Aerospace Engineering

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Local:$ 2.53k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 2.53k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Apr 30, 2021
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The University of Pisa offers a two-year graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree with specialization in Space Engineering. The program is fully taught in English to both national and international students.

The degree provides world-class education in space engineering, preparing the students for a successful career in the aerospace sector or for access to a doctoral program, in Europe or elsewhere.

Students are required to take two years of approved courses and research work, for a total of 120 ECTS credits. The final thesis required for graduation can be carried out either at the University of Pisa or at an external institution, like a second university in Italy or abroad, a research center or an industry. Graduation is granted at the end of the second academic year, upon successful fulfillment of the set requirements.

To qualify for the MSSE program, a student has to gain 120 credits in two years (60 credits per year) by passing the examinations of the student’s approved curriculum. The program of study consists of 84 credits of required courses, 12 credits of approved elective courses, and 24 credits for the preparation of the graduation thesis. Elective courses different from the ones suggested by the University are to be chosen from courses that support the broader goals of the space engineering program, subject to the approval of the Degree Program Board (Consiglio di Corso di Laurea). Students willing to follow a program different from the suggested one must have it approved by the Degree Program Board prior to registration for the second academic year of work toward the degree.

For the 2017/18 academic year the courses suggested by the University for the Space Engineering curriculum is the following:

  • Aerospace Dynamic Systems Analysis
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Electric Propulsion
  • Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms
  • Rocket Propulsion
  • Fundamentals of Spacecraft Technology
  • Space Flight Mechanics
  • Space Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics of Propulsion Systems

International students applying for a place must have completed at least three years of undergraduate education in an engineering discipline or in an applied science. Extensive undergraduate preparation in physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, mechanics, engineering and mathematics is required. The Admissions Committee may also consider research papers, publications and other original work. Adequate knowledge of English is required.

Higher education in Italy is largely subsidized by the government. This applies to both foreign and Italian students. Thanks to that, all students enrolled at the University of Pisa are only required to pay an annual enrollment fee (Tassa di iscrizione). The amount of the fee depends upon the country of origin of the student and can vary from a minimum of about € 250 to a maximum of about € 2100. In most cases, foreign students pay tuition fees close to the minimum.

The University of Pisa grants financial aid for international students enrolled in English-language courses. Prospective students are encouraged to apply. 

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