Academic Year 2023/24





School of Industrial and Information Engineering



Degree Programme of:


Mechanical Engineering
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Lecco Campus

1. General Information

School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Code Reference Law485
NameMechanical Engineering
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-33 - Mechanical 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 Lecco
Dean of the School Antonio Capone
Coordinator of the Study programme Francesco Braghin
Website of the School http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/?lang=en


Central Student Office - Lecco
Address VIA GAETANO PREVIATI, 1/C (LC)

2. General presentation of the study programme

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines, synergistically combining the principles of physics and mathematics (mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, …) with materials science, to design, analyse, produce and maintain systems capable of generating force and movement, i.e. transport systems (road and rail vehicles, ships, aircraft, …), industrial equipment and machinery and production plants.

Not only that: mechanical engineering is also one of the engineering disciplines that has evolved the most by integrating IT, control, chemical and biological skills to lead to innovations in multidisciplinary and frontier areas such as composite materials and new alloys with ever more advanced performance , mechatronics and robotics, micro and nanotechnologies, propulsion and energy production systems, defense systems and armaments, bio-inspired systems as well as medical and sports devices. Innovations in these areas are vital in efforts to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact and to build a more responsible and sustainable society.

In the master's program in mechanical engineering, students acquire both the fundamental skills and methodological knowledge for solving complex and innovative problems, as well as the ability to work on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges. Students develop and apply tools ranging from simulation, optimization, to advanced experimental techniques in order to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying phenomena and processes.

For more information https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/master-of-science/?lang=en.


3. Learning objectives

The master's degree in mechanical engineering presents a very articulated educational project, which pursues two complementary objectives at the same time:

  • on the one hand, to develop - through a nucleus of knowledge, methodologies and common approaches - a unitary background character for the figure of the mechanical engineer;
  • on the other hand, to introduce onto the labor market professionals with a range of skills capable of satisfying the diversified demand of the companies and institutions in which the mechanical engineers will operate.

The mechanical engineering graduate is therefore a professional figure with a high cultural and professional preparation, with a solid basic preparation and broad technical-application contents, capable of operating successfully in areas characterized by a high technological level, strong interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity and in an international and constantly evolving labor market. This preparation allows mechanical engineering graduates to quickly adapt to the most diverse professional needs.

The knowledge imparted in the various courses is proposed in a training context which, in addition to their acquisition, aims to develop in the student interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary integration skills, aptitude for tackling new and complex problems in a scientifically rigorous way, critical evaluation of problems and autonomy judgment as well as communication skills necessary to effectively communicate the results achieved nationally and internationally.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering is divided into two years, for a total of 120 university training credits (CFU or ECTS) and presents a general structure of the training offer shown in the following diagram.


Fig. 1 - General structure of the educational offer of the first year of the Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering

Fig. 2 - General structure of the educational offer of the second year of the Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering

As highlighted in Fig.1, in the first year of the course there are 6 compulsory courses common to all students of the specialization (for a total of 40 credits), which include the educational activities that underpin the knowledge and skills of the mechanical engineer. Furthermore, in the first year, the student takes courses characterizing the chosen field for a total of 15-20 credits. In some specializations, the remaining credits are dedicated to completing the foundational training of the mechanical engineer's knowledge and skills.

Each of the proposed curricula offers a second year of the course (Fig. 2) characterized by a broad educational offer for a total of 40 ECTS within which the student can identify, through the choice of courses, the didactic path that best enhances his interests and aptitudes better. The choice must become a strongly motivating dimension for the student who therefore acquires an active role in addressing his own professionalization, favoring the disciplinary aspects (characteristic teachings) or the multidisciplinary ones (similar teachings), optimally reconciling his own interests/attitudes with the needs of skills profiles required by the labor market. It should be noted that the student can choose 5 ECTS within the entire educational offer of the Politecnico di Milano as well as from the international partners of the main mobility programs and how 5 ECTS are reserved for laboratory activities with a limited number of students within the research laboratories of the professors belonging to the Study Course in Mechanical Engineering. The training course ends with the development of a degree thesis as a final test, to which 20 credits are assigned.

Without prejudice to the freedom to construct one's own study plan by combining the elective courses proposed, in order to facilitate students' choice of some courses on offer, coherent and well-characterized educational paths are defined in terms of specific training goals. Detailed information on the educational profiles can be found on the website https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/bachelor-of-science/professional-track/courses-bs/?lang=en.

Upon completion of the Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering, the student acquires the title of master's degree in mechanical engineering

For students of greater merit who enroll in the master's degree, there is the possibility of being admitted to the Alta Scuola Politecnica, an advanced training program organized by the Polytechnics of Milan and Turin (for more information: http://www.asp-poli.it).

In addition to what is reported in these regulations, students are invited to consult the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/.

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)


In particular, the research doctorate is obtained at the end of a further training course, lasting three years, following the achievement of the master's degree. The research doctorate is designed and organized to prepare professionals with a very high cultural profile and with a wealth of knowledge such as to be able to cover positions of responsibility and satisfy the demand that comes from companies and research institutions/universities that require highly qualified researchers. Access to the PhD is regulated by a selection process.

