of which will be published on the University Portal. Students registering with a score of less than the minimum threshold indicated on the University Portal will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA), learning activities covering the knowledge of those subjects included in the first year course units. Additional learning requirements (OFA) are deemed to be completed by passing a specific exam, the methods and terms of which are indicated on the University Portal. At least three exam sessions are expected to be held for additional learning requirements during the academic year.

The deadline for the completion of additional learning requirements is set by the University Bodies and published on the University Portal. Prior to the completion of additional learning requirements, students may in any case sit the exams scheduled for the first year. Students not completing the additional learning requirements by the deadline shall be obliged to enrol in the first year of the study programme again, and will not have the right to apply for shortened programme status.

In the event of:

- Withdrawal from studies;

- Loss of student status;

- Application to opt out of previous degree programme systems;

- Possession of 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;

students are exempted from sitting the entrance exam if in previous academic years they passed the exam at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna or another Engineering Faculty that is a member of the Cisia Consortium, or have passed entrance exams for restricted access programmes in architecture, but without subsequently registering.

In the event of accepting the transfer application beyond the usual terms, students who have not been exempted from sitting the entrance exam will be assigned additional learning requirements.

1.2 Entrance exam to assess basic knowledge for restricted access degree programmes

If the programme is run on a restricted access basis, the number of places and selection methods are published annually in the relative call for applications.

Students shall be required to sit an entrance exam to assess their knowledge in order to register for the 1st cycle degree programme. Students registering with a score of less than the minimum threshold laid down in the call for applications will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA), learning activities covering the knowledge of those subjects included in the first year course units. Additional learning requirements (OFA) are deemed to be completed by passing a specific exam, the methods and terms of which are indicated in the call for applications. At least three exam sessions are expected to be held for additional learning requirements during the academic year.

The deadline for the completion of additional learning requirements is set by the University Bodies and published on the University Portal.

Prior to the completion of additional learning requirements, students may in any case sit the exams scheduled for the first year. Students not completing the additional learning requirements by the deadline shall be obliged to enrol in the first year of the study programme again, and will not have the right to apply for shortened programme status.

1.3 Assessment of language skills

Admission to the degree programme is subject to the assessment of knowledge and skills in the English language, to level B1.

Students holding a corresponding language certification are exempted from sitting this exam.

Students achieving a level of less than B1 in the language test will be assigned additional language learning requirements.

Students with language deficits must overcome these in preparation for subsequent exams, according to the following schedule:

- Language skills to level B2 in the first year: language skills must be demonstrated to level B1 prior to the year III exams.

Specific learning outcomes of the Programme

The 1st cycle degree programme aims specifically to produce the professional figures of Junior Chemical Engineer and Junior Biotechnological Engineer.

The learning outcomes are achieved through a curriculum focusing on six main learning areas, consistent with the competences required by the professional profiles:

1. Basic skills in mathematics, physics and chemistry

2. Basic engineering knowledge, including elements of materials, mechanical and electrical engineering.

3. Biochemistry and biotechnologies

4. Thermodynamics and fluid dynamics

5. Transport phenomena

6. Unit operations and chemical processes

In addition to these six learning areas, graduates will develop skills in professional autonomy, communication and self-learning.

These learning outcomes are achieved through a curriculum allowing students to master the methodological aspects of industrial engineering, including the analysis of matter transformation processes referred to chemical, mechanical, electrical and material problems. Students will learn to apply the set of specialist, in-depth knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, biochemistry, biotechnologies and unit operations, developing the set of professional tools required to analyse and run industrial chemical and biochemical matter transformation processes. The curriculum is supported by laboratory work and may include internships. The programme allows graduates to pursue careers that are coherent with the above-mentioned skill set, guaranteeing the ability to correctly apply the various skills learned to a professional context, analysing and understanding industrial transformation systems and processes.

Programme profile

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Internship

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 second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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More information

First year classes will take place in Viale del Risorgimento. Second and third year classes will take place in Via Terracini.

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:
Prof. Carlo Stramigioli
Prof.ssa Sarah Bonvicini