2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Environmental Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8894
Degree Programme Class LM-35 - Environmental engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies

The degree programme is divided into the following curricula:

1) Environmental engineering (Taught in Italian)
2) Earth resources engineering (Taught in English)

Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Double/Multiple degree
Degree Programme Director Lisa Borgatti
Language Italian, English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission to the degree programme is subject to the possession of a first cycle degree or three-year university diploma worth at least 180 CFU, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad.

Admission to the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme is open to graduates who satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

1. first cycle degree, with at least the number of CFU credits described below:

- at least 54 CFU in the following core subject areas of Environmental Engineering degree programme regulations of the University of Bologna: GEO/02; GEO/05; ICAR/01; ICAR/02 ICAR/03; ICAR/04; ICAR/05; ICAR/06; ICAR/07; ICAR/08; ICAR/09; ING-IND/11, ING-IND/24; ING-IND/25; ING-IND/27; ING-IND/28; ING-IND/29; ING-IND/30

- at least 36 credits in the following subjects: ICAR/01, ICAR/02, ICAR/03, ICAR/06, ICAR/07, ICAR/08, ICAR/09, ICAR/20, ING-IND/08, ING-IND/09, ING-IND/10, ING-IND/11, ING-IND/22, ING-IND/24, ING-IND/25, ING-IND/27, ING-IND/28, ING-IND/29, ING-IND/30 , ING-IND/31, ING-IND/32, ING-IND/33, ING-IND/35

- at least 24 credits in MAT and FIS.

2. 1stcycle degree in class L-7 (Civil and Environmental Engineering) ex DM 270/2004 or class L-8 (Civil and Environmental Engineering) ex DM 509/1999 with a final degree score of at least 105/110. The same criteria apply also to 2nd cycle graduates in Italy under ex 270/2004 or ex DM 509/99 and gradates from five-year single cycle degree programmes in Italy: graduates from degree programme systems which did not apply a credit system shall be calculated according to an annual credit of 12 CFU and a semi-annual credit of 6 CFU.

3. university degree obtained abroad and deemed appropriate by the Degree Programme Board. Suitability is established according to the aforementioned criteria where it is possible to convert the degree score to the Italian system, and where the subject areas and number of credits obtained in each sector are easily identifiable. If conversion and/or identification are not possible, the students' career will be assessed by the Degree Programme Board.

Admission to students who do not possess the aforementioned requirements indicated in points 1, 2 and 3 is subject to the assessment of the Degree Programme Board based on the students' academic career (obtained credits, scores, final degree scores).


Personal competencies and skills are deemed acceptable for graduates who satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

1) final degree score of at least 88/110 (or 80/100);

2) minimum number of credits obtained in specific subjects, as shown below:


ICAR/01, ICAR/02; ICAR/03; ICAR/06, ICAR/07; ICAR/08, ICAR/09

at least 15 CFU.



At least 15 CFU.


MAT/03, MAT/05, MAT/07:

At least 15 CFU



At least 9 CFU

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree in Environmental Engineering for students who do not possess the requirements indicated in points 1 and 2 is subject to the specific assessment by the Degree Programme Board of the students' academic career.

For students in possession of a university degree obtained abroad and deemed appropriate by the Degree Programme Board, for which the conversion of the degree score to the Italian system is possible, the criteria adopted are those applied to graduates in Italy; otherwise the students' academic career will be assessed by the Degree Programme Board.

A special Admissions session may be held for international students, with a Board appointed to assess the candidates' personal competencies and skills; this session will be compatible with the schedule established in the call for applications for study grants (which indicatively expires in May).

All applicants to the international curriculum (Earth Resources Engineering) must possess a knowledge of English equivalent to a B2. If no certificate (given either by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo or by an equivalent certifying body) is available to support such a knowledge the Degree Programme Board may ascertain it by considering previous academic records and possibly an interview with a suitably nominated commission. In that case, a certification of English language of at least B2 level has to be obtained anyway by the end of the first year of enrollment.

Programme profile

The 2ndcycle degree programme specifically sets out to train Expert EnvironmentalEngineers in soil and territorial protection, environmental techniques andtechnologies, georesources and geotechnologies.
The specificobjective of this 2nd cycle degree programme is to offer an in-depthcurriculum allowing students to acquire a full command of the methodologicaland operational aspects of basic sciences and engineering, privileging thespecific aspects of environmental engineering.
Graduateswill be able to study the features of the principal methods, techniques,equipment, systems and infrastructure for the design, execution, management andmonitoring of works which imply even highly complex modifications to thebiosphere, with particular reference to the layer of the earth affected byanthropogenic functions and in which the resources of current and potentialinterest to man can be found.
The degreeprogramme is highly multidisciplinary and intersectoral, starting with a broadcommon knowledge base and targeting three main learning outcomes suited toworking in the following sectors:

- Open airand underground excavations, soil and rock logging, for the advanced design oftunnels and other civil and mining works. They also develop the innovativescientific and technological aspects concerning the cultivation and enhancementof geo-resources, for the sustainable production of raw materials andindustrial materials. The programme highlights the innovative aspects ofworksite design and safety, the innovative processes for the treatment andrecycling of demolition materials and the environmental impact of miningactivities.

- Theunderground fluids area trains highly specialised technicians able to use themost advanced methods and techniques for exploration, research and productionof underground fluids (hydrocarbons, water, geothermal fluids), particularlystudying: single phase and multi-phase motion and transport of soluble andnon-soluble substances; the most advanced techniques for protecting undergroundwater resources and purification and reclamation projects; soil samplingtechniques using different methods.

Environmentalrisk analysis, with reference to particularly complex conditions caused byhuman settlements and activities. The overall assessment aims to cover: duringadvanced design activities, environmental impact studies concerning theimplementation, management and decommissioning phases of activities, includingthe risk of any incidental events and the environmental destination ofpollutants; during operations, the development of advanced environmentalmanagement, safety and monitoring systems for the many impact measuringparameters. The aforementioned study of techniques is complemented by anin-depth study of elements required for analysis, implementation and managementof technological interventions to reduce emissions with the aim of mitigatingoverall impacts. Particular reference will be made to the most innovativeoperations to reduce liquid, gassy, solid and noise emissions at source,innovative purification plants for the treatment of both civil and industrialliquid waste and gassy waste, waste disposal and recycling, reclamation ofpolluted sites using the most advanced techniques.
The mostinnovative interventions for territorial protection and reclamation, throughthe prevention and monitoring of natural and/or anthropogenic territorialdamage. Among these, forecasting, prevention and monitoring of hydrogeologicalrisk, the reclamation of hydrographical basins and waterways, coastal processmanagement, civil defence, monitoring of territorial evolution and inparticular landslides, as well as the surveying, management, monitoring andprotection from natural risks (seismic, volcanic and geomorphologic), andfinally the evaluation of the environmental impact of complex engineeringworks.
Theseobjectives are achieved through a curriculum providing a solid background inphysics and mathematics, as well as developing specific professional andoperational skills in all core disciplines of Environmental Engineering; inparticular it refers to the protection of the soil and the territory, environmentaltechniques and technologies, georesources and geotechnologies.
The curriculum provides ampleroom for autonomous learning activities: exercises, laboratory work for theproduction of design work and study of specific subjects, allowing students todevelop strong skills in the design, execution, management and monitoring ofeven highly complex works.


The degree programme is divided into the the following curricula:

1) Environmental engineering (Taught in Italian)
2) Earth resources engineering (Taught in English)

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

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