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MSc in Nuclear Engineering

Degree awarded
Master of Science

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale (School of Engineering ), University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino n. 2, 56122 Pisa, Italy

+39 050 221 8057

E-mail address

Type of course
Full time degree programme

Language of tuition

Length of course
Two years (two semesters per year) for a total of 120 ECTS

Date of commencement
End of September each year

Application deadline
Formal applications are made before end December

Late applications before the start of lectures in September are possible.

Class size
Approx. 40 students

Cost / fees
University fees depend on the student’s country of origin and can vary from €450 to €2,500 depending on family income.

Student grants / Financial assistance
Students can apply for a scholarship provided by the DSU (Regional “Right to Study” programme) and be granted tuition waivers or reductions based on family income. The annual call for DSU grants is published in the month of July at the DSU Toscana website Students may be entitled to loans or grants from their country of origin in order to support themselves financially.

The town of Pisa offers several opportunities for lodging.

Exchange partner schools
All the members of the European Nuclear Education Network and more many others

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Research Centres, Industries, Universities

Programme Director
Prof. Nicola Forgione

Contact details for application
Dott.ssa Francesca Nannelli
Largo Lucio Lazzarino n. 2, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Tel.: +39 050 2218057

University of Pisa

Master of Science (MSc) in Nuclear Engineering

The Master of Science programme in Nuclear Engineering, FULLY TAUGHT IN ENGLISH, 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 ENEN (

Owing to a tight link also with the European Fusion Education Network (Fusenet,, the MSc Course is able to offer several study opportunities abroad at ENEN and FuseNet Member institutions, for courses and thesis works.

The Programme is presently taught in English in order to make Italian and foreign students ready to operate in the international environment in which nuclear engineers are called to act and to open the teaching offer to students from abroad.

Admission requirements

Bachelor of Science (Laurea triennale) of three years duration, or gained through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS, with good bases in Industrial Engineering.

Sound bases in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Thermodynamics and Heat transfer, Energy systems, Strength of materials.

Evaluation of suitability of applicants is performed by the Admission Committee which decides about their admission to the Programme. A reasonable knowledge of the English language is also requested (level B2 or equivalent).

To enrol at the University of Pisa, students who hold a foreign high school diploma must have attended school for at least 12 years.

In order to apply for a Master’s degree programme, the university must first evaluate the student’s academic qualifications and see whether s/he fulfils the requirements based on the university degree, study programme and exams taken abroad.

Different rules apply depending on whether students are EU or non-EU citizens:

The University of Pisa (Università di Pisa)

The University of Pisa (Università di Pisa) is one of the most renowned educational institutions in Italy. Although formally founded in 1343, there are records to indicate that the university has been active since the 11th century.

Famous alumni of the university include Galileo Galilei and Antonio Pacinotti, Nobel Prize winners such as Giosuè Carducci (Literature), Enrico Fermi (Physics) and Carlo Rubbia (Physics), and Fields medalists Enrico Bombieri and Alessio Figalli (Mathematics).

Nowadays the University of Pisa represents a prestigious modern centre for teaching and advanced research. Almost all of its departments are located in the heart of the city in both the historical centre and the outer districts.

Most facilities can be reached on foot within 20 minutes from the centre of Pisa.