Degree course in italian
Degree course
Master's Degree
MIUR Class
Ingegneria dei materiali - LM-53. (DM270)
2 years
Academic year
Type of access/Available places
Free access course
Career opportunities - Ingegneri dei materiali

Course description

Access to the C.d.L.M. in Aerospace Engineering is granted to those who meet all the following requirements:
1) To have acquired, in the Scientific Disciplinary Sectors indicated for the basic training activities for the L9- Industrial Engineering Degree Class, a minimum number of 36 CFU, acquired in any university course (Degree, Specialist Degree, Master's Degree, First and Second Level University Masters).
2) To have acquired, in Scientific Disciplinary Fields characterising the Class of Degrees in Industrial Engineering, a minimum number of 30 CFU acquired in any university course (Degree, Specialised Degree, Master's Degree, First and Second Level University Masters). The didactic regulations of the Course of Studies will indicate the disciplinary sectors specifically required, indicating for each, or for sets of them, the number of CFUs required.
3) Be in possession of a good knowledge of the English language.
Access to the course is also open to holders of a Laurea Specialistica or Laurea Magistrale in Engineering (as per DM 509/1999 or DM 270/2004) or a Diploma in Engineering obtained according to the regulations in force prior to DM 509/1999.
A personal preparation test is envisaged for access to the C.d.L.M. in Aerospace Engineering. The methods for carrying out the test are set out in the study course's Didactic Regulations.
The test may be replaced by certification of English language knowledge equal to level B2, or higher, of the CEF (Common European Network) or another equivalent qualification.
Admission to the Master's Degree Course is by means of a compulsory test to assess individual preparation, consisting of an interview, which is a prerequisite for subsequent enrolment.
Failure to pass the test to assess the adequacy of individual preparation does not allow enrolment. Students who have passed the test will be able to enrol after having obtained the aptitude test.
The assessment tests, scheduled according to the annual Announcement of Admission, must in any case be preceded, for each individual candidate, by the verification of the existence of the curricular requirements.

The annual Announcement of Enrolment to the Course of Study will explain the procedures for any exemption from the test (interview) required for access.


Technological engineer experienced in transformation processes with traditional and innovative materials


Functions in a working context:

Masterial Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology graduates will be characterised by:
a thorough knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of materials engineering;
a critical awareness of the technological and regulatory developments in the chosen field;
The graduate will possess theoretical and operational skills that will ensure significant knowledge of materials engineering and nanotechnology and the associated product and process innovation processes. In particular, the skills acquired will enable graduates to enter working contexts involving, for example:
-the development of new products and processes for all industries that use transformation processes of metallic, polymeric, composite, nanocomposite, ceramic materials for the manufacture of manufactured goods;
-the development of new products and processes for the biomedical industry
-the development of new products and processes in the area of nanotechnologies for electronic, opto-electronic, biomedical and industrial applications in general
-the design of a new product, process or system, also including the problems related to the management of the product life cycle (from production to distribution to its maintenance) evaluating the specific safety and eco-compatibility issues;

Thanks to the multidisciplinary approach, the graduate in materials engineering will be able to acquire the skills useful to design, build, install, test, effectively manage and control complex production systems (such as machines and plants together with the means to operate them and their related services); to make choices concerning the executive and detailed design and to effectively conduct and plan tests and experimental plans both for the development of a new product and for the control of existing industrial systems.
Specifically, graduates will be able to perform a variety of roles in the process industry, as well as leadership, coordination and managerial roles, in collaboration with other specialised technical figures such as engineers, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists and doctors.
Process roles include:
Process engineer and expert in the development of new products and processes for the metal, polymeric, composite and ceramic materials processing industry; expert engineer in the development of new products and processes for the biomedical industry, expert engineer in the development of new products and processes in the area of nanotechnology for electronic, opto-electronic, biomedical and industrial applications in general


competences associated with the function:

The graduate will acquire interdisciplinary skills, both theoretical and operational in nature, which will ensure mastery in addressing and solving the main problems of industrial production and design, where transformation processes of materials and nanomaterials or the innovation associated with them are required. In particular, their skills will cover
The two-year undergraduate degree course in Aerospace Engineering, taught in English, was activated in the 2013-14 academic year, stemming from the pre-existing LM course in Aerospace Engineering, active until the 2012-13 academic year.

The teaching activities take place in the Brindisi campus of the University of Salento.

The planned educational pathway is divided into two addresses, with 11 examinations (6 of which are shared):
The Aerospace Design address ensures specialist training for those coming from a first level industrial background (mechanics, management, materiaili, etc.).
The Aerospace System Engineering address is aimed at those who have already had aerospace-oriented training in the first three years, i.e. have already acquired basic skills in fluid dynamics and flight mechanics.
Common training is provided for courses that ensure/complete that training which is useful for both addresses, in order to acquire theoretical, practical and experimental skills on:
- Aeronautical and Space Propulsion
- Aeronautical Engines
- Aerodynamics and Gasdynamics,
- Aerospace Structures
- CAD for Aerospace Applications
- Flight Mechanics and Dynamics

The possibility of choosing a seventh examination concerning aerospace engineering is also common.
Those who choose the Aerospace Design pathway
- will gain the skills and knowledge required for the specific profile of the aerospace engineer who designs or participates in the development of atmospheric and space vehicles (from mission requirements to configuration, from design to the dimensioning of structural elements, from the definition of the propulsion system to its integration);
- they will learn the use of numerical analysis tools for design and simulation;
- they will deepen their knowledge of Aerospace Construction and Flight Mechanics, in order to achieve advanced design skills in the aerospace field of innovative and unconventional configurations;
- they will acquire skills concerning the development and use of composite materials, manufacturing technologies, etc.
Those pursuing Aerospace Systems Engineering will acquire skills and knowledge on
- avionics systems and on-board electronics;
- control systems;
- sensors and their integration;
- energy storage issues (batteries).
The presence of baskets in both courses will give students the opportunity to choose how to complete their education on topics relating to aerospace production and/or industry regulations.
In order to develop and broaden the student's aptitude for dealing with real-life cases, several courses (e.g. Aerospace Propulsion, Aircraft Design, Numerical Methods, etc.) include a year-long paper, in some cases a multidisciplinary one. All courses are subject to a final examination with a grade expressed in thirtieths.
The training cycle is completed by an internship (150 hours) and the final dissertation, both of which take place in the second semester of the second year.
The final examination consists of the discussion of a paper that serves to prove the possession of the competences envisaged by the educational objectives assigned to the course of study.
The paper proposed for the final examination, characterised by originality, always refers to a significant experience that may concern:
- a project activity;
- an in-depth study of a basic or applied research theme;
- an experimental research activity, carried out in university laboratories or at external organisations.

Course modules