The objective of the MSc course in Mechanical Engineering is to form professional figures able to work in the industrial field on complex design projects, in the management and operation of complex systems (industrial plants, production lines, transport systems), and within R & D departments.
Graduates will have the capacity to autonomously develop both standard and innovative projects in terms of product and process, working both independently and in monodisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams and with responsibility for coordination.
The goals of the programme are to provide:
- in-depth study of mechanical subjects; a high level of knowledge of the technical-scientific problems of various sectors underlying applications and innovations in engineering (materials, functional and structural design methods, energy, production systems, numerical modeling);
- ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, with an emphasis on innovation;
- ability to integrate areas of knowledge and to interface with specialists in different areas;
- understanding of economic problems and models of company organisation;
- in-depth knowledge and solid expertise in one of the areas in which mechanical engineers traditionally operate (production, design, automation, plant engineering, propulsion of land vehicles, transport).
The broadly transversal training allows graduates to adapt quickly to different professional requirements, even in sectors other than that of their degree course. They will be prepared both to interact effectively with experts from different sectors, and to continuously update their professional expertise.
Target roles and competencies
With their ability to identify, formulate and solve complex problems in innovative ways that often require a multidisciplinary approach, MSc graduates in Mechanical Engineering have a wide range of employment opportunities with coordination responsibilities and diverse functions, mainly in the following contexts:
- industries involved in the design, production, control and maintenance of mechanical components, equipment and systems, whether metallurgical or electromechanical;
- manufacturing and processing industries that use mechanical, metallurgical and electromechanical production systems;
- companies in the vehicle production sector;
- companies and public bodies in the energy conversion sector;
- contractors and companies that organise, manage and maintain plant and equipment for factories, buildings, handling and transport;
- service and industrial consultancy firms;
- public or semi-public bodies in technical functions.
Graduates will also be qualified to undertake free-lance professional activities in both design and industrial management consultancy.
The professional profiles described are based on choices made by the student during the university career. However because of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme all graduates can quickly become operational in the various sectors of mechanical engineering, adapting to different professional needs and assuming ever greater responsibilities.
Graduates may also continue their studies in doctoral research in the mechanical field, both in Italy and abroad.
The training includes courses followed by all students, mainly during the first year, while the second year offers several orientations with specialised teaching units, grouped into homogeneous areas corresponding to the main professional profiles traditionally associated with mechanical engineering.
The core teaching modules cover:
- modeling and numerical methods
- functional and structural design
- production systems
- organisation and economics
Students may choose one or more of the following specialist orientations:
- mechanical production
- plant design
- mechanical design
- propulsion of land vehicles
The core subjects are provided both in Italian and English. Within the various specializations some subjects will be provided in English.
The programme concludes with a thesis based on a complex project (relating to product, process, or equipment) or original applied research, and aimed at demonstrating not only mastery of the topics studied but also the ability to address fresh issues autonomously within an industrial or research structure.
Politecnico International Scholarships
The Politecnico di Torino offers scholarships to international students to attend academic programs in Engineering and Architecture.
Complete list of scholarship projects
* Alessandria Campus project: scholarships for international students to attend 1st level Specializing Master programs at the Alessandria campus.
* ASP - Alta Scuola Politecnica: special program for talented international students for Architecture and Engineering programs at the Master of Science level.
* Ciência sem Fronteiras program: scholarships for Brazilian students and researchers for Architecture and Engineering programs at the undergraduate, Master of Science, PhD, and Post Doc levels.
* COLFUTURO scholarship-loans: scholarships-loans for Colombian students for Architecture and Engineering programs at the Master of Science, second level Specializing master, and PhD levels.
* Compagnia di San Paolo - Politecnico project: scholarships for international students for Architecture and Engineering programs at the Master of Science and II level Specializing Master levels.
* Eni Project - Petroleum Engineering: scholarships for international students to attend the Master of Science program in Petroleum Engineering.
* Erasmus Mundus Action 2: scholarships financed by the European Commission to support mobility between European universities and International institutions at all academic levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD, Post-doc, Academic Staff).
* Erasmus Mundus (MERIT): scholarships for international students to attend the Master of Science program in Information Technologies.
* Erasmus Mundus (SELECT): scholarships for international students to attend the Master of Science program in Energy and Nuclear Engineering.
* INIA project (Internazionalizzazione Ingegneria Autoveicolo): scholarships for international students to attend the Master of Science program in Automotive Engineering (2 years).
* Invest your talent in Italy: scholarships for Brazilian, Indian and Turkish students at the Master of Science and II level Specializing Master levels.
* Verrès Campus project: scholarships for international students to attend Engineering programs at the Bachelor level at the Verrès campus.
EDISU Piemonte scholarships reserved to prospective students
All international students are entitled to the same student assistance services as Italian students, on basis of the same requisites of financial means and/or merit. This applies to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, refectory meal tickets and fee waivers.
These services are managed by the EDISU Piemonte (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario: there is such an agency in each Italian region; it has the task to set up and run the necessary student welfare services in conformity to the current legal provisions).
Alongside scholarship and financial aid information, EDISU offices will also provide other services such as counselling and information in signing a Rental Contract in the private market.
The EDISU grant is a sum of money assigned to Italian and International students registered at Piedmont universities who have good academic results and low income. The assignment of grants has the purpose of promoting higher education. The amount of money received by the students varies according to: the family income and attendance (full-time/part-time).
If you enrol for the first time, no merit is required when you apply for a grant. EDISU however, requires it for the payment of second instalment of the grant.
If you are a foreign student resident abroad, you will need to be in possession of the documents relating to your financial and real estate status abroad, as listed below.
These certificates or declarations on paper exempted from payment of real estate are issued by the competent authorities of the foreign state where the familly's income is generated.
* composition of the family unit
* revenue generated abroad the previous year (related to all the members of the family unit)
* property and real estate assets generated abroad at 31 December of the previous year
These declarations must be translated into Italian and legalised by the Italian Embassy or Consulate.
When you will arrive at the Politecnico di Torino, you will have to present these declarations to the CAF offices, afterwards the CAF will issue a document called " Attestazione ISEEU"; this document provides the index of the economic situation of your family.
With the ISEEU, you will be able to apply to the EDISU Piemonte scholarships, refectory card, rooms in Hall of Residences.
Please see also the Information for students coming from particularly underdeveloped countries.
For more information about the Notice of Competition, please visit
The ISEEU is necessary also if you want to apply for the fees reduction, directly to the Politecnico (you can apply for it only if you don't obtain the EDISU scholarship).
Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry Grants
The Foreign Affairs Ministry offers every year a certain number of grants (Borse di studio del Governo Italiano) to international students, or to Italian students living abroad.
Each grant comprehend an amount of money which vary according to the degree, an insurance and a flight ticket (only for students coming from Extra-European Countries).
Moreover, the Foreign Affairs Ministry offers other scholarships to the students of developing countries. These scholarships are assigned according to the student's home country, branch of study and course required.
Italian language knowledge is fundamental to apply for this kind of scholarship.
Borse di studio del Governo Italiano for higher education at the following levels:
* Laurea di I Livello (Bachelor)
* Laurea Magistrale (Master of Science)
* Corsi singoli (Single courses)
* Master (Postgraduate Master)
* Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD)
The Notice of Competition is available in the Italian Embassies and Consulates, in the Istituti di Cultura and in the Foreign Affairs Ministry website and is usually is updated in February/March.