Materials Science and Engineering

  • Strong complementarity between basic sciences and engineering expertise
  • Approach to functional materials in the context of nanotechnology
  • Increased training in labs
  • Professional profiles in high-tech industrial contexts
  • Internships in companies at regional and national level
  • Stimulating and dynamic study environment
  • Single curriculum divided into two optional courses (choice to be made in the last semester)
  1. a) Materials Engineering
  2. b) Materials Science


  • Basic Physics and Chemistry
  • Science and Technology of Materials
  • Technologies for Industrial Production
  • Techniques of materials analysis (microscopy and applied spectroscopy)
  • Structural and Functional Metallic Materials
  • Mechanical response of materials at different scales
  • Chemistry laboratory applied to materials
  • Materials in the field of electrochemistry and energy

Teaching approaches

  • Theoretical lectures and laboratory activities
  • Development of individual and group projects


Students participate in a call for admission. Admission requirements are listed in the announcements:

  • early (deadline May 30th): recommended to secure a place; high school seniors may also participate, students are admitted through a selective test TOLC
  • standard (July/August)
  • postponed (September/October), if there are still places available

Only those admitted can enroll. Non-EU students can participate in a specific call (March / April), pre-registration on is required

Degree program class
L09 Industrial Engineering
75 Slots available
Language Italian
Duration 3 years

Course description

The program trains innovation engineers in the field of technology and analysis of materials, capable of conceiving, designing and engineering a material with advanced and well-defined properties. The course teaches how to conceive, develop and characterize materials that range from plastics to ceramics, from new generation metals to “smart” materials that can be applied in applied nanotechnology (energy, environment, transport, etc…). The future of the planet depends on the ability to design new eco-sustainable and high-performance materials.

Students with a secondary school diploma (5-year course) and students with another qualification obtained abroad and recognized as suitable. Prerequisite: curiosity for materials and their numerous applications, for the development of increasingly green, innovative, high-performance and intelligent materials.


Training versatile professionals, able to operate at various levels in the field of materials, thanks to integrated knowledge of engineering, chemistry and physics; they will be able to understand and manage production processes of different types of materials, supervise laboratory activities for the analysis and quality control of their properties.


The course qualifies junior engineers who can apply their knowledge to the world of materials.

The main employment opportunities are the following:

– supervisor of process, analysis and quality control, at industrial level in various sectors

– technical expert in instrumentation and methods for materials characterization in high-tech companies


Fees, contributions and exemptions

Costs calculated based on family income (ISEE-University) and including:

  • fee for the equal access to university studies (from 130€ to 160€);
  • annual amount (from 0 (if ISEE-University <= € 22,000) to € 2,000);

Flat tax = €1,000 for international students (UE and non UE)

With a family income (ISEE-University < € 24,000) students are entitled to receive:

  • Scholarship consisting of total exemption from taxes, cash share, canteen and accommodation service (for off-site students)
  • Grants for international mobility
  • Reduced rates for the use of sports facilities and cultural services
  • Benefits for students completing their degrees within regulation time

Exclusively on grounds of merit, students can obtain:

  • International mobility grants (Erasmus)
  • Free accommodation and canteen services published in the call DUnicAL career program for student-athletes. Facilitated access to STEM programs
  • prizes for excellent students
  • higher scholarships for female students

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Life on Campus

In the largest and best equipped campus in Italy students will experience the sense of a unique university community, sharing educational, recreational, sporting and cultural events with fellow colleagues and professors. The Campus is equipped with lecture rooms, a sports center, theaters, amphitheaters, cinemas, cafes, refreshment areas and other places for socialization, thus offering an extraordinary human and educational experience.

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Services to Students

Unical is organized as an independent town that provides the best possible solutions of accommodation for students and staff living on campus, because it offers multiple services for study activities and for individual and collective well-being: libraries, the Language Learning Center, counselling and inclusion services. The Campus also includes a health center, a post office, a bank counter and a mindfulness dedicated area.

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Residential Center

It complements and completes the services provided by the University of Calabria and has put into shape the idea of a British-American campus-style University. It encompasses 10 districts hosting the university residences, consisting of apartments with double and single rooms, living room, kitchen and toilets. In these districts there are common areas for study and recreational activities and sports, there are TV rooms, game rooms and gyms; launderettes and bike rental services are also available.

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