Bionics engineering is a new frontier of biomedical engineering. Bionics indicates the research area which integrates the most advanced robotics and bioengineering technologies with life sciences, such as medicine and neuroscience, materials science, etc., with the ultimate goal of inventing and deploying a new generation of biomimetic machines, human-centred healthcare and (more generally) assistive technologies.

One of the primary goals of the M.Sc. in Bionics Engineering is to challenge a selected core of very highly qualified students that, besides acquiring high-level professional skills, will also foster the progress of the research activities in the bionics field. Graduates in Bionics Engineering will be able to close the innovation loop by both translating the knowledge across application scenarios and transferring scientific insights into market opportunities.

The M.Sc. in Bionics Engineering is characterized by a limited enrolment (30 students). Students are admitted to the program following a successful entrance examination. Candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in an engineering discipline or any equivalent diploma.

The M.Sc. is jointly managed by the Department of Information Engineering of UNIPI and by The BioRobotics Institute of SSSA.

To enter the M.Sc. in Bionics Engineering there is a competition that aims to select at most 20 candidates, as follows:                                                

Up to 15 positions for non-EU applicants exclusively (citizens of countries not belonging to the European Union) and not residing in Italy “non-EU Applicants)

Up to 15 positions for EU applicants and non-EU applicants residing in Italy exclusively (“EU Applicants”).

If fewer than 15 non-EU selected Applicants join the Master Degree Programme, the number of positions available for the EU Applicants will be increased by the equivalent number of positions for non-EU applicants that remain vacant.

The courses of the Master Degree Programme in Bionics Engineering assume the existence of a solid background knowledge at the methodological and technological level, that typically features the Bachelor Programmes in Biomedical Engineering or equivalent ones.

It is expected that the applicants possess good analysis and synthesis abilities, as well as problem solving skills. During the interview, questions to applicants could concern their thesis activity, as well as their educational/technical pathway. Moreover, questions could be made in the form of problems (even unstructured ones), to test the candidate’s reasoning ability.

One of the main objectives of this master's degree program is to train highly qualified students who, in addition to acquiring high-level professional skills, can advance research in the field of Bionics.

One of the non-secondary objectives will be to train students able to transfer the scientific knowledge acquired during the degree course in the development of practical and usable applications that can open new market opportunities.

The educational contents of the master's degree in Bionics Engineering will be based on the fundamental principles of biomedical engineering, biorobotics and neural engineering. The students of the Master Program in Bionics Engineering will enrich their background with specific skills in the following fields: mechatronic engineering, robotics, biomedical robotics, telerobotics, design of bio-inspired robotic platforms, neuroprosthesis, wearable and implantable technologies, and advanced simulation environments.

The master's degree program in Bionics Engineering is organized in such a way as to provide a balanced combination of traditional theoretical courses and experimental and research activities.

The Master Program has two curricula one called Neural Engineering linked to the Information Engineering and the other Biorobotics related to the Industrial Engineering area.

In the Neural Engineering curriculum the student has the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the design, development and management of new neuroprostheses and innovative sensory systems, in the development of new methods for the acquisition and treatment of neural signals, in the development and management of robotic systems. able to interact and communicate with human beings following social behaviours and rules related to their specific role.

In the Biorobotics curriculum the student has the opportunity to acquire knowledge on the development of human and animal robotic models, on the development of robotic platforms and devices for surgery and targeted therapies, for robotic rehabilitation, for the replacement or functional assistance of upper limbs. and lower, and on computational biomechanics.