The aim of the course is to create professional figures who are able to manage activities related to obtaining textile products with new features and functions, and creating new textile production processes that will promote the revival of an industrial sector subject to strong competition from developing countries.
The programme provides students with tools for conceptualizing, designing, developing and operating innovative processes and related facilities and equipment, as well as creating new products and defining their production cycles. This requires training in the areas of process, plant and materials engineering, supplemented by specific mechanical and textile expertise enabling graduates to undertake activities in all areas related to the textile industry.
To achieve this end students will acquire mastery of the methodological aspects of process engineering and the textile industry, based on advanced notions of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and kinetics both in the absence and presence of chemical reaction, the fundamental techniques of control and safety analysis with specific applications to the textiles sector, and specialized knowledge of polymeric and textile materials.
The training, supplemented with laboratory experience and internships in industry, enables the MSc graduate in
Textile Engineering to:
- produce physical/mathematical models to analyse characteristics and performance of equipment, plants and processes for the production of products and materials, with particular reference to the entire textile production chain;
- conceive and propose new textile materials with new functions;
- design systems and processes as well as plan and conduct research and development in the textile field;
- study and apply advanced methods for the regulation and control of processes;
- develop and apply both standard and innovative technologies for the creation of new textile products meeting the demand for safety and environmental compatibility.
Target roles and competencies
The professional skills of MSc graduates will be applied in:
- companies in the textile, clothing and fashion, textile machinery, and textile-chemical sectors;
- chemical companies in the broadest sense, where the graduate can work both in design, and in research and development;
- firms engaged in technology transfer and consultancy, with particular reference to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in textiles, regarding problems of manufacturing, safety, water and energy saving and environmental impact reduction;
- technical offices of public administration.
The programme is geared to forming a highly specialised professional figure, with extensive expertise in all areas of the textile production chain (from yarn to finished garment or final technical textile product). It is divided into several thematic blocks:
* scientific and methodological complements to chemical-textile processes
* materials and textile processes engineering
* final exam
The first year will begin with study of complementary scientific and methodological topics, in particular statistics, economics and industrial organisation, applied thermodynamics and transport phenomena (indispensable foundations for the planning of chemical-textile processes).
These will prepare students to interact effectively with other technical/engineering and economic/organisational sectors, in particular with regard to materials, safety and environmental issues. Other courses provide the necessary connection between methodological specialization and textile technology, and include materials science (with particular reference to textile fibres) and the chemistry of polymers and colorants.
In the second semester of the first year, which will be held at a different European university, advanced training is given in Textile Engineering with particular attention to the production processes for technical textiles and for dyeing and finishing of fabrics.
During the second year the specialist training is further supplemented by investigation of textile machinery and the intensification of processes through innovative methods, and can be customised by including optional courses: in addition to those offered in the University catalogue, students can for example explore aspects of textile engineering related to advanced control applications in textile plants or innovative processes for treatment of wastewater from textile factories (ozonation, electroflotation, separation membranes, etc.) or subjects specific to the clothing and fashion industry.
The second semester of the second year is dedicated to thesis preparation and internship. At this stage students further expand their knowledge and put their skills into practice in an activity which can be theoretical, applicative and/or experimental and in which they must provide original input. Students may also choose to replace an elective course with either a further industrial internship or a period of experimentation at the L.A.T.T. (High Technology Textile Laboratory) pilot plant of Biella.
The thesis will be undertaken at the university or at outside public or private institutions, either national or international, with which the university collaborates. For students interested in additional activities abroad, agreements are in place with foreign universities to allow students to prepare the thesis in collaboration with local referents.
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.