For further details on postgraduate training courses: https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/after-graduation/?lang=en.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The Master of Science Mechanical Engineer is a professional technician with higher academic and professional background, able to design and to develop innovative and advanced mechanical products and processes from different aspects - functional, with enhanced structural integrity, energy efficient, with an appropriate choice of the materials and of the processing methods and production technologies. In addition to, the Master of Science Mechanical Engineer is able to design the layout and manage a production plant for optimum production rate, to design systems apt in the field of thermal and mechanical measurements, to design the control systems and the automation technology of complex mechanical systems. The Master of Science Mechanical Engineer due to the broad range of technical skills, may be deployed in several industrial sectors, where technical competences in the design, in the management and in the maintenance of machines and production plant are appreciated.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The course of study in mechanical engineering is characterized by a very close relationship with the business world. The professional opportunities for graduates in mechanical engineering are extremely wide and varied thanks to the extensive professional skills in numerous industrial sectors. The professional figure is therefore directly expendable on the labor market.

The possible career opportunities for a master's degree in mechanical engineering are:

  • mechanical industries that design (from a functional, construction and energy point of view) and produce, control, produce and maintain components, machines and mechanical systems;
  • industries operating in the transport sector (land, sea and air), both as regards the vehicle and the propulsion system;
  • industries developing new materials, sensors, actuators, and technologies;
  • industries producing consumer goods;
  • industries that produce, market and manage plants and systems for the generation, accumulation and distribution of energy from traditional and renewable sources;
  • manufacturers of robots and, more generally, of mechatronic systems, deriving from the integrated design of mechanics and measurement and control electronics;
  • companies that design, install and manage production processes and mechanical and non-mechanical plants;
  • companies operating in related mechanical industries, industrial partners, subcontractors and service and engineering consultancy companies;
  • public administrations or research bodies both national and international;
  • all those working environments where design/production methodologies and skills typical of the training of a graduate in the mechanical sector are relevant.

The Career Service of the Politecnico di Milano (https://www.careerservice.polimi.it/en-US/Home/Index/) acts as the first point of contact with the world of work and coordinates the offer of company internships for male and female students and graduates. Furthermore, the Career Service of the Politecnico di Milano indicates job opportunities and organizes company presentations for undergraduates and first and second level graduates.

5.3 Qualification profile

Mechanical engineer

Profile in a work context:

Profile capable of autonomously developing product, process and production system innovation projects, both in industrial and advanced tertiary sector.

The Laurea Magistrale graduate student in Mechanical Engineering is a technician of high cultural and professional skills, able to independently develop innovative projects in terms of product and process, from the functional, constructive and energetic point of view, with the choice of materials and related processing and transformation technologies, the design of the arrangement and management of machines in a plant and their best use with the related services, measures, control and automation. In addition to the mechanical industry, the Laurea Magistrale graduate student can find a place also in different industrial sectors for what concerns the design, management and maintenance of machines and plants.

Specific skills:
  • design and manage industrial production systems, technological processes, industrial installations and production and logistics systems;
  • manage maintenance, industrial technologies and automation of industrial systems;
  • design and supervise integrated production systems, with particular attention to the industrial management of quality;
  • design mechanical systems equipped with high-tech active and intelligent systems (for example: automatic machines and plants, vehicles and industrial robots);
  • face the problems with a system-product approach as a whole, with system architecture, comprehensive vision of product development process oriented to the whole life cycle, with the effective and integrated use of method and technology simulations based on paradigms of virtual prototyping, virtual factory and virtual mannequins;
  • independently develop and manage engineering projects involving the sizing, development, selection and operation of internal combustion engines and gas turbines;
  • design, in full autonomy and with advanced and innovative methods, mechanical components and systems;
  • operate in all areas where the ability to identify innovative technological solutions and to use advanced materials is a fundamental competitive element (for example: iron and steel plants, foundries, rolling mills, heat treatment and thermochemical plants, companies producing consumer goods and capital goods for individual or collective use);
  • design, build and manage vehicles, with particular attention also to the problems of the environment and of active and passive safety.

Job opportunities:

Graduate student in Mechanical Engineering has many opportunities to show his/her professional skills in many industrial sectors. In particular, s/he can develop the design of mechanical systems from a functional, constructive and energetic point of view, the layout design, the management and the optimal use of the machines of a plant. Further opportunities are also offered in manufacturing industries and in production facilities for what concerns design, production, development of new technologies, measurement techniques and selection of the most appropriate materials. In addition to production and service activities, the Laurea Magistrale graduate student in Mechanical Engineering can find a place in public administrations or research institutions, where s/he can use the acquired knowledge. In particular, each of the three different educational levels indicated above corresponds to a professional profile that can quickly find a place on the job market.


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification


Admission to the master's degree in mechanical engineering is subject to an evaluation process aimed at verifying the suitability of the candidate. This process, in accordance with the existing regulation (Ministerial Decree 22/10/2004 n. 270 art. 6 par. 2 and Ministerial Decree of 16/3/2007, art.6 par. 1), is based on curricular requirements and on the verification of the adequacy of the student preparation.

Admission to the master's degree will be decided in an unquestionable form by an Admissions Commission set up for this purpose by the Coordinator of the Degree Course Council, which will be based on the analysis of the academic career. For the purposes of admission, the Admissions Commission may take into consideration real elements of exceptional nature, proven by adequate documentation, which can justify the non-compliance with the criteria indicated below and demonstrate the adequacy of the preparation acquired. This documentation must be attached to the application for admission.

In the event of admission, any curricular additions (see Par. 6.2) will be made explicit at the same time as the positive judgment and before enrollment, so as to provide the information necessary for a transparent and rational choice of study plans.

As regards the prerequisite of knowledge of the English language, please refer to Par. 7.4.

 

Application for admission

To be admitted to the career assessment, you must have a three-year degree or a higher qualification (master's or specialist degree, five-year degree).

The assessment can also be made for three-year degree students of the Politecnico di Milano, if enrolled in the immediately following three-year degree exam session, and for three-year degree students from other universities, if the achievement of the three-year degree is expected before the expiry of the enrollment in the master's degree.

In any case, applications from students from other universities will be evaluated only following the achievement of the three-year degree to be communicated by sending the three-year degree certificate or substitute declaration.

The academic career requirements considered by the Admissions Commission are:

  • for graduates of the Politecnico di Milano who come from the three-year continuity degree, having acquired at least 105 credits with a weighted average of the marks achieved in the three-year degree exams >= 25/30, by the end of the autumn exam session of profit of the 2nd year from enrollment, and have obtained the three-year degree within 4 academic years from enrolment;
  • for all other graduating students,
  1. obtaining a weighted average of the marks obtained in the three-year degree exams not below the "correct" admission threshold (see below for details);
  2. the possession of a certificate attesting to the knowledge of the English language (see Par. 7.4);
  3. possession of educational requirements that do not involve curricular additions (see Par. 6.2).

If the prerequisite 1. is not satisfied, the candidate will not be admitted to the master's degree, unless the presence of proven documentation that highlights real elements of exceptionality.

If the candidate does not comply with prerequisites 2. and/or 3., he/she may be admitted to the master's degree but can enroll only after having achieved them, demonstrating knowledge of the English language and/or satisfying the curricular additions that the Admissions Commission will have identified and communicated to the candidate.

 

Number of years to obtain the three-year degree

The number of years taken to obtain the three-year degree, indicated below with the symbol "N", corresponds to half the number of semesters elapsed from the first enrollment at any Italian university until the achievement of the three-year degree (considering the of the semesters ending March 31st and October 31st). By way of example, the following are some cases:

  • 1st enrollment September 2020 - three-year degree by September 2023: (6 semesters): N = 3
  • 1st enrollment September 2020 - three-year degree by March 2024: (7 semesters): N = 3.5
  • 1st enrollment September 2020 - three-year degree by September 2024 (8 semesters): N = 4
  • 1st enrollment September 2020 - three-year degree by March 2025 (9 semesters): N = 4.5

 

"Correct" admission threshold

Admission to the master's degree requires that the average grade obtained in the three-year degree exams, weighted by the credits assigned to each exam, is greater than or equal to a "correct" admission threshold (SC) defined as follows:

SC = S + k * (min(N,N1)-3)

where k = 0.5, N is defined in the previous paragraph, N1 = 8 and S assumes the following values:


Tab. 1 - Admission threshold according to the course of study of origin

Tab. 1 – Admission threshold according to the course of study of origin

Verification of this requirement is done by rounding to the first decimal place.

Where necessary, students who apply for admission will be summoned for an interview by the Admissions Commission in charge of examining the applications. This interview will be aimed at highlighting the motivations, examining the curriculum of studies and further elements - such as work experience, internships, studies abroad, extra-curricular activities - useful for the evaluation.

For students with a three-year degree from foreign universities, access is established by the Admissions Commission on the basis of an assessment of their previous career and the adequacy of their preparation.

The methods for calculating the "correct" admission threshold (SC) and the threshold values ¿¿defined above may undergo changes in the academic years to come.

Students wishing to apply for admission must provide the documentation with:

  • certification (provided by the university of origin) of the exams taken complete with date, mark, CFU, SSD and weighted average calculated on the exams taken; in the absence of such information, the candidate must attach a self-declaration containing the necessary information;
  • date of first registration.

 

Knowledge of the English language

For the recognized certifications and the respective thresholds, refer to Par. 7.4.

 

Curricular integrations

The candidate can be admitted to the master's degree if the studiorum curriculum of the three-year degree is "consistent" with the training plan of the master's degree. In this regard, the possession of the necessary curricular requirements is assessed and any request for curricular additions is formulated, for which reference is made to Par. 6.2.

 

Transfers

Requests for transfer from other universities, from other university degree courses or to other tracks will be assessed individually by the Admissions Commission taking into account the student's career in terms of subject areas, contents and average grades achieved in the bachelor's degree exams and, in the case of transfers at the second year, in the master's degree exams.

6.2 Requested knowledge

To access the master's degree, candidates must possess precise curricular requirements, i.e. knowledge consistent with the training plan of the aforementioned master's degree. These requirements are defined using the study plan of the three-year degree in mechanical engineering with a preparatory course as a reference model. Therefore, the need for curricular integrations derives from the absence of "consistency" with this training project.

In particular, three-year graduates in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, energy engineering, industrial production engineering from the Politecnico di Milano with a Propaedeutic orientation are given the opportunity to enroll without curricular integrations in the master's degrees in aeronautical, space, energy and mechanical engineering. Three-year graduates in biomedical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano are given the opportunity to enroll without curricular supplements in the master's degree in mechanical engineering in the track Sports Engineering. Three-year automation engineering graduates from the Politecnico di Milano are given the opportunity to enroll without curricular additions to the master's degree in mechanical engineering in the track Smart and Sustainable Industry.

In any case, students who intend to take advantage of this opportunity are advised to compare their curriculum with the study plan of the chosen master's degree and to autonomously adapt their preparation taking into account the table of minimum requirements (Tab. 4).

Graduates (DM 270/04) with a professional orientation from the mechanical engineering study course of the Politecnico di Milano will be assigned curricular additions as indicated in Table 3.

Graduates coming from professional orientations of other study courses of the Politecnico di Milano and other universities will in any case be assigned curricular additions for a number of credits not less than the total number of credits attributed to the internship, the degree thesis and the final exam of the three-year degree obtained.

The Admissions Commission will evaluate on a case-by-case basis how to distribute any additions between courses.


Tab. 3 - List of curricular integrations to be completed BEFORE enrollment in the master's degree for graduate students (Ministerial Decree 270) with professional orientation in mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.

Equivalent courses that can be assigned upon explicit request by the student when submitting the application for admission are highlighted in italics.

Note

1. Depending on the elective exam taken in the three-year degree.

 

The Admissions Commission will assign the curricular additions giving priority to any validation of attendance already acquired. Any substitutive additions, listed in Tab. 3 in italics, may be requested by the student only and exclusively when submitting the application for admission by filling in the NOTES box available.


Tab. 4 - Minimum requirements for admission to the master's degree

Note

1. In the case of students with a slight deficiency in one of these two areas, no debts are assigned if the sum is greater than or equal to the total of 20 credits.

2. Up to a maximum of 5 credits of ING-INF/04 can also be counted in this area.

 

At the time of admission, the number of credits not exceeding 32 credits relating to courses in the first year of the master's degree, added in excess to the previous three-year degree course, may be validated for the student.

 

Procedures for the possible acquisition of curricular additions

If curricula supplements are assigned, in the period between the achievement of the three-year degree and the eventual enrollment in the master's degree, for the purposes of the master's degree itself, the graduate will be able, using the enrollment in "single courses":

  • acquire credits by passing master's degree exams by enrolling in courses (of the master's degree) as single courses; these are "advance" ECTS credits that can be recognized within the 120 necessary to obtain the master's degree;
  • acquire the attendance of teachings of the master's degree these are "advance" credits that can be recognized within the 120 necessary to achieve the master's degree;
  • acquire credits relating to curricular integrations established by a specific Commission for admissions to the master's degree; these are credits "in addition" to the 120 necessary to obtain the master's degree.

The following constraints are underlined:

  • the total number of credits (passing exams and/or acquisition of attendance) that can be recognized within the 120 credits necessary for the achievement of the master's degree cannot exceed 32; further credits possibly acquired beyond the 32 can be used as extra courses;
  • in any case, the number of credits acquired through "single courses" cannot exceed 80 credits, including curricular additions within this limit.

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

The master's degree in mechanical engineering is part of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering which establishes each year the number of places available for each course of study.

6.4 Tutoring and students support

Tutoring services are active at the School of Industrial and Information Engineering with the aim of assisting students during their studies. This activity involves student-tutors and teacher-tutors of reference.

Further information can be found on the School website: https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/.


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

In order to obtain the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineer, 120 credits must be acquired. Those credits may be gained by passing with a positive grade the 12 exams, as indicated in the document illustrating the details of the courses and by presenting a mandatory Master of Science's thesis.


According to Law No. 33 of April 12, 2022, simultaneous enrollment in two programs is allowed. Enrollment in two programs is possible only if they are of different degree classes (classi di laurea) and differ in at least two-thirds of their educational activities regarding academic credits. 

Consistent with what is defined by Law No. 33, at the student's instance, the maximum number of CFUs already taken in the other program and validatable is 40 CFUs for MSc programmes.

Please note that courses belonging to programs of a different level or type from the program you are enrolled in cannot be validated.

Full details on when to apply for validation and the administrative fees to be paid are available on the Polimi website: https://www.polimi.it/contemporanea-iscrizione

7.2 Mode of study

The single courses of the Mechanical Engineering course are taught in a conventional way (lessons, exercises lessons, computer labs, experimental labs, design&review labs) but, when required, different teaching methods may be adopted in accordance with the Dublin's descriptors of teaching objectives.
Class attendance is not mandatory but is strongly suggested.


The teaching is divided into classroom lessons for basic and more theoretical topics, while the more practical aspects are highlighted during exercises and laboratories. For some courses, laboratories are organized for the execution and interpretation of experimental tests.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The educational path of the degree course in mechanical engineering is aimed at providing all students with knowledge and understanding of the main disciplines characterizing mechanics.

The master's degree in mechanical engineering allows a wide choice between specific mechanical skills, typically mechanical application areas and other application areas in which mechanics plays a fundamental role. For clarity, the 2 different Pre-Approved Study Plans (PSPA) have been grouped into two macro areas:

Core mechanical fields of application:

FA6 – Smart and Sustainable Industry

Cross-cutting fields of application:

CC6 – Sports Engineering

For further details and information, please refer to the study course website: https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/?lang=en.

