The Master's degree course in Civil Engineering is aimed at training professional figures specialised in the field of design, construction, maintenance and management of civil structures and infrastructures serving the city and the territory. To this end, it provides in-depth preparation in the central disciplinary areas and consolidated tradition of Civil Engineering. Access is free for graduates in the L-7 class; for other three-year degree courses, it is necessary to have obtained pre-set numbers of credits in 4 groups of disciplinary areas (for more details see the course regulations).
During the two-year period, two distinct and complementary training objectives are pursued alongside those of the class: to consolidate a sufficiently articulated and in-depth knowledge and vision of the sectors characterising civil engineering thanks to a solid generalist training; to focus specialisation in a specific area chosen by the student. The course promotes the student's ability to combine technical and scientific knowledge with economic and management aspects, stimulating an engineering approach to problem solving. It also develops transferable skills, in particular the ability to make autonomous choices but also to relate and collaborate within a working group. Given the interdisciplinary training and the wide range of topics the civil engineer deals with, the course is based on a first year with training activities involving all the main disciplines, while during the second year the student is directed to one of the four specific areas of civil engineering: building, hydraulic, infrastructural, structural. Students can therefore identify an individual study plan to be structured by choosing the courses within the 4 curricula. They then have at their disposal a wide range of courses within which to deepen their preparation. There are also 6 CFU for laboratory activities or internships in firms and companies, to promote contact with the world of work. The degree thesis, for which 15 training credits are allocated, must represent an individual synthesis of the cultural contents of the course, and it reflects the ability of the student to carry out in-depth research in complete autonomy.
In the past three years the course has had an average number of enrolments of just under 80, with negligible dropouts. The average duration of studies is just over three years; graduates are 91.5% satisfied with the course (2017 figure). According to Alma Laurea data, the 1-year employed, up to the first years of the economic crisis more than 85%, were affected by the economic situation with a decrease in 2013 to 64%, while in 2016 they rose to 80% against a national average of 71.4%. The main employment opportunities for university graduates are in the first instance the same as for three-year graduates, but at a higher level of competence, specialisation and autonomy, which allows them to deal with design issues of considerable commitment and complexity (such as, for example, the design of works in seismic zones) precluded to three-year graduates. To these are added other specific ones. The natural employment opportunities are in the freelance profession; in professional firms and engineering companies specialised in the building, structural, geotechnical, hydraulic and infrastructure sectors; in construction and maintenance companies for civil buildings, plants and civil infrastructure, and soil protection control systems; in professional firms and design companies for buildings, plants and infrastructures; in public bodies with responsibility for the design, planning, management and control of urban and territorial systems; in companies, bodies, consortia and agencies for the management and control of technological networks, urban systems and soil protection; the technical offices of public and private bodies (municipal, provincial, etc.). The professional areas are those of advanced structural and infrastructural design, with innovative or complex characteristics with respect to both the modelling and calculation methods and the materials used; the management and optimisation of complex infrastructural systems (technological networks, transport networks, hydraulic infrastructures) at the service of the territory or the city; building design, also eco-compatible; specialist professional consultancy.