What will you learn?
Materials Engineering covers a broad range of applications and industries, such as advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, energy industry, transport & aerospace industries, biomedical industry, semiconductors, photonics & telecommunications, textile industry, etc.
Thanks to this strongly inter- and multi-disciplinary Master's degree programme, you will learn how to design more performant, cost-competitive and sustainable advanced materials according to their final application and how to produce and process them with the most recent advanced manufacturing techniques.
The Materials Engineering for Industry 4.0 MSc programme offers three speclaist tracks: Materials Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (English-taught), where you can focus on materials and innovative sustainable processes, such as additive manufacturing, surface technology, joining techniques, etc.; Structural Materials, targeted to materials for the energy, transport & aerospace industries and Functional Materials, where you can explore materials for electronic devices, biomaterials, nanomaterials and nanotechnologies (both held mainly in Italian Language).
The three specialist tracks have a common core path in which you will learn about the three main classes of materials (metals, polymers and ceramics), composite materials and their manufacturing, forming and transformation processes.
The course has a very high teacher/student ratio and involves constant connection with businesses for internships, experimental activities and thesis projects.
How will you learn it?
The innovative teaching methods adopted in this programme seek to involve studnets actively and collaborativelyin learning, albeit with the same effectiveness as traditional lessons. Active learning, unlike passive learning, means that students are in charge of their own learning, which will be achieved through meaningful activities that promote both a deeper understanding of the topics and the students’ soft skills.
Some examples of methodologies that will be used:
- Learning-by-doing (hands-on and design/simulation projects), e.g. polymer recycling, advanced characterisation techniques, glass-ceramic design, finite element analysis, materials design through thermodynamic simulation, 3D-printing, joining techniques, life cycle assessment, …
- Team-based learning
- Team working, e.g. development of material design projects
What you can do next
You will be able to work as a free-lance professional, provided that you pass the State Examination for Professional Practice (Esame di Stato) and you register in the Professional Register of Engineers. You will be able to choose from several career fields:
- MATERIALS ENGINEER, a professional who can improve existing materials and technologies or design and synthesize innovative materials and technologies. In the long term, the materials engineer can pursue a career as product/process manager and project manager;
- MATERIALS ENGINEER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, with operational and/or managerial responsibilities in product and process development, including supervisory roles in the field of research, design of innovative products/processes and optimization and sustainable transformation of established products/processes;
- RESEARCHER, in academia or research centres;
- STAFF MEMBER or FREE-LANCE PROFESSIONAL in consultancy firms or service companies.
The typical tasks are research and development of new materials, advanced design and production, innovation, planning, programming and management of complex systems, qualification and diagnostics of materials for the development and production of materials, within companies, research laboratories and public and private institutions.