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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Industrial Mechanical Engineering

Our two-year master program will provide you with the competencies in mechanical and industrial engineering you need for the current industrial revolution!

Course description

This programme trains engineers to be successful working in interdisciplinary areas of engineering, including mechanical design, mechatronics, automation, engineering management and logistics. Particular attention is devoted to the latest engineering technologies and developments, including computational engineering mechanics, smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

Students choose between two specializations Mechanics and Automation or Logistics and Production. The first is offered entirely in Bozen-Bolzano and is characterised by a strong connection with local companies. The latter is offered as a double degree with the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU, Germany) where students spend one to two semesters and earn also the OVGU Master of Science degree in “Wirtschaftsingenieur Logistik”.

This programme is grounded in South Tyrol while maintaining a strong international outlook. This is guaranteed by being taught entirely in English with teaching staff as well as students coming from South Tyrol, Italy, Europe and the entire world.

Courses combine theory and engineering practice. Laboratory activities are seamlessly integrated into the programme’s activities and students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology in the Smart Mini Factory and the Mechanical Lab, among others. Courses are taught by leading research professors of unibz, supported by experts from relevant industries. Formal teaching is augmented with excursions to trade fairs as well as local, regional and international companies.

The master is offered as a full-time programme, though an increasing number of students are employed by local South Tyrolean companies during their studies.

Upon graduation, students can take the Italian state examination for the profession of Ingegnere Industriale Senior (Senior Industrial and Mechanical Engineer) and after passing such examination to join the Ordine degli Ingegneri (Italian Chamber of Engineers) - Section A.

Hands-on Engineering

Augmented Reality – Smart Mini Factory

Collaborative Robotics – Smart Mini Factory

Four-Axis Parallel Robot – Smart Mini Factory

Coordinate Measuring Machine – Mechanical Lab

Bionic Hand – Smart Mini Factory

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At a Glance

Degree class: LM-33
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: English
Places available: 40 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: €748.50 per year

Structure of the Programme

This English-language master program is structured over two years, with two semesters per year. The first year provides the students the fundamental master-level industrial mechanical engineering knowledge. This combines traditional mechanical engineering subjects, including contents in computational mechanical design and digital manufacturing, with management engineering and automation courses including contents in project, process and technology management as well as robotics and drives.

The third semester is devoted to the deepening the students’ knowledge in the subjects of the selected specialization. The fourth and final semester is dedicated to the research and writing of the master thesis. During this year, students customize their study plan by selecting elective courses of up to 15 ECTS credit points.

In the course offering you can find the course descriptions:

Study course syllabus

Students have the option of carrying out their master thesis in house at unibz or in cooperation with local and international industry. Previous theses have been carried out at companies and research centers such as BMW, 3M, Intercable, Progress, Leitner and Fraunhofer Italia.

Both curricula foresee a study project (term project) in the third semester. This project allows students to implement the theory and knowledge acquired. Study projects are individual or team projects and are carried out at unibz or companies. It is also possible to couple the study project with an internship. More specific information can be found in the syllabus.

study project


Degree Course Director: Prof.  Renato Vidoni (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Matteo Olivotto

Exchange Programmes and Internships

This master program has agreements for exchange programmes with the Technical University of Munich (Germany), Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Chiang Mai University (Thailand). Beyond this, the Free Mover programme of the unibz opens the door to universities all over the world!

The Logistics and Production specialization allows students to spend one to two semesters at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany). This allows them to obtain a degree from each institution. Funding for this time abroad is possible via the Erasmus program

The Master at Magdeburg and Beyond

Excursion to Brenner Base Tunnel

Fair Visits: SPS Italia – Smart Production Solutions

Excursion to Field Factory of Brenner Base Tunnel

Lab Visit at Technical University of Munich

The Master at Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg (OVGU, Germany)

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are able to design and analyse mechanical systems and structures, to define and manage the suitable production systems, as well to manage materials procurement, operations and logistics. In doing so, the programme provides students with the tools for a career as an engineer or a consultant. This includes research and development, engineering design, calculation and analysis, manufacturing, automation technology, production systems procurement, production, operations management, internal and external logistics and quality assurance.

Gallmetzer Andreas

Head of 3D Innovation

As the head of a research and development department, it is important to understand complex topics and relations, and to familiarise oneself with them as quickly as possible. The Master in Industrial Mechanical Engineering allowed me to gain these skills very well from a wide ranging variety of high quality courses. Living up to the motto “think global act local”, I was able to improve my knowledge of English and simultaneously establish contacts with internationally operating local companies.


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Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 15 - 21/04/2021
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 14/07 - 15/10/2021 (by noon local time) 

Late Application

Application: 19/05 - 24/08/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 28/06 - 03/07/2021 and 27/07/2021
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 03/09/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 10/09/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 04/09 - 15/10/2021 (by noon local time) 

Freshers Days

Freshers Days: 27 - 28/09/2021 

1st semester

Classes: 27/09 - 23/12/2021
Exams (extraordinary session): 13 - 23/12/2021
Holidays: 24/12/2021 - 09/01/2022
Classes: 10/01 - 22/01/2022
Exams: 24/01 - 19/02/2022 

2nd semester

Classes: 28/02 - 14/04/2022
Holidays: 15/04 - 18/04/2022
Classes: 19/04 - 11/06/2022
Exams (extraordinary session): 16 - 28/05/2022
Exams: 13/06 - 09/07/2022 

Autumn session

Exams: 22/08 - 24/09/2022

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).

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