Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering at Pisa University


Academic Year 2024-2025

Fully taught in English !


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Name of the Programme

Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Nucleare

Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Director of the Programme

Prof. Nicola Forgione

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Brief presentation

The Master of Science programme in Nuclear Engineering is based on the long tradition in teaching Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa, started in 1960. The study matters cover all the important areas necessary for acquiring high-level competences in the field, including Reactor Physics, Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics, Structural Mechanics, Radiation Measurement and Health Effects, Nuclear Reactor Power Plant Technology, Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Reactor Control and Operation, Nuclear Reactor Safety and Reliability.

Containing the basic matters required for a sound education in Nuclear Engineering, the MSc programme already granted to many of its past-students the possibility to obtain the certification of European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE). This is the certification released by the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) to Nuclear Engineers with a good background, who also fulfilled minimum requirements of mobility for courses or thesis work at European organisations belonging to the Association (

Programme Overview

The study programme is structured into two years of 60 ECTS credits each, including the final thesis work.

In addition, a sentence has been added to the Regulations in order to accept personalised curricula that could result also from exchanges with foreign Universities, also within ENEN and FuseNet: we will be better flexible !!!

At the moment the course is fully offered in English language, but just a minimum knowledge of Italian language is requested to attend the lectures of few side examinations, whenever required, since the basic jargon of the matters is in English. The tight network of international contacts of the teachers in the course allows performing part of the thesis work in cooperation with or at renowned institutions in Italy and abroad.

For the Academic Year 2012-2013 the previously existing Laurea (3 year BSc) in nuclear engineering matters is substituted by a specific “Nuclear Path” activated within the BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

An updated list of the courses can be found at:

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar defines the periods of lectures, examinations and vacations for all of the Engineering courses offered at the University of Pisa. All Engineering courses are taught over two semesters. Yearly courses are mostly taught in two parts or modules, with possible intermediate exams, held during the period between lectures.

Lecture Periods:

  • Fall Semester: End of September → Mid December;
  • Spring Semester: End of February → End of May.


  • sessions in January and February;
  • sessions in June and July;
  • sessions in September.

Professional perspectives

Nuclear Engineers graduated at the University of Pisa have found employment in Italy and abroad in the nuclear field and in conventional industry. The broad education in engineering matters and the specific skills in the nuclear field provide a flexible and targeted background that can be used for nuclear energy applications as well as for other major industrial endeavours. The research and development fields also absorb a considerable share of our graduates.

Nuclear Studies can be also continued at the University of Pisa in the Research Doctorate Programme in Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Safety, obtaining higher qualifications to be spent in the research field.

A short gallery of our “testimonials”, i.e. past students now working in Italy and abroad, can be found at the website:

Programme admission requirements

In order to be enrolled in the Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Nucleare, it is necessary to be in possession of a first level university degree obtained after three years of study in Italy or of another equivalent first level title obtained in other Countries that can be recognized as adequate. The Candidate must present the application attaching at least the former degree certification (or an equivalent document) and the programs of the successfully passed examinations. Both curricular (i.e., past study career) and personal preparation requirements will be checked by the degree course organisms, through an Evaluation Committee (CIV) having the tasks to examine the admission applications, to evaluate the curricula of candidates, to check the possession of the curricular and personal requirements, then making proposals for the admission or for compensation of possible educational lacks.

Admission to the Master’s Degree course is subject to satisfying the following minimum requirements:

  • A total of 42 ECTS in the following scientific-disciplinary sectors: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry;
  • A total of 18 ECTS in scientific disciplinary sectors related to the Industrial Engineering field.

The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering is a two-year degree programme characterized by compulsory and elective modules taught in English. Therefore, a knowledge of the English language comparable or superior to B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is mandatory.

The Evaluation Committee can decide to directly enroll the student on the basis of the presented documentation or to ask for an admission interview, indicating the program on which the student will be interviewed. The objective of this possible phase of the enrolment procedure is to ascertain that the student has enough background to be safely enrolled in the MSc studies.

Students having a Laurea in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa who followed the above mentioned specific “nuclear path” will be particularly well accepted in the MSc course. Therefore, the path through Mechanical Engineering in Pisa constitutes one of the possible ways to achieve from the very beginning the good background necessary to enrol in the MSc courses in Nuclear Engineering.

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Enrollment after Admission

Detailed information about enrollment at the University of Pisa can be found at the following web pages:

- For EU citizens or non-EU citizens with a regular Residency permit

- For non-EU citizens residing abroad (Pre-enrollment on the Universitaly Portal) (Enrollment at UniPi)

Websites and contacts

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A final message to summarise our spirit

Studying Nuclear Engineering allows undertaking a wonderful cultural experience, aiming to contribute in designing the energy mix of the future. Nuclear energy is relatively young in the history of civilization and has a great development potential. Learning how to use it in the best ways is the commitment of those who wish to give the world an additional chance to reach a fully sustainable development.

In this commitment to progress towards a better world, we recognize that:

“It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom”

(Albert Einstein)