EIT Digital Master Programmes

The EIT Digital Master School offers MSc double-degree programmes in Computer Science and Information Technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, to equip students with cutting-edge technical knowledge and business skills. We aim at educating students to become digital transformers and innovators for European economic growth and improved quality of life.

A key feature of this two-year Master Programme is geographical mobility. