Requirements

Requirements

The admission announcements for the Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation Engineering Master Programs (Academic Year 2016-2017) are available (PDF format).

In order to gain admission to one of the Master's Programs in Electronic, Computer and Industrial Automation Engineering, the applicant has to satisfy a set of requirements regarding

  1. the degree held,
  2. the skills acquired and the courses attended during her/his academic career (curricular requirements),
  3. the individual background.

A Teaching Committee is purposely designated by the Teaching Council of the EECS course. The Committee has the task of checking whether the applicant can enter the Master's Program based on an evaluation of his/her compliance with the curricular requirements and of the individual background.

1. Degree held

In order to access the Master's Program, the applicant is required to hold a 5-year or 3-year degree, a 3-year diploma, or a foreign qualification degree as far as it is recognized by the Authorized University Board.

2. Curricular requirements

In her/his previous academic career, the applicant must have acquired a minimum number of 36 ECTS (or equivalent number of hours whenever a different system of credit accumulation is used) in the so called basic subjects and at least 45 ECTS the so called characteristic subjects. For Electronic and Computer Engineering, basic and characteristic subjects are:

  • Basic subjects: Foundations of Chemistry for Technologies (CHIM/07) - Experimental Physics (FIS/01) - Material Physics (FIS/03)- Computer Science (INF/01) - Data Processing Systems (ING-INF/05) - Algebra (MAT/02)- Physical Mathematics (MAT/03)-Geometry (MAT/05)- Mathematical Analysis (MAT/06)- Numerical Analysis (MAT/07)- Operational Research (MAT/08) - Probability and Mathematical Statistics (MAT/09) - Statistics for Experimental and Technological Research (SECS-S/02) - 36 ECTS
  • Characteristic subjects: (Computer Science (INF/01)- Applied Mechanics for Machinery (ING-IND/13) - Production Technologies and Systems (ING-IND/16) - Industrial and Mechanical Plants (ING-IND/17) - Electric Circuit Theory (ING-IND/31) - Electrical Converters, Machines and Switches (ING-IND/32) - Industrial Bioengineering (ING-IND/34) - Engineering and Management (ING-IND/35) - Electronics (ING-INF/01) - Electromagnetic Fields (ING-INF/02) -Telecommunications (ING-INF/03) - Automatics (ING-INF/04) - Data Processing Systems (ING-INF/05) - Electronic and Information Bioengineering (ING-INF/06) - Electric and Electronic Measurement Systems (ING-INF/07) - 45 ECTS

For Industrial Automation Engineering, basic and characteristic subjects are:

  • Basic subjects: General and inorganic chemistry (CHIM/03) - Foundations of Chemistry for Technologies (CHIM/07) - Experimental Physics (FIS/01) - Material Physics (FIS/03) - Computer Science (INF/01) - Data Processing Systems (ING-INF/05) - Algebra (MAT/02) - Geometry (MAT/03) - Mathematical Analysis (MAT/05) - Probability and Mathematical Statistics (MAT/06) - Physical Mathematics (MAT/07) - Numerical Analysis (MAT/08) - Operational Research (MAT/09) - Statistics for Experimental and Technological Research (SECS-S/02)) - 36 ECTS
  • Characteristic subjects: Automatics (ING-INF/04) - Electronic and Information Bioengineering (ING-INF/06) - Electric and Electronic Measurement Systems (ING-INF/07) - Naval architecture (ING-IND/01) - Ship structures and marine engineering (ING-IND/02) - Flight mechanics (ING-IND/03) -  Aerospace structures and design (ING-IND/04) -  Aerospace equipments and systems (ING-IND/05) -  Fluid dynamics (ING-IND/06) -  Aerospace propulsion (ING-IND/07) -  Fluid machinery (ING-IND/08) - Energy systems and power generation (ING-IND/09) -  Thermal engineering and industrial energy systems (ING-IND/10) -  Building physics and building energy systems (ING-IND/11) - Mechanical and thermal measurements (ING-IND/12) - Applied mechanics (ING-IND/13) - Mechanical design and machine construction (ING-IND/14) - Design methods for industrial engineering (ING-IND/15) - Manufacturing technology and systems (ING-IND/16) - Industrial mechanical plants (ING-IND/17) - Nuclear reactor physics (ING-IND/18) - Nuclear power plants (ING-IND/19) - Nuclear measurements and instrumentation (ING-IND/20) -  Metallurgy (ING-IND/21) - Materials science and technology (ING-IND/22) -  Applied physical chemistry (ING-IND/23) - Fundamentals of chemical engineering (ING-IND/24) - Chemical plants (ING-IND/25) - Analysis, design and control of chemical processes (ING-IND/26) -  Chemical technologies (ING-IND/27) - Excavation engineering and safety (ING-IND/28) - Electrical engineering (ING-IND/31) - Power electronic converters, electrical machines and drives (ING-IND/32) -  Electrical power systems (ING-IND/33) -  Industrial bioengineering (ING-IND/34) - Business and management engineering (ING-IND/35) - Nuclear and subnuclear physics (FIS/04) - Structural mechanics  (ICAR/08) - 45 ECTS

