MSc degree

The Mas­ter of Sci­ence pro­gramme is char­ac­ter­ized by a strong sci­en­tif­ic and tech­no­log­i­cal nature.
The MSc grad­u­ate should then:

  1. have gained a good grasp of the math­e­mat­i­cal tools nec­es­sary for the analy­sis and design of com­plex automa­tion systems;
  2. have gained a thor­ough under­stand­ing of the tech­nolo­gies and process­es typ­i­cal of some of the major indus­tri­al sec­tors where automa­tion plays an increas­ing­ly impor­tant role;
  3. have devel­oped the abil­i­ty to explore and eval­u­ate the offer and mar­ket trends in the field of instru­men­ta­tion and sys­tem com­po­nents, in view of inno­v­a­tive applications;
  4. have gained famil­iar­i­ty with the most advanced tech­niques for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, analy­sis, sim­u­la­tion, opti­miza­tion, and con­trol of dynam­i­cal sys­tems of all kinds, as well as the abil­i­ty to merge them in an effec­tive and cre­ative man­ner, tai­lored to the spe­cif­ic char­ac­ter­is­tics of the prob­lems to be solved;
  5. have grown apti­tude for team­work and the abil­i­ty to embrace the prin­ci­ples and meth­ods of organization.

Start­ing from the aca­d­e­m­ic year 2010/2011, a Mas­ter of Sci­ence Eng­lish track has been start­ed, and from the Aca­d­e­m­ic Year 2014/15 the Mas­ter has tak­en the name “Automa­tion and Con­trol Engi­neer­ing” and has been offered in English.

A sin­gle cur­ricu­lum is avail­able, taught in Eng­lish, with a few com­ple­men­tary and option­al cours­es taught in Italian.
The 120 cred­its to be earned are divid­ed as follows:

  • manda­to­ry cours­es in Eng­lish lan­guage for 60 credits;
  • com­ple­men­tary cours­es, pre­vail­ing­ly taught in Eng­lish lan­guage, for at least 40 credits;
  • a final the­sis, to which 20 cred­its are reserved.

The manda­to­ry cours­es con­sist of 5 cours­es of 10 cred­its in the first year and 2 cours­es of 5 cred­its in the sec­ond year. One of these cours­es, named “Automa­tion and Con­trol Lab­o­ra­to­ry”, is pre­vail­ing­ly ori­ent­ed towards an exper­i­men­tal activ­i­ty where knowl­edge acquired in var­i­ous cours­es is integrated.
Com­ple­men­tary cours­es can be option­al, freely elec­tive or “align­ment” ones.
Option­al course are orga­nized in two groups. The first group (Tables 1, 2) refers to sub­ject areas typ­i­cal of Automa­tion Engi­neer­ing. The sec­ond group, relat­ed to issues of par­tic­u­lar inter­est (Tables 3, 4) com­pris­es cours­es of var­i­ous nature, with very dif­fer­ent tar­gets, but in any case inter­est­ing for Automa­tion Engineering.
Align­ment cours­es, i.e. all the cours­es intend­ed to fill any gaps in the stu­den­t’s back­ground emerged at the time of admis­sion to the Mas­ter of Sci­ence, can­not be select­ed by the stu­dents when com­pil­ing their Study Plan, but only assigned by the admis­sion Committee.