In order to be admitted to the MSc programme, the applicants have to comply with a number of requirements regarding:

  • The degree held

The minimum requirement to access the MSc programme is a 3-year undergraduate degree, a 3-year diploma or a foreign qualification degree that is recognized as eligible according to current regulations. For info regarding the eligibility of foreign diplomas/degrees and country-specific requirements, please visit this page.

Applicants with a degree issued by an Italian university must check that they hold the curriculum requirements necessary to access this course. More information in Italian language here!

Candidates who are in possession of the necessary curricular requirements and have an appropriate personal preparation, but who have not obtained their BSc degree within the deadline set for the enrollment in the course, will be eligible for conditional enrollment. Conditional enrollment, despite the previsions set forth by the Student Regulations of the University of Pavia, gives students the right to attend lessons during the initial period of the first semester but not to undertake examinations until they have fully registered after the achievement of their BSc degree, in any case no later than October 31. If students have still not graduated by October 31, they forfeit to all intents and purposes their enrolment in the Master’s course and are automatically refunded the amount paid in enrolment fees, excluding stamp duty.

  • The skills acquired and the courses attended during the previous degree

The admission Committee will make sure that the applicant has successfully taken a sufficient number of courses in basic and specific disciplines related to the field of civil engineering.

Attention: direct enrollment is possible If the applicant holds an Italian Bachelor’s degree with a final grade of at least 105/110 or a grade point average of at least 27/30 (average estimated on all the passed exams with grades and weighted on the corresponding CFU), this requirement is automatically satisfied. Otherwise, the applicant needs to submit a pre-evaluation request.

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  • The individual background

A strong technical background in the basic and specific engineering subjects is required and will be assessed through the documentation provided (degree certificate and transcript/diploma supplement) and, if necessary, an oral interview in English. The interview may be held through video/web conference call upon the applicant’s motivated request (e.g. for applicants residing abroad).

English language knowledge at a level not lower than B2 of the Common European Framework. Possible certification bodies are listed in the table below.

Certifying Body Certification corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework
Cambridge English Language Assessment (Part of the University of Cambridge) Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English Language Assessment (Part of the University of Cambridge) International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score 5.5
Cambridge English Language Assessment (Part of the University of Cambridge) Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) Reading/Language Knowledge Test: minimum score 60
Educational Testing Service (ETS) Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT): minimum score 77
Educational Testing Service (ETS) TOEIC Listening and Reading Test: minimum score 785 + TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test: minimum score 310
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)
City & Guilds Communicator B2
Pearson English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 1 B2

In absence of one of these certificates, the knowledge of the English language will be assessed through an interview. For students who come from countries where English is the official language or have graduated from universities where courses are taught entirely in English, no certificate is required. In these cases, candidates have to present suitable documentation supporting their request for exemption.

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