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 (“Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale, curriculum 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.

Established in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of Italy’s foremost academic institutions, with a long-standing tradition in aeronautics and space. Major areas of study and research in space engineering at Pisa include space systems, space mission analysis and design, flight mechanics, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, chemical and electric rocket propulsion, airbreathing propulsion, structures and materials. To this purpose the Aerospace Engineering Section runs a broad set of dedicated facilities and specialized laboratories.

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.


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.


The University of Pisa offers scholarships to the top 18 international students who will enrol for the academic year 2021/2022 in the degree programs taught in English. UniPi scholarships will be awarded evaluating the following factors: CV, Interview, CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) and Country of origin of the applicant, giving priority to the less economically advantaged countries. The scholarships will be paid when the winner arrives in Italy. For MSc students, each scholarship will consist of:

  • First year of course: 6000 EUR (six thousand Euros) net and exemption from University fees
  • Second year of course: 8 thousand euros net and a reduction of 50% of the University fees if the student has obtained at least 36 ECTS credits with an average grade of at least 25/30.

Please visit  https://www.unipi.it/contribution  for full information on the UniPi scholarships.


Applications for the 2021 cycle – classes starting September 2021 – are still open for nationals of EU member countries only. Deadline for non-EU nationals was May 7, 2021; applications for non-EU students are now closed. Next call for the 2022 cycle (classes starting September, 2022) will be published in Fall 2021.

Nationals of EU member countries can apply to MSSE until September 30, 2021, free of charge; or from October 1 to December 31, 2021, with an administrative surcharge. Scholarships, tax waivers and support opportunities are listed at this page.

Click here for instructions and to start the application procedure.