2.1 Curricular activities not identified through the Italian SSD code and/or the ECTS system

For applicants coming from foreign universities, holding an Italian 5-year degree or in any case presenting curricular activities which cannot be clearly identified through the SSD code and or the ECTS number, the Teaching Committee will verify that the candidate's curriculum is compliant with the curricular requirements. For this purpose, the Committee, after evaluating the academic curriculum, will assign the relevant SSD code and number of ECTS to the courses attended and passed by the candidate.

2.2 Exceptions

In the case of highly qualified and/or strongly motivated candidates, holding a degree not fully compliant with the curricular requirements, the Teaching Committee can resolve to admit  her/him after evaluating her/his academic career and motivations, possibly with an interview. In any case, for the candidate to be eligible for admission, her/his qualification needs to satisfy a few criteria, listed below in the 'Individual qualification' section.

In case of a positive resolution, the Teaching Committee will write a report emphasizing the curricular deficiencies and the possible constraints (for a total amount not exceeding 12 ECTS) the student will have to stick to in drawing up her/his learning plan. In case the applicant's curriculum is eventually considered not compatible with the curricular requirements, the Committee will provide a list of exams the candidate needs to pass, by subscribing to each individual course, before being admitted to the Master's Program.

2.3 Evaluation of the curricular requirements

All the candidates falling in the above two cases need to ask the Teaching Council to evaluate their academic curricula. The request can be presented anytime during the year. Also students pursuing a 3-year degree (i.e., not yet graduated) can submit their request, as long as they have a 3-year learning plan already approved. The curriculum evaluation will take into account also the exams included in the last approved learning plan but not yet passed. In case of a subsequent modification of the learning plan, the previous evaluation will be no longer valid and a new one will be needed. The Committee is bound to provide its evaluation within 45 days from the official registration of the request.

3. Individual background

In order to be admitted to one of the Master's Programs, the candidate has to demonstrate that s/he has certain knowledge and skills, listed in the following.

