Automation Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master Degree in Automation Engineering from the University of Bologna provides participating students advanced competencies in many important fields of Automation, Such as Robust Control, System Theory, Software for Real Time Control, Vision Systems, Mechanical Systems, Design of Advanced Automatic Machines, Diagnostic Systems along with up-to-date contents in Mechatronics and Robotics.


Multidisciplinarity is the Master's Degree in Automation Engineering from the University of Bologna strength.

Within this Master Degree Programme  students have two possibilities:

  • Master Degree in Automation Engineering in English for 2 years in Bologna;
  • Double-Degree Master Programme with Tongji University (AlmaTong Programme). For these students, classes of the first year will be held in Bologna. Then, students will attend classes in Shanghai for a period of 3 semesters. 

Expected learning outcomes

The specific learning outcomes of the 2nd cycle degree programme in Automation Engineering aim to produce professional figures with a solid basic and specific background able to cover management, design and coordination roles in companies requiring knowledge of sizing and implementation of highly complex architectures, automatic and robotic systems, automation processes and plants which integrate computer components, measuring, transmission and actuation equipment. 

Career prospects

Due to its international background the Master Programme allows  students to work for local international companies and abroad. The main career opportunities lies in the manufacturing, industrial transformation and services industries, both conventional (transport, distribution and territorial management, etc.) and advanced with high added value (management consulting, automatic machines, computing, etc.) and the civil service. In these fields, Automation Engineering graduates are able to contribute with their specific skills to technological innovation and production processes, which also require the integration of information and industrial technologies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mathematical Methods for Automation Engineering
  • Mechanics Of Machines for Automation
  • Discrete Time Systems Identification And Control
  • Industrial Robotics
  • System Theory And Advanced Control
  • Advanced Control Systems
  • System Theory
  • Real Time Systems for Automation
  • Image Processing And Computer Vision
  • Hardware-software design of embedded systems
  • Power Electronic Circuits
  • Resources Optimization
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please visit the programme website for more application deadlines.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score:
Recommended score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    To be admitted to the Second cycle Degree in Automation Engineering the applicant  must hold a University degree of at least three years (or achieved through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS – CFU), or another degree obtained abroad and recognized by the Automation Engineering Board as equivalent.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      2876 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2876 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      2876 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2876 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Tuition fees are estimative. All students pay based on their Equivalent Financial Situation Indicator (ISEE), irrespective of the programme they enrol on.

    Living costs for Bologna

    750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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    • Unibo Action 2- Study Grants
    • Unibo Action 1- Tuition fee waiwers
    •  Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants
    •  Collegio Superiore at Unibo -International Competition

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