Presentation and learning objectives

Second cycle Degree in Electrical Energy Engineering

The training acquired in this course of study is particularly effective both in the context of all production and service activities related to the generation and transmission of electrical energy and in the very broad industrial/professional context relating to all applications where specific skills are required to be able to convey and use electrical energy safely, effectively and efficiently.

Course presentation

The second cycle degree in Electrical Energy Engineering is the natural continuation of the three-year degree in Energy Engineering in the field of electrical energy. Two tracks are envisaged: “Generation and distribution of electrical energy” and “Use and applications of electrical energy”, although a high degree of flexibility is guaranteed in the definition of the study plan. Several courses are delivered in English, giving students the opportunity to prepare themselves to operate competitively in the international market. In this regard, students are encouraged to carry out part of their study curriculum abroad as part of international collaboration programmes such as the European Erasmus and Time programmes and bilateral agreements such as the one with Boston University, Guangzhou University, the University of Tokyo, etc., in order to acquire knowledge of the methods and contents of study at highly qualified foreign universities, but also to familiarise themselves with an international context of study and life with a view to a more qualified placement in the world of work.

Learning objectives

The in-depth and “wide-ranging” preparation aims to provide the Electrical Energy Engineer with flexibility and versatility that will allow him/her to profitably take part not only in the design and construction of electrical equipment and systems, but also in any industrial and service activity where the use of electrical energy is a relevant aspect. The engineer will also be able to interact usefully with professionals and environments characterised by skills other than electricity, and will therefore be able to find employment as an operator in activities related to the management and processing, with electronic and computerised means, of energy in its classical forms and also in those deriving from the most advanced energy sources. This type of training has been and continues to be particularly appropriate for integration into the productive structure of the area, which is characterised by numerous companies in the plant engineering, electromechanical, electronic and automation sectors and by many structures dedicated to the production of electrical energy, from conventional and renewable sources, and to its distribution and management. At the same time, with the knowledge of the most recent developments in the technological/application field, the aim is to promote innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises as well.

Occupational perspectives

The electrical engineer can be involved in a wide range of situations, where he has to use not only the specific skills of the electrical sector but also theoretical/application knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics/statistics, economics and computer science, which enables him to take into account, for example, environmental, construction, logistics, electronic, automation/control, transport and safety issues. In particular:

  • Generation and conversion systems (power plants, photovoltaic and wind farms, etc.), transmission infrastructure (main and conversion stations, overhead and high voltage cable lines, etc.) and electricity distribution facilities (medium and low voltage networks or as part of civil, industrial or transport installations)
  • Electrical machines, understood either as individual components (transformers, generators or motors) or as part of electrical drives that also include power electronics and sensor parts for the conversion and control of more complex systems such as, for example, electric vehicles
  • Systems for the supply and management of industrial processes (e.g., rolling mills, textile or paper processing plants, induction heating systems, etc.), for specific applications (e.g., railway and/or metro transport, conversion stations for long cable connections, storage systems with electrochemical accumulators, etc.) or for the integration of renewable generation sources (from photovoltaic, wind, biomass, etc.) that may also be used for co- and tri-generation and coupled with energy storage
  • Technical/economic analysis and optimisation from an energy point of view and in the management of industrial processes and power supply services and more generally for the supply of energy in various forms
  • Research and development on topics related to innovative energy sources (e.g. electrical components and systems for thermonuclear fusion, processes for producing photovoltaic cells, electromagnetic micro- and nanodevices), electromagnetic compatibility, high-voltage technology and lighting devices


Natural access to the Master’s Degree Course in Electrical Energy Engineering takes place from the Degree Course in Energy Engineering in Padua. Detailed information is available here. Information on access by students who have obtained their degree in other university locations, or who have obtained degrees in disciplines other than Electrical Engineering, can be found at this page.