  • Knowledge of the English language at a level no lower than level B1 of the CEF (Common European Framework). CEF B1 level corresponds to PET level (Preliminary English Test) in the case of the University of Cambridge Examination, to a TOEFL certificate with a total IBT (Internet Based Test) score of 60, or to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 4.5. The applicant will have to demonstrate her/his knowledge of  the English language, upon enrolling for the Master's Program, by means of suitable documentation. In the absence of proper documentation, knowledge of the English language will be assessed through a test to be given tentatively at the beginning of September. Candidate students of the Master's Programs who can prove that they have passed an English language test  to access a University course or that, during their past academic career, have passed an English language exam equivalent to at least 3 ECTS are exempted from the need for presenting the above mentioned certification or giving the English language test. Students from foreign universities can demonstrate their knowledge of the English language by presenting suitable documentation certifying they have passed an English language test or have attended and passed an exam in English. For students who come from countries where English is the official language or have graduated from universities where courses are taught in English, no certification is required. In any case, candidates have to present suitable documentation supporting their request for exemption.
  • Strong background in the basic subjects and in the characteristic engineering subjects. Candidate's background is assessed through a written test. The test is held in two sessions, one in September, the other one in February. One or the other date can be freely chosen by the candidate. Also students pursuing their 3-year degree but not yet graduated can give the test, as long as they have already acquired at least 150 ECTS. Students who have already graduated with a final score of at least 92/110 (90/110 for the Master's Program in Industrial Automation Engineering) are exempted from the test. Students who have not yet graduated and want to register sub judice can also be exempted, if, upon enrollment, their average exam score (computed over the already passed exams and weighted based on the relevant ECTS) is at least 24/30 (23.5/30 for the Master's Program in Industrial Automation Engineering). For students who graduated from a foreign university, the compliance of the final graduation score with the above requirements will be verified by the Teaching Committee. The request for compliance verification can be presented anytime during the year to the Teaching Council.
    The program of the admission test for the MSc in Electronic Engineering can be found here. For the MSc in Computer Engineering, the program of the admission test and an example of the test can be found here.

4. Sub judice registration

Candidates complying with the curricular requirements and with sufficient individual background, who have not yet graduated at the Master's Program registration deadline but have acquired at least 150 ECTS in their 3-year course, can request, within the date set in the yearly official notice, to be enrolled sub judice. Students registered sub judice can attend the courses in the first semester of the Master's Program but are not allowed to give exams. In order for the registration to become effective, students have to graduate within March 1st. Otherwise, the registration will be no longer valid.

5. Curricular requirements assessment

Prospective students of the Master's Programs who need to have their curricular requirements pre-evaluated will have to present the "Curricular requirement assessment form", usually no later than the beginning of September for enrollment in October. The form is available in both Word and PDF formats. The cost of the assessment procedure is € 35. Payment can be made at any ATM of the Unione Banche Italiane by means of a pre-paid card of the PagoBANCOMAT group. Candidates resident outside Italy can make the payment also by bank transfer. Students who graduated from an Italian university need to attach the following documents to the request:

  • a copy (front and back) of a valid ID;
  • the receipt of the payment for the assessment procedure;
  • a certified or self-certified learning plan (not yet graduated students) or a degree certification or self-certification (graduated students), listing all the passed exams with the relevant ECTS, SSD code and learning activity tipology (TAF);
  • an excel form, available on this web site, with the list of exams, grade and CFU.

Students who graduated from a foreign university must include:

  • a copy (front and back) of a valid ID;
  • the receipt of the payment for the assessment procedure;
  • a degree certification with a list of the taken exams issued by the university where the degree was awarded; the document has to be translated into Italian or English;
  • an excel form, available on this web site, with the list of exams, grade and CFU.

The curricular requirement assessment form, together with the required documentation, should be sent to Alessandra Bianchi (alessandra.bianchi@unipv.it). The examining Committee is bound to provide its evaluation within 45 days from the official registration of the request. The result of the assessment procedure will be sent to the email address indicated in the "Curricular requirement assessment form".

6. Notes for students holding a foreign qualification

Students holding a foreign qualification should contact an Italian diplomatic authority in their home country to assemble the necessary documents. Students coming from non-European countries should also check with the Italian authority the deadline to submit their request for pre-enrollment application, which is usually at the beggining of summer time.

The required documents for the application process are listed below. 

  • The original copy of the University diploma (3-year university degree) suitable for enrollment in the Master's Program, translated into Italian (either by the Italian diplomatic authority in their home county or by a translator out of a list provided by the authority). The translation should therefore be certified by the Italian authorities in the country where the qualification was awarded.
  • The original copy of the university diploma must be accompanied by a declaration of its value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), issued by the Italian authorities in the country where the qualification was awarded. Please note that the “Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco” should state that the student has completed at least 12 years of pre-university education.
  • An official document issued by the foreign university containing a list of the exams translated into Italian and legalized by the Italian authority.

Further information on foreign documents validation and deadlines is available.

Further information on how to enroll can be found in the official calls for the EECS courses, which will be published as soon as they become available (indicatively in July).