Whatever the Bachelor’s degree program you attended, we expect you to meet the entry requirements before you join the courses: this usually include basic concepts of solids mechanics, physics, chemistry and materials science.

Be aware that not meeting the department minimum academic requirements does not exclude, limit, or affect the possibility of attending the courses and undertaking the exams: all entry requirements listed in this prospectus reflect the minimum requirement we consider appropriate to participate in the programme fruitfully.

First year requirements

Academic field



Derivatives and integrals, differential equations.

Basics of statistics: average values and standard deviation; normal statistical distribution


Periodic table, atomic structure, orbitals- transition elements, energy levels, chemical bonds (ionic and covalent bonds, valence bond theory, weak interactions), solutions, acids and bases, pH, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, RedOx reactions

Organic chemistry: carbon bonds, functional groups (alcohol, ether, ester, amide), organic reactions (oxidation)

Physics and Thermodynamics

Vectors and vector calculus, forces and moments, static equilibrium of rigid bodies, support reactions, rigid body dynamics.

Phase transition, latent heat, surface tension/energy, viscosity, free energy (enthalpy & entropy), thermodynamic stability, specific heat, Arrhenius law and activation energy, diffusion in solids, phase transitions, equilibrium phase diagrams, melting and crystallization.

Heat transport: conduction, convection, radiation.

Waves and electromagnetism, electrical insulators and conductors

Industrial drawing

Applied geometry: geometric constructions and mechanical curves.

Orthogonal projections: meaning and use of European and American systems for representation, definition of axonometries and perspectives,  intersection solids/planes.

Representation of mechanical parts and related standards: meaning and use of line types, representation and use of sections in mechanical drawing.

Material Science

Crystals, lattice structures, defects, grain boundary, phase transitions/phase diagrams, basic materials sample preparation, basic characterization techniques (OM, SEM, TEM, XRD).

Basic knowledge of structure and main properties of materials (glasses, ceramics, metals, polymers).

Mechanical properties of materials, fracture strength and toughness.

Solid mechanics

Stress/strain definition, tensors and matrices, elastic constitutive law and elastic constants, rheological behavior.

Axial loading, transversal shear loading, bending and torsion in beams, internal loading diagrams, stresses and displacements of beams.


Fe-C diagram, steel, cast iron, heat treatment of steel, metallurgical constituents, strengthening mechanism

Second year requirements

The second year requirements are illustrated in the attached document

Self-evaluation test

To check if you meet the entry requirements, you can undertake the MSc Materials and Production Engineering Self assessment form

The self-assessment tests will help you familiarize yourself with the disciplines you will go through during the MSC courses. Before undertaking the self-evaluation test, please consider the following:

  • the test is not mandatory.
  • The test reflects the entry requirements listed in the previous table.
  • The test is a self-evaluation tool: it aims at helping you to autonomously assess your current academic level on the disciplines of the MSc.
  • The results of the test are recorded anonymously and elaborated only for statistical purposes.

Actions to bridge the gap

To bridge the gap between course requirements and your current academic level, the Department of Industrial Engineering has several tools. In particular:

  • a list of the essential literature which is useful to meet the minimum entry
  • requirements is provided (references are divided by discipline)
  • if you need more detailed literature and/or clarifications on the entry requirements
  • for a specific course, you can contact the lecturer of the course directly.

The department arranges tutorial activities during the semester on several disciplines (solid mechanics, metallurgy) that covers the basic academic knowledge to support you to meet the minimum entry requirements. See the complete list in the attached document.

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