Academic Year 2020/21





School of Industrial and Information Engineering



Degree Programme of:


Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Code Reference Law491
NameMaterials Engineering and Nanotechnology
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-53 - Material engineering
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2010/2011
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 1,2
Official language(s) The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme is offered in English but the degree programme meets the requirements of MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) note of 11.07.2018 and the CUN opinion of 10.23.2018.
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Antonio Capone
Coordinator of the Study programme Stefano Ettore Romano Turri
Website of the School http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/index.php?id=304&uid=236
&k_cf=225&k_corso_la=491&annoAA=2015&L=0


Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The study plan of the Master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology is conceived to be the extension of that of the bachelor degree and is aimed at producing an advanced professional profile for a material expert and designer of processes and components. For that purpose, a deep knowledge of the characteristics and uses of the different classes of materials, as well as of the more advanced processing techniques and of their influence on the final properties of the products is required.

The study plan can be divided in two parts: 60 credits out of the total amount of 120 credits are compulsory and provide the student with an advanced knowledge of engineering materials and general methods, with special emphasis on structural and functional properties. Additional 40 credits, to be taken in both the first and the second year, can be decided by the student among the wide choice (more than 80 credits) of courses offered, which in fact represents a good opportunity for developing personal attitudes and interests. The last 20 credits are for the thesis work.

The Master degree has therefore a very multidisciplinary structure: however, in order to help the students to make their choice, several “thematic routes” are also suggested which are devoted to specific industrial sectors or applications of materials, as well as to fundamental materials studies:

 - Surface engineering

- Polymer engineering

- Nanomaterials and nanotechnology

- Engineering applications

- Microengineering and microtechnology

In addition to the previous tracks, the Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology MSc degree has specific tracks which have been designed for internal double degree schemes with Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil Engineering. The programs allow students to get the double degree with a reduced number of credits (180) instead of the total amount usually required (240). The participation to these programs is subjected to the approval of a joint Admission Commission of the two Study Courses. More details about the double degree schemes are available in the relevant Annexes.


3. Learning objectives

The study plan of the Master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology is aimed at developing professional skills in the following areas:

  • development of new production processes of materials and/or parts
  • development of surface treatment processes
  • development of engineering applications of polymers and composites
  • development of technologies, products and applications at the micro- and nanoscale
  • technical direction of industrial plants and products

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

A schematic of the structure of the Master and PhD courses offered in the area of Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at the Politecnico di Milano is shown in the following figure:


4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)


A PhD course in Materials Engineering is available at the Politecnico di Milano, which has a duration of 3 years (180 CFU including stages in foreign countries and interships). The access to the PhD is granted by the Master of Science. The course is aimed at providing a common basis of scientific background together with specific skills in different research areas, combining theoretical knowledge and practical engineering for design, fabrication and application of traditional and innovative materials. The PhD course covers the following topics:

  • biomaterials
  • polymers and composites
  • cemetitious and ceramic materials
  • corrosion and protection of metals
  • metallic materials
  • structure, properties and microscopic theories of materials
  • materials for electronic, photonic and sensors
  • nanostructured materials
  • coatings and surfaces
  • materials for design
  • processing of materials

The courses proposed for each topic are focused on research and are freely chosen by the students in order to fit their needs, depending on the thesis subject they are appliying for. A team of academic tutors is available to help the students in maximising the efficiency of the learning process. The minimum requirement is that at least 60 out of the total of 180 CFUs required to graduate are associated with courses; the remaining 120 CFUs are for the PhD thesis.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology graduates receive the qualification Master of Science graduate (Senior Engineer) in the Industrial Engineering class
and can work on a self-employed basis after having taken the professional examinations and registered under Section A of the Professional Register of Engineers in the province in which they live.

Further information is available on the website: http://www.ordineingegneri.milano.it

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The Master degree in Materials Engineering provide the student with the knowledge of developing and managing the innovation in materials; the main working opportunities are in the medium to large enterprises which produce, transform and recycle different materials, as well as in public and private research and development laboratories for new applications development in the fields of mechanics, chemistry, electronics, energy, telecommunications, constructions, transportation, biomedicine, environment and rehabilitation.


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4204

5.3 Qualification profile

Material and Nanotechnology Engineer


profile in a work context:
Expert professional figure in materials and designer of processes and products. 
This profile has full knowledge of the basic characteristics and use of the different classes of materials, as well as of the most different and innovative manufacturing techniques and their influence on the final properties of the products.
 The Laurea Magistrale graduate student in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology can work as freelancer as Senior Engineer. It is possible only after passing the State examination and enrolment in Section A in the Industrial Engineering class of the Register of Engineers of the province of residence.


skills of this function:
Specific skills: 
- develop production processes of materials and/or products;
 - develop surface treatment processes;
 - develop engineering applications with polymeric materials and composites;
 - develop technologies, products and applications at the nanometric and micrometric scale;
 - organize the technical management of plants and products.