 

7.3.1 First year courses


Study Plan: Smart and Sustainable Industry

Educational goals

The most pressing challenges of the modern manufacturing industries are related to the adoption of sustainable practices and to the reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

The track of Smart and Sustainable Industry prepares highly qualified mechanical engineers for developing solutions in the fields of Industry 4.0, efficient manufacturing processes and sustainable components’ production. The study plan provides the most advanced knowledges in the founding fields of mechanical engineering and enhances the student’s skills in the design of innovative industrial solutions, as well as in the manufacturing of mechanical components and in making their production more sustainable. The students’ education will be focused on machine design and construction, manufacturing and operations, energy systems, materials for engineering applications, automation and robotics and data analysis.

The courses will include lectures and laboratory experiences, with a strong focus on hands-on learning and experimentation. This approach will improve the students’ practical knowledge of the tools, techniques, and equipment used in the most advanced fields of mechanical engineering, as well as of the development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Team-working on topics and projects involving world-leading industries will play an important role in the students’ learning process.


1 Year courses - Track: FA6 - Smart and sustainable industry


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
059272BING-IND/12DATA ANALYSIS FOR MECHANICAL SYSTEMS B15.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
5.0
059184BING-IND/13CONTROL AND ACTUATING DEVICES FOR MECHANICAL SYSTEMS110.010.0
059232BING-IND/13DYNAMICS OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS15.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
5.0
059167BING-IND/16SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES110.010.0
059207BING-IND/09ENERGY SYSTEMS FOR PROPULSION AND POWER25.05.0
059217BING-IND/14ADVANCED MACHINE DESIGN210.010.0
059189BING-IND/17DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT OF PRODUCTION SYSTEMS210.010.0
059177CING-IND/21MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY25.05.0

The second year of the track Smart and Sustainable Industry track will be activated in the A.Y. 2024-25. The poster is therefore not yet available.

With the aim of providing students with an indication of the contents of the second year, the table of the courses envisaged is shown below.



Study Plan: Sports Engineering

Educational goals

The growing demand of high-performance sport equipment, the increasing interest in sports science and the economic growth of the sport sector contribute to the need of a new class of technicians.

The Sports Engineering track applies the principles of engineering to design, develop, and improve sports equipment and facilities, as well as to use data to optimize the sport performance and the teams’ strategy.

In the Sports Engineering study program, students will learn about biomechanics, materials science, computer-aided design, and the physics and physiology of sports. Students will work on projects related to sports equipment design, biomechanical analysis of athletic performances and on the development of new technologies and instruments for both sports training and rehabilitation.

Courses will be a mix of lectures and laboratory projects, with a strong focus on hands-on learning and experimentation. The approach will improve the students’ practical knowledge with the tools, techniques, and equipment used in the Sports Engineering field as well as their problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities. Students will typically work in teams to design, build, and test prototypes of sports equipment and sport facilities, or to develop and validate numerical models of sport goods and athletes’ performances.


1 Year courses - Track: CC6 - Sports Engineering


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
059186BING-IND/12DATA ANALYSIS FOR MECHANICAL SYSTEMS A110.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
10.0
059232BING-IND/13DYNAMICS OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS15.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
5.0
059223CING-IND/21MATERIALS FOR SPORT AND REHABILITATION15.05.0
059253--ING-INF/06SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY FOR ENGINEERING110.010.0
059217BING-IND/14ADVANCED MACHINE DESIGN210.010.0
059221BING-IND/16MANUFACTURING AND DEMANUFACTURING OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT25.05.0
059239BING-IND/17PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT25.05.0
059252--ING-INF/06SPORTS BIOMECHANICS AND EVALUATION OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE210.010.0

The second year of the track Sports Engineering track will be activated in the A.Y. 2024-25. The poster is therefore not yet available.

With the aim of providing students with an indication of the contents of the second year, the table of the courses envisaged is shown below.



7.3.2 Second year courses

In the second year of the master's degree in mechanical engineering active for the A.Y. 2023-24 the pre-reform tracks are still active:

  • ML5 – Engineering Design and Manufacturing

Engineering Design and Manufacturing

Educational Objectives

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering oriented towards Industrial Production provides the cultural and design skills necessary to deal with process design, a typical element of industrial production. In particular, in addition to having the ability to face and solve problems related to manufacturing in general, a Master of Science graduate will also have an in-depth knowledge of both metallic materials and transformation technologies.

After obtaining a solid grounding in engineering design, Master of Science graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to deal with the close correlation that exists between materials and transformation technologies in order to optimize industrial production both in terms of cost-effectiveness and quality. Furthermore, they will be capable of handling technological transfer and innovation both as regards materials as well as working technologies.

Thanks to the inter-relationship between problems related to metallic materials and mechanical working techniques, the Master of Science graduate will be given the scope for employment in industrial design and production activities and will have the necessary broad application skills to guarantee the reliability and quality of products without losing sight of the economic aspect.

The second year of the programme includes:


2 Year courses - Track: ML5 - Engineering Design and Manufacturing


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
051581CING-IND/21LABORATORY OF MECHANICAL METALLURGY18.032.0
051583BING-IND/13ROBOTICS AND MECHATRONICS18.0
051584BING-IND/14LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN OF SMART MECHANICAL SYSTEMS18.0
091506BING-IND/12MEASURING TECHNIQUES AND SENSORS FOR AUTOMATION B18.0
051585BING-IND/15COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN AND MECHANICAL PROTOTYPING18.0
051141BING-IND/14METODI SPERIMENTALI PER LA DIAGNOSTICA STRUTTURALE16.0
055861CING-IND/21FAILURE ANALYSIS E INGEGNERIA FORENSE26.0
054831BING-IND/15METHODS AND TOOLS FOR SYSTEMATIC INNOVATION C - INNOVATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT16.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
055863BING-IND/16DE-MANUFACTURING B16.0
097523CING-IND/32ELECTRICAL DRIVES FOR INDUSTRY AND TRANSPORT APPLICATIONS26.0
097601BING-IND/09POWER PRODUCTION FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY B26.0
097550BING-IND/13MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS AND LABORATORY B16.0
059389BING-IND/13DESIGN OF ROBOTIC SYSTEMS16.0
062457B,CING-IND/17
ING-IND/35
ENTERPRISE TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS (a)26.0
------Courses to be chosen from Group AMBASSADOR TABLE B------
058209B,CING-IND/12
ING-IND/13
ING-IND/14
ING-IND/15
ING-IND/16
ING-IND/21
PROJECT WORK16.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
6.0
058209B,CING-IND/12
ING-IND/13
ING-IND/14
ING-IND/15
ING-IND/16
ING-IND/21
PROJECT WORK26.0
[6.0Innovative teaching]
052444----THESIS PREPARATION: HORIZONTAL COMPETENCIES12.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
20.0
052444----THESIS PREPARATION: HORIZONTAL COMPETENCIES22.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
052442----THESIS WORK AND FINAL DEFENCE118.0
052442----THESIS WORK AND FINAL DEFENCE218.0

(a) Closed number subject

 

7.3.3 Open course

Starting from the A.Y. 2023-24 the possibility is activated for mechanical engineering students to select in the 2nd year of the master's degree any 5 credits course within the educational offer of the Politecnico di Milano and the partner offices of the Alliance4Tech international mobility programs, Enhance, and IdeaLeague (see Para. 12).

The mark obtained does not contribute to forming the average for the degree exam but allows the student to personalize his preparation and to enrich his curriculum with skills that are also very far from mechanics.

For further details, please consult the website https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/?lang=en.

 

7.3.4 Laboratory courses

Starting from the A.Y. 2023-24 the participation of mechanical engineering students in a 5-credit design laboratory with a limited number of students in the 2nd year of the master's degree is made compulsory. The programmed number is determined from year to year by the teachers in charge of the courses on the basis of logistical compatibility and safety regulations.

Students are required to submit an application for admission to the chosen laboratory course within the terms and conditions indicated on the study course website. The procedure for assigning students to the various design laboratories offered in the tracks is described on the website https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/?lang=en.

 

7.3.5 Scientific Research in Mechanical Engineering

The "Scientific Research in Mechanical Engineering" program is part of the higher education strategy of  Politecnico di Milano. It is aimed at students with a strong aptitude for research, with the aim of training engineers who will be able to fill the most advanced and innovative roles in scientific and technological research, for example by continuing their studies with the third cycle of higher education (PhD).

The educational program is developed across the different tracks of the master's degree in mechanical engineering, and offers students the opportunity to deepen their preparation, both from a methodological and content point of view, throughsupplementary educational activities (for a total of 10 additional credits) which will be agreed between the student and a tutor assigned by the study course. Such supplementary activities are, for example, doctoral-level courses.

To access this program it is necessary to participate in a selection that is carried out at the beginning of the second year of the master's degree. The selection criteria are based on passing all the exams of the first year of the master's degree, on the average grade and on a motivation letter to be attached to the application. For further details on the selection and on the possibilities that this program offers, please refer to the websites https://www.mecheng.polimi.it and https://mecc.polimi.it/dottorato.

The title of the program will be officially reported in the students' Transcript of Records together with the description of the activities carried out.

More information is available at https://www.polimi.it/corsi/percorsi-di-alta-formazione/

 

7.3.6 Internal Double Master of Science Degree

The internal double master's degree programs are joint programs developed with another course of study with the aim of integrating the skills of the mechanical engineer with other disciplines, in order to respond to the needs of some specific sectors through a new professional figure.

Active internal double degree programs are published on:

https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/bachelor-of-science/professional-track/courses-bs/?lang=en

https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/1/teaching/educational-offer/internal-double-degree

 


7.3.7 Professional profile Ambassador in Smart Infrastructures


Politecnico di Milano aims at strengthening the skills related to smart infrastructures in the Master of Science degree programmes.

The goal of this track is to create new professional profiles in Smart Infrastructures: MSc graduates with forefront systemic skills, interdisciplinary vision, digital skills, specific aptitude to innovation. The Ambassador in Smart Infrastructures corresponds to a professional figure with both advanced and specialized skills in specific applications (infrastructures) and/or enabling technologies (smart), as well as transversal skills, complementary to the above-mentioned specialized ones. These skills will allow the students to broaden their knowledge in the smart infrastructures domain and to adopt a systemic approach to the design, management, innovation, and study of the life cycle of infrastructures.

The training programme is articulated within the MSc educational path and sets at 130 credits (thus at least 10 credits in addition to the standard MSc requirements) the minimum number of credits needed to complete the selected MSc and, at the same time, to qualify for the certification in Ambassador in Smart Infrastructures.

As part of the educational path, the student will have to acquire from 8 to 14 CFU from Table A and from 18 to 24 CFU from Table B. Overall, for the completion of the path at least 30 CFU must be selected from the two Tables, in compliance with the ranges defined above.

The Ambassador in Smart Infrastructures certification will be reported in the Student’s Diploma Supplement and will be recognized by issuing a specific digital badge.

Students who will not obtain the required extra 10 credits and the 30 credits in training activities functional to the Ambassador in Smart Infrastructures profile will not be precluded from obtaining a MSc degree.


7.3.8 Professional profile Ambassador in Green Technologies


Politecnico di Milano aims at strengthening the skills related to green technologies in the Master of Science degree programmes.

The goal of this track is to create new professional profiles in Green Technologies: MSc graduates with forefront systemic skills, interdisciplinary vision, and attention to innovation for environmental sustainability and the decarbonisation of the economy. The Ambassador in Green Technologies corresponds to a professional figure with both advanced and specialized skills in the "green" field, as well as transversal skills, complementary to the specialized ones. These skills which allow the students to broaden their knowledge in the green technologies domain and to adopt a systemic approach to design, management, innovation, and study of the life cycle of green technologies.

The training programme is articulated within the MSc educational path and sets at 130 credits (thus at least 10 credits in addition to the standard MSc requirements) the minimum number of credits needed to complete the selected MSc and, at the same time, to qualify for the certification in Ambassador in Green Technologies.

As part of the educational path, the student will have to acquire from 8 to 14 CFU from Table A and from 18 to 24 CFU from Table B. Overall, for the completion of the path at least 30 CFU must be selected from the two Tables, in compliance with the ranges defined above.

The Ambassador in Green Technologies certification will be reported in the Student’s Diploma Supplement and will be recognized by issuing a specific digital badge.

Students who will not obtain the required extra 10 credits and the 30 credits in training activities functional to the Ambassador in Green Technologies profile will not be precluded from obtaining a MSc degree.


7.3.9 Professional profile Ambassador in Inclusivity Design


Politecnico di Milano aims at strengthening the skills related to inclusivity design in the Master of Science degree programmes.

The goal of this track is to create new professional profiles in Inclusivity Design: MSc graduates with forefront systemic skills, interdisciplinary vision, and attention to innovation for fostering inclusivity. The Ambassador in Inclusivity Design corresponds to a professional figure who is able to:

  • design contexts, spaces, artefacts, infrastructures, technologies, products and inclusive services for the elderly, women, children, adolescents and the disabled, enhancing the sense of equity;
  • deal with migrations forced by current events (e.g. climate change, wars), and make our cities and companies capable of responding to geopolitical challenges through the idea of "antifragility", which makes the crisis and uncertainty opportunities for the evolution;
  • develop post-pandemic transformations, rethinking cities (from homes to workplaces, from public spaces to infrastructures), relationship within ecosystems, cultural, social and economic structures and technological innovations, also through digitization.

The training programme is articulated within the MSc educational path and sets at 130 credits (thus at least 10 credits in addition to the standard MSc requirements) the minimum number of credits needed to complete the selected MSc and, at the same time, to qualify for the certification in Ambassador in Inclusivity Design.

As part of the educational path, the student will have to acquire from 8 to 14 CFU from Table A and from 18 to 24 CFU from Table B. Overall, for the completion of the path at least 30 CFU must be selected from the two Tables, in compliance with the ranges defined above.

The Ambassador in Inclusivity Design certification will be reported in the Student’s Diploma Supplement and will be recognized by issuing a specific digital badge.

Students who will not obtain the required extra 10 credits and the 30 credits in training activities functional to the Ambassador in Inclusivity Design profile will not be precluded from obtaining a MSc degree.


7.3.10 Professional profile Ambassador in Creative Thinking

Politecnico di Milano wants to enhance the skills related to creative thinking in university courses.

The objective of this training course is to create new professional profiles in Creative Thinking: master's graduates who:

  • know how to promote the knowledge and skills characteristic of the culture and ways of thinking/action of the design culture, which are increasingly common among the various disciplines and application contexts linked to mechanical design and innovation;
  • know how to analyse, interpret and face new design challenges (e.g. the transition to digital and sustainability), in the various sectors in which, in order to produce innovation, interdisciplinary training and a strategic and systemic vision are required (e.g. institutions and administrations public, industry, small and medium enterprises, start-ups, non-profit organizations, etc.), with an approach centered on the needs of the user and the stakeholders involved;
  • have skills related to Creative Confidence (collective and individual creative problem solving), System Thinking, ability to understand and interpret current socio-cultural and technological trends, system-product-service design, Service Design, data science, Big and Small Data , design of digital transition strategies, design of engaging user experiences and innovative interfaces, framework of digital manufacturing processes and tools, Artificial Intelligence,…

The training program develops along the course of the master's degree and defines the minimum number of credits necessary to complete the training course of the chosen master's degree and, at the same time, acquire the certificate of Creative Thinking Ambassador.

As part of the training course, male and female students will have to acquire from 8 to 13 credits from Table A and from 18 to 24 credits from Table B. Overall, to complete the course, at least 30 credits must be selected from the two tables, in compliance of the ranges defined above.

The Ambassador in Creative Thinking certification will be reported in the student's Diploma Supplement and will be recognized through the provision of a specific digital badge.

Failure to sustain the 10 supernumerary credits and failure to obtain at least 30 credits in training activities functional to the profile of Ambassador in Creative Thinking will not preclude the student from obtaining the master's degree.

 

7.3.11 Excess courses

Upon completion of one's training, additional courses may be included in excess of the 120 credits envisaged. Please note that:

  • courses proposed as part of the didactic offer of the extra number of study courses cannot be useful for the purpose of obtaining the master's degree, except through an application for their transformation into actual courses;
  • the extra activities included in the study plan do not constitute an obligation for the student who will be able to graduate without having earned the credits.

 

7.3.12 Autonomous study plans

Autonomous study plans, i.e. plans that do not comply with the rules set out in these Didactic Regulations of the study course, will be examined individually and will be submitted for evaluation by the Admissions Commission.

7.4 Foreign language

Knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for enrollment in the master's degree. The regulations envisaged by the University are published on the University website, Guide to the English language, available in the Guides and Regulations section of the Politecnico website (https://www.polimi.it/studenti-iscrizioni/requisiti-lingue-italiano -and-Italian/students-of-master's-degree-courses).

7.5 Degree examination

The master's degree exam focuses on the discussion of a degree thesis. 20 credits are dedicated to the preparation of the thesis.

The degree theses are carried out according to the Degree and Master's Degree Examination Regulations of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering approved by the Academic Senate on 23.1.2017 and by the School Council on 9.2.2017 and published at the following link:

https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Regolamento-Integrativo-Laurea-Magistrale-ING_MECCANICA_Marzo-2017.pdf

and in compliance with the additions provided for by the Supplementary Regulations of the Bachelor's and Master's Degree Final Exams of the Mechanical Engineering Study Program Board published at the following link:

https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/master-of-science/?lang=en

The master's degree theses concern the topics covered in the courses that characterize the track chosen by the student and are supervised by the teachers of the Scientific-Disciplinary Sectors (SSD) characterizing the master's degree in mechanical engineering (LM-33) as well as of the Scientific-Disciplinary Sector (SSD) ING-IND/21. The development of theses supervised by teachers of different Scientific-Disciplinary Sectors (SSD) is subject to the evaluation of the teaching commission.


8. Academic calendar

On the School website, in the "Didactics" section, the Calendar of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering for the A.Y. current (https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/).


9. Faculty

The names of the professors belonging to the Study Program and related teachings will be available in the Study Manifesto which is published annually on the Politecnico di Milano website https://www.polimi.it/en.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Students of the Study Program in Mechanical Engineering have access to all the facilities of the Politecnico di Milano (computerized classrooms, libraries, study rooms, canteens, sports facilities). The laboratory courses are held in research laboratories and aim to integrate the knowledge acquired in the teachings and to allow the student to apply them in solving specific mechanical engineering problems.

Student services (https://www.polimi.it/studenti-iscrizioni) deal with orientation activities, career management of students enrolled in three-year degree and master's degree courses, the right to study, mobility international, and of all those services in support and support of university life.

Further information is available on the website https://www.mecheng.polimi.it.


11. International context

Research within the Politecnico di Milano supports, in a parallel path, the dense network of cooperation relationships with other Italian and foreign universities, public and private research centers, with the industrial system. The quality and impact of the research carried out at the Politecnico is confirmed by the growth of relations with the international scientific community. Evidence of this is the large number of research projects and programs recently undertaken with the best universities in Europe and other countries.

Based on international rankings, the Politecnico di Milano is a highly rated university not only nationally but also internationally. In particular, with reference to the QS Ranking, it has occupied the 1st place in Italy in the Engineering and Technology category for years, and is in a high position in the rankings both at European and worldwide level. The updated data is available at the link https://www.polimi.it/il-politecnico/chi-siamo/i-numeri-del-politecnico.

The Study Program in Mechanical Engineering represents an experience of excellence, which integrates traditional basic engineering skills with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary skills. Approximately 25% of female and master's degree students are international.


12. Internationalization

The Study Program in Mechanical Engineering promotes international mobility programs in consideration of the educational importance of an international experience during university studies.

The opportunities offered are many. Among these we mention the following:

  • study period abroad under the Erasmus programme, or special extra-EU programmes;
  • Alliance4Tech mobility program (https://www.alliance4tech.eu) involving the following international partners:
    • CentraleSupélec,
    • Politecnico di Milano,
    • Technische Universität Berlin,
    • University College London;
  • Enhance mobility program (https://www.enhanceuniversity.eu) involving the following international partners:
    • Technische Universität Berlin,
    • Warsaw University of Technology,
    • Universitat Politècnica de València,
    • Politecnico di Milano,
    • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen),
    • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),
    • Chalmers University of Technology;
  • IdeaLeague mobility program (https://www.idealeague.eu) involving the following international partners:
    • Chalmers University of Technology,
    • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zurich),
    • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen),
    • Technische Universiteit Delft (TUDelft);
  • international double degree programs (which provides for the achievement of a double master's degree in a period of 5-6 semesters, 3-4 of which spent at the foreign partner institution);
  • carrying out the thesis abroad.

For details on the admission requirements for international mobility, please refer to the International Mobility Regulations published on the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering at the website https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/current-students/exchange-programmes/?lang=en


13. Quantitative data

The university assessment nucleus, also making use of the support of the school teaching observatories, carry out periodic analyzes on the overall results and on the qualitative level of the study course teaching activities, monitoring the training activities and the graduate's entry into the world of work. The reports and studies are available on the Politecnico di Milano website.


14. Further information

For any further information, students are invited to consult the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering (https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/) and the reference pages of the Study Program in Mechanical Engineering (https://www.mecheng.polimi.it/?lang=en).


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