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 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. According to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2022, the University of Pisa is ranked between 151st and 200th in the world and within the first 4 in Italy. According to the QS World University Ranking 2022, the University of Pisa is ranked 388th worldwide and 7th in Italy.
UniPi has 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 is offering 24 scholarships to the best 24 international students, who will enroll for the academic year 2023/2024 in degree programs in English. The scholarships will be awarded by evaluating the following factors: CV, interview, CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) and country of origin of the applicant, giving priority to less economically advantaged countries. Each scholarship will consist of:
- First year: 6,000 EUR (six thousand euros) and exemption from university fees compatible with the DSU scholarship;
- Second year: 8,000 EUR (eight thousand euros) and a 50% reduction in tuition fees if the student has obtained at least 36 CFUs 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 2024-25 cycle, with classes starting September 2024, are now open. Students who are nationals of non-EU member countries can apply to MSSE until May 5, 2024. Applications received by February 25, 2024, will be pre-assessed by the Admission Board and will be eligible for the UniPi Merit Scholarships. Applications by nationals of non-EU member countries received after February 25 will also be accepted until May 5, 2024, but will not be eligible for the UniPi Merit scholarship.
Students who are nationals of EU member countries can apply to MSSE until September 30, 2024, free of charge; or from October 1 to December 31, 2024, with an administrative surcharge.
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