Job opportunities:
The engineer of materials and nanotechnologies with laurea magistrale acquires the ability to suggest and manage innovation in the field of materials; it usually finds the main employment opportunities in medium-large companies, specialized in producing, transforming and recycling the different materials, as well as in the field of application development in the mechanical, chemical, electronics, energy, telecommunications, construction, transport, biomedical, environmental and restoration industries, in industrial laboratories and research and development centres of companies and public and private entities.


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification


Admission to the Master of Science (MSc) in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology undergoes an evaluation process aimed to determine the eligibility of the applicant. Such process, in compliance to the existing regulations, is based upon curriculum requirements and an assessment of the preparation of the student.
As to the first requirement, the DM 22/10/2004 n. 270 establishes that a three-years Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc or Laurea) is required for the admission to the Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology (or an equivalent or higher title, like a Master Degree or Laurea Magistrale), or another qualification obtained abroad and recognized to be equivalent. The assessment can also be made for students of the first level degree (BSc) of Politecnico di Milano, if they are candidates in the next graduation session, and for students enrolled in BSc of other Italian Universities, if they shall graduate before enrolling to the MSc.

As for contents, however, for the admission the candidate is required to have an adequate preparation in both basic disciplines (mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc.,) and in those disciplines characterizing materials engineering, nanotechnology, and industrial engineering. In the case of admission, any constraints in curricular options (compulsory modules, see Paragraph 6.2), will be communicated together with the positive evaluation and before enrolment, in order to provide all the information necessary for a rational choice of the study plan.
The admission to the Master Degree will be decided by an Evaluation Commission set up by the Board of Studies, according to the academic career of the applicant.


In general, the admission requirements considered by the Commission are:


• graduation at the Bachelor of Science in a number of years lower than a predetermined threshold;
• average graduation mark not below the "adjusted” admission threshold (see below for details);
• certification of English language proficiency (see Section 7.4);
• absence of need of curricular supplements (Section 6.2).

The possession of a certification attesting the knowledge of the English language is not among the requirements for the positive evaluation of the application, even if it is necessary in order to proceed with the subsequent enrollment (see Paragraph 7.4).

The details for the evaluation of those requirements are explained below.

According to the general considerations expressed above, the Academic Board approved the following procedure for admission.


- Prerequisite for admission is to have obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree no later than March 31st of 7 years after the first registration; this requirement does not apply to graduates who already have second level (Master, or five years) degree.

 

Top of Form 1

If this prerequisite is satisfied, students who meet all of the following three criteria are directly admitted to the Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology:


a) graduation at the Bachelor of Science in one of following study courses at Politecnico di Milano: Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Mathematics Engineering and Production Engineering.


b) score of the Bachelor of Science Degree greater than, or equal to, an “adjusted” threshold value. The score is the average of exams scores, weighted by the CFU of each exam. The “adjusted” score is determined according to the following formula:


SC (“adjusted” score) = S + k * (min (N, N1) -3)
where


S = 21


N = number of calendar years after the first access to the national university system to graduate, + ½ if the students was graduated in February


k = 0.5, for students arriving from Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology BSc
k = 1, for all other cases mentioned in point a)


N1 = number of years to obtain the degree above which the SC value remains unchanged = 5


In case, it will be attributed a mark of 18 to all the CFU missing (excluding the final test).


c) 30 CFU achieved in the following teachings:
Code 081 273 - Introduction to Materials Science A + B; Code 089 246 - Mechanics of Solids and Structures; Code 053404 - Introduction to Nanotechnology.


If even one of the three requirements a), b), c) is not satisfied, the application will be evaluated by the Evaluation Commission, which will decide whether to admit the student to the MSc Degree course following examination of CV and, in case, after an interview. In case of positive evaluation, the necessary compulsory curricular obligations will be communicated to the applicant.


In particular:

  • In case of non-fulfillment of the joint requirements a) and b), the acceptance of the application will not be guaranteed, as it is not believed that the student will be able to fill his gaps in a period of time (or number of credits) proportionate to the duration of the second cycle degree course.
  • In case of non-fulfillment of the only requirement c), and in any case for students with a Bachelor's Degree not achieved at the Politecnico di Milano, the aplication will be assessed by the appropriate Commission, which will decide whether to admit the student to the master's degree following the CV exam; even in the event of a positive assessment, the student will in any case be referred to an interview in which any necessary additions or curricular obligations attributed to the candidate will be illustrated (see paragraph 6.2).

 

 
English proficiency
For a list of recognized certificates and their respective minimum requirements, please refer to Paragraph 7.4.

6.2 Requested knowledge

For the admission to the MSc Degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology students are required to have an adequate preparation in the core disciplines of both sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc.,) and engineering (physical-chemistry and thermodynamics, materials science, mechanics of solids and structures, etc.). It is also needed to have a sound knowledge of materials engineering (technology and properties of materials, characterization techniques, design methods, etc.) and nanotechnology (physics of electromagnetic waves, quantum mechanics). Therefore, the admission to the MSc in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology is subjected to the evaluation of curricular requirements and of the level of personal preparation.
In the cases of curricula showing educational gaps in the disciplines mentioned above, the Evaluation Commission may impose some curricular obligations in form of compulsory introduction in the study plan of fundamental courses about materials science, nanoscience and nanotechnology, or mechanics of materials and structures. If the educational gaps involve other disciplines, such as chemistry or physics, these constraints may be added in form of a series of curricular obligations to be satisfied acquiring CFU in individual or excess courses to be followed and passed before being admitted to the MSc degree course in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology.


The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4978

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
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6.4 Tutoring and students support

The School of Industrial and Information Engineering is offering tutoring and support to the enrolled students. For more information please visit the following website:

School of Industrial and Information Engineering
http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it


Polinternational
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4279

7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

A total amount of 120 credits (CFUs) is required for Master of Science graduation. The Master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at the Politecnico di Milano requires at least 45 CFUs in the following specific subjects:

- Solid State Physics (FIS/03)
- Chemistry Technology (CHIM/07)
- Structure Mechanics (ICAR/08)
- Metallurgy (ING-IND/21)
- Materials Science and Technology (ING-IND/22)

and at least 15 CFUs in the following additional subjects:

- Mechanics of Machines (ING-IND/13)
- Mechanical Design and Machine Construction (ING-IND/14)
- Fabrication Technologies (ING-IND/16)
- Applied Physical Chemistry (ING-IND/23)
- Industrial Bioengineering (ING-IND/34)
- Physical Mathematics (MAT/07)

20 CFUs are also required for the Master thesis.

7.2 Mode of study

The Master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at the Politecnico di Milano is full-time and includes class attendance, practical sessions and laboratory activities.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The study plan provides 75 compulsory CFUs, 45 of which in the first year and 30 in the second year. Additional 25 CFUs are for choices and the remaining 20 CFUs are for the Master thesis, for a total amount of 120 CFUs.

Choices have been organised in 5 different career paths as follows:

  • Surface Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Engineering applications
  • Microengineering and microtechnology

 

The detailed course organization by semester is shown in the following tables.

Note: within the Thesis Work 1 CFU will be dedicated to stages and other activities to help the students to get acquainted with the job market.


1 Year courses - Track: U2A - Surface Engineering


2 Year courses - Track: U2A - Surface Engineering


1 Year courses - Track: U2B - Polymer Engineering


2 Year courses - Track: U2B - Polymer Engineering


1 Year courses - Track: U2C - Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology


2 Year courses - Track: U2C - Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology


1 Year courses - Track: U2D - Engineering applications


2 Year courses - Track: U2D - Engineering applications


1 Year courses - Track: U2F - Microengineering and microtechnology


2 Year courses - Track: U2F - Microengineering and microtechnology


Courses of the Group A


Courses of the Group ALTRI


Courses of the Group DI

7.4 Foreign language

The Politecnico di Milano is adopting the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) for the classification of the English knowledge.

 

Admission to the Master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology requires a B2 CEF level, which implies that the student must be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

 

Schools and Study Courses may at any time modify this level according to government directives or any other input from university and industrial organizations. Any variation will be communicated through the official website and by e-mail.   

For more information:
http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/ 

Language courses
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7.5 Degree examination

The Degree final examination consists of a presentation of the experimental work carried out during the Master thesis and of its discussion in front of a Commission. The Master thesis is coordinated by a Supervisor, who has to be a professor of the Politecnico di Milano and in preference a teacher of the Master course in Materials Engineernig and Nanotechnology.


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4372

8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar
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9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Rooms and laboratories are available for lessons and practicals in chemistry, physics and material science and engineering.

 

Several services are offered in order to provide students with guidance and assistance in completing their studies, legal and financial support, international mobility and many other services to improve the quality of their life in the Campus.


11. International context


12. Internationalization

Students of the Master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology of the Politecnico di Milano can apply for international exchange programs in order to take one or two semesters in a different university in Europe (Erasmus program) or in extra-european Countries (Erasmus Mundus program). The European Union program TIME also allows students to get a double degree with a Master of three years instead of two. The participation to these programs is subjected to the approval of the International Relations Commission of the Study Course.

 

Foreign students willing to take courses at the Politecnico di Milano can adopt the same scheme depending on what it's available in the Country of origin.


Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4692

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.

14. Further information


15. Errata corrige