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Electronic Engineering

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Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Access Requirements: 
Italian Classification: 
LM-29 Ingegneria elettronica
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Course Overview

The master's degree program in Electronic Engineering aims to train high-level professionals working in the field of (micro) electronic systems, analog and digital circuit electronics (with discrete and integrated components), power electronics, sensors and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS): all sectors and technologies that constitute the hardware foundation of any system in ICT (Information and Communication Technology), IoT (Internet of Things), Automotive and systems with high technological content in general.

In a global market of semiconductors and electronics, very competitive and rapidly changing, the master's degree program in Electronic Engineering has therefore the objective of ensuring students an adequate mastery of the knowledge, both basic and applicative, necessary for the design, implementation and management of traditional electronic devices, circuits and systems, through consolidated technologies, while at the same time providing the elements necessary to face new problems in emerging contexts and scenarios. This led to the definition of a training curriculum that gives great importance to the disciplines of the characterizing fields (Electronics, Electronic Measurements and Electromagnetic Fields). In particular, given the presence on the territory of leading companies nationally and internationally operating in the semiconductor and electronic devices and systems segment, the training project provides ample space for the acquisition of skills for the design and characterization of VLSI integrated electronic systems, integrated radiofrequency systems, integrated measurement systems and MEMS devices. Furthermore, in consideration of current application trends, adequate knowledge is given to the knowledge inherent to embedded systems for IoT and power electronics.

The master's degree program in Electronic Engineering also aims to consolidate the knowledge in the technical-scientific aspects of the basic disciplines of Information Engineering, with particular attention to the skills of computer science, theory of circuits and elements of the theory of quantum information.

To ensure a connection with the production world, there are 3 ECTS of the type "Other useful knowledge for entering the world of work" which are normally entrusted to external professionals coming from the industrial world; at least one annual visit is organized at local companies and numerous cognitive and technical seminars are hosted. The thesis of 18 ECTS, where requested by the student, is carried out in companies supervised by a university tutor and a corporate tutor. Two optional groups of courses allow the student to customize a course of study that can be more addressed either to emerging technologies or programming languages ​​for electronic design. A course chosen by the student is also present. Lastly, for many courses, the degree program foresees a significant part of the hours devoted to practical and laboratory experiences (above all in courses with a high design content) in order to allow the student to consolidate the theoretical knowledge acquired in the field.

Educational Goals

The degree course aims to deepen the design methodologies of electronic and microelectronic circuits and systems through the knowledge acquisition of technological processes, advanced design techniques, computer-aided design, production phases and testing procedures. 

Specifically, the training objectives of the CdLM in Electronics Engineering are structured so that the graduates of the course will be able to:

  • understand and describe the complex problems of information engineering that require an interdisciplinary approach through an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and scientific aspects of mathematics and other basic sciences;
  • know the theoretical-scientific aspects of information engineering, both in general and in depth, in relation to those of electronic engineering, in which they are able to identify, formulate and solve, even in an innovative way, complex problems or those requiring an interdisciplinary approach;
  • conceive, plan, design and manage complex and/or innovative systems, processes and services
  • design and manage highly complex experiments through electronic systems and devices;
  • fluently use, in written and oral form, at least one European Union language besides Italian, with reference also to disciplinary vocabularies (entry requirement).

These educational objectives are persecuted through a single path which includes 10 courses of 9 ECTS to which are added:

  • a course related to Other Computer and Telematics Skills (3 ECTS);
  • a course chosen by all those present at the university provided that it represents an effective increase of the student's knowledge (9 ECTS); the student can choose to cover the aforementioned 9 ECTS "by choice" even through an internship activity in companies, public bodies, research institutions;
  • a thesis activity that upon request can be carried out at a Company or abroad (18 ECTS).

Job Opportunities

The Electronic Engineer can find professional outlets in companies for the design and production of electronic circuits, electronic components, electronic equipments and systems, and in those companies that develop products with a high technological content, as well as in public and private research organizations and in consulting companies and services.

Professional outlets

  • Electronics Engineers
  • Design Engineers of Computers and their Peripherals