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Bachelor in

Industrial and Mechanical Engineering

If you choose to study engineering at unibz, you can start your study career with the Bachelor in Industrial Mechanical Engineering. This study programme will provide you with wide knowledge and crucial skills in the field and its related areas.

Course description

This study programme is subdivided into four majors:

  • Mechanics;
  • Energetics;
  • Logistics and Production;
  • Automation.

The contents of the four majors have a strong common core and provide you with a comprehensive education in industrial mechanical engineering.

The major in Mechanics provides a further specialisation in the field of mechanical engineering. The major in Energetics focuses more on the study and design of energy systems, such as production and energy distribution as well as energy efficiency. These two majors guarantee optimal technical education and prepare students to gain admission to the Master in Industrial Mechanical Engineering or the Master in Energy Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering.

The major Logistics and Production especially deepens the knowledge in the field of industrial production and management. The major Automation focuses on topics of industrial automation.

Through a strong partnership with hi-tech industry, this major trains professionals in the 4.0 industry.

There are two study plan types for all four majors:

  • study plan for full-time students (3 years),
  • dual study plan (4 years).

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The Dual Study Programme

These nationwide unique dual study programmes are offered in collaboration with Assoimprenditori Alto Adige, the association of the local entrepreneurs. Students have the opportunity to combine studies and work. In this case the duration of the programme is extended to four years. In the first year you study full time whereas starting with the second year you'll be alternating work and study. Students can sign an employment contract with a company already participating in the programme or with a new one at the end of the first year.

If you choose this programme you'll gain real work experience in a company that has agreed to invest in your training and that will allow you to obtain your degree while working. Learning by doing and projects combined with self-paced study and specific tutorship programmes (company tutors and university tutors) are the success key of this awarded study program. Next to the knowledge of the specific study programme, students acquire precious professional skills like team-working and problem solving.

Most of the students work in one of the six companies of the network Automotive Excellence Südtirol in South Tyrol. South Tyrol plays an important role in the international automotive sector: one in every three cars in Europe runs on technology from South Tyrol.

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At a glance

Degree class: L-9
ECTS credits: 180
Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 70 EU + 4 Nicht-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year

Structure of the course

All study programmes guarantee specific training in the field of industrial engineering. In the first year and a half, the teaching content of the four majors are almost identical and based on lectures in basic subjects such as mathematics, physics or materials science. In the following years, you'll specialise in the fields of mechanics, energy or economics and management depending on the chosen study programme.

The majors in Mechanics, Energetics and Automation are propaedeutic studies, which means they prepare for the continuation of studies in a master's degree in the fields of energetics, mechanics and automation. The major logistics and production is more practically oriented with contents in the fields of production, management and economy.


Degree Course director: Prof. Massimiliano Renzi (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Andrea Giustiniani

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with partner universities all over the world and a broad cooperation network with Italian and foreign businesses where you can carry out your compulsory internship of 150 hours.

Company-financed scholarships

Agreement with Unternehmerverband Südtiro/Assoimprenditori Alto Adige for the financing, by the companies involved, of three-year scholarships to 10 students worth 10,000 euros each for those admitted with the highest scores. The companies involved in the academic year 2021-2022 are: adddam, Athesia Druck, DukaGRUBER LogisticsMicrotec, Oberalp Group, Würth. The companies involved in the academic year 2022-2023 are: Finstral, Holz Pichler and Würth. The list of companies involved in the 2023/24 academic year are: Zirkonzahn and Enetec.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Major in Mechanics work as freelance professionals or for companies in the mechanical, electromechanical or plant sectors, in automation, in production systems, energy conversion and related fields in energy companies, in most manufacturing industries, in services companies, for the government or the local authorities.

The Major in Energy, in particular, provides specific training to those students who want to work in the sector of electricity providers, designing and setting up energy production systems with a special focus on technology aimed at producing energy from renewable sources.

Graduates from the Major in Logistics and Production will be able to work – as freelancers, employees or managers – for manufacturing companies, service providers and for the public administration. They will be specialists in the management of materials and in Supply-Chain Management; in the organization of production systems (production planning and control), in business organization and production processes; in Logistics, Quality Management, Project Management and Controlling.

The Major in Automation prepares for activities and a career in the following areas: system integrator or user of automation components, R&D, process engineering, process quality (quality assurance and management), production planning and control, maintenance, lean manufacturing, production management, plant management.

Well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

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Andreas Baistrocchi


Thanks to the trilingualism and the international composition of the academic staff, the Bachelor in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering has given me a sound education with a strong application orientation. In the Major in Logistics and Production Engineering, I had to face very different challenges and business experiences. In the dual study programme I was able to gain concrete work experience immediately, which significantly accelerated my career.

Selena Milanovic

Siemens Consulting, Munich

Graduating in industrial and mechanical engineering from unibz, I got the proper background to specialise in biomedical engineering and eventually undertake a PhD at the University of Oxford. In 2022, Forbes Italy selected me as a Top Talent Under 30 in the science category.
Undoubtedly, studying engineering in 3 languages opened up many  international opportunities for me.


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Summer Infopoint

You can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life. Visits are available every working day (except university closures), Monday to Friday, from 15 July to 30 August 2024.

Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 07/05/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exam (online)s: 18/03/2024 (fully booked) and 17 - 18 - 19 and 22 - 23/04/2024 (registration: 25/03 - 09/04/2024)
Admission exam (online): 14/05/2024 at 3 pm local time (two working days before the exam date, the eligible candidates will receive detailed information via e-mail)
Publication of ranking lists: by 28/05/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/06/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from 12/07 - 06/08/2024 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 29/05 - 10/07/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams (online): 24 - 29/06/2024 (registration: 29/05 - 16/06/2024)
Admission exam (online): 16/07/2024 at 3 pm local time (two working days before the exam date, the eligible candidates will receive detailed information via e-mail)
Publication of ranking lists: by 30/07/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/08/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of the ranking list until 06/08/2024 (by noon local time) 

Additional Application Session (only for EU citizens)

The Faculty can open additional application sessions for single study programmes in August and in September if there are available spaces. More information on additional sessions will be published in due course.

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 02 - 20/09/2024 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 23/30 - 04/10/2024
Freshers Days: 30/09 - 01/10/2024

1st semester

Classes: 30/09 - 23/12/2024
Holidays: 24/12/2024 - 06/01/2025
Classes: 07/01 - 25/01/2025
Exams: 27/01 - 15/02/2025

2nd semester

Classes: 03/03 - 17/04/2025
Holidays: 18- 21/04/2025
Classes: 22/04 - 14/06/2025
Exams: 16/06 - 12/07/2025

Autumn session

Exams: 25/08 - 27/09/2025

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).