Name of the Programme

Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Nucleare (Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering)

Director of the Programme

Prof. Nicola Forgione (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Brief presentation

The Master of Science programme in Nuclear Engineering is based on the long tradition in teaching Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa, started in 1960. The study matters cover all the important areas necessary for acquiring high-level competences in the field, including Reactor Physics, Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics, Structural Mechanics, Radiation Measurement and Health Effects, Nuclear Reactor Power Plant Technology, Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Reactor Control and Operation, Nuclear Reactor Safety and Reliability.

Containing the basic matters required for a sound education in Nuclear Engineering, the MSc programme already granted to many of its past-students the possibility to obtain the certification of European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE). This is the certification released by the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) to Nuclear Engineers with a good background, who also fulfilled minimum requirements of mobility for courses or thesis work at European organisations belonging to the Association (

Programme Overview

The study programme is structured into two years of 60 ECTS credits each, including the final thesis work.

In addition, a sentence has been added to the Regulations in order to accept personalised curricula that could result also from exchanges with foreign Universities, also within ENEN and FuseNet: we will be better flexible!!!

At the moment the course is fully offered in English language, since the basic jargon of the taught matters is in English. The tight network of international contacts of the teachers in the course allows performing part of the thesis work in cooperation with or at renowned institutions in Italy and abroad.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar defines the periods of lectures, examinations and vacations for all of the Engineering courses offered at the University of Pisa. All Engineering courses are taught over two semesters. Yearly courses are mostly taught in two parts or modules, with possible intermediate exams, held during the period between lectures.

Lecture Periods:

  • Fall Semester: End of September → Mid December;
  • Spring Semester: End of February → End of May.


  • sessions in January and February;
  • sessions in June and July;
  • sessions in September.

Professional perspectives

Nuclear Engineers graduated at the University of Pisa have found employment in Italy and abroad in the nuclear field and in conventional industry. The broad education in engineering matters and the specific skills in the nuclear field provide a flexible and targeted background that can be used for nuclear energy applications as well as for other major industrial endeavours. The research and development fields also absorb a considerable share of our graduates.

Nuclear Studies can be also continued at the University of Pisa in the Research Doctorate Programme in Industrial Engineering, in the Curriculum of Nuclear Engineering, obtaining higher qualifications to be spent in the research field.

For further information, please visit the web page:


and its sections on:

  • foreign students application procedures

  • the success obtained by our graduates in getting the ENEN Certification

  • galleries of our past students careers