Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Aerospace Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 9234
Degree Programme Class L-9 - Industrial engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Forlì
Degree Programme Director Fabrizio Giulietti
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Programme profile

The degree programme in Aerospace Engineering sets out to train professionals with methodological and operative knowledge of basic research and industrial engineering science, in particular in the aeronautics and aerospace area. Aerospace Engineers are envisaged by ISTAT, National Institute for Statistics, (, and have unique specific competencies compared to other industrial engineering graduates. In particular, graduates have the knowledge required to undertake professional activities in a number of areas, including planning, producing, managing and organising activities, assisting technical-commercial structures, risk analysis, safety management during prevention and emergency stages, both as self-employed professionals and as employees, in aeronautical and aerospace companies.
The programme forms professionals trained to take on responsibility roles in planning aircraft use, flight control, air traffic control, air fleet management, including from a strictly technical point of view (maintenance, aircraft and system updates, etc.). Graduates are able to acquire knowledge that helps them access the world of work in the aerospace sector (or sectors that use advanced technologies) with responsibility roles that deal with quality management systems, production systems, aircraft maintenance.
Additionally, the programme provides knowledge of the tools and procedures adopted by the main organisations involved in civil aviation with technical surveillance, certification, navigation and safety functions.
Students gain direct experience in professional environments by participating, either inside or outside the University, in activities coherent with their degree programme and aimed to develop the ability to work in teams, learn interpersonal skills and receive external incentives in areas that may be used for the final dissertation. The development of the dissertation provides graduates with synthesizing skills, the ability to carry out researches autonomously and following the guidance of a supervisor and to express and discuss personal ideas.

The course is structured in three learning contexts:
- Basic scientific training
This context includes, mathematics and the basics of physics and chemistry, but also information technology, economics and rational mechanics. The disciplines are included in the first two trimesters of lectures and during the first year's programme.
- Basic Principles of Industrial Engineering
This group of courses, scheduled during the second year, provides basic knowledge common to all industrial engineers. In particular, it includes technical design, the mechanical behaviour of materials, fluidodynamics, automatic controls and electrotechnics and electronics.
- Aerospace Engineering
This last group of courses, scheduled during the second and third year, provides traditional aerospace knowledge and constitutes its foundations, also in view of second cycle programmes within the same disciplinary area.
It includes aircraft flight dynamics, flight mechanics, aeronautical constructions and aerospace systems and aerospace propulsion. Aerospace Engineering graduates base their main technical knowledge, their continuous professional learning abilities and their predisposition to continue studying, on these foundations.
At the end of the programme, students are required to take a final exam, based on a written text elaborated autonomously, under the supervision of a supervisor, who is normally a teacher of the Degree Programme, and submitted to an Examination Board.
Subject to passing the state exam, as required by the law, graduates may practice the profession.

More information

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

Course units

Consult the course units in the study plan Link to course structure diagram


To complete their curriculum, 3rd year students must select 9 CFU between lab activities and/or internship. Therefore, they have the possibility to carry out a curricular internship of different duration according to their choice (3, 6, 9 CFU that is 75, 150, 225 hours) in firms that have agreements with the University of Bologna or in facilities of the School itself. Students may also choose to carry out part of their final project through an internship in Italy or abroad. The organization may be chosen directly by students or proposed by professors or by the Internship Office. Before starting the activity, students must be previously authorized by the Internship Committee of the Degree. Students who work already may request the recognition of this experience as a substitute to a work placement.
The internship activity is evaluated after completion with a simple pass/fail criterion.


Extra-curricular activities

The Degree Programme organises seminars, conferences and supplementary courses held by internal professors, foreign professors and qualified professional figures.

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.
Student Mobility Tutor e-mail:

Studying abroad

An international dimension to the School of Engineering and Architecture

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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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: Nicolas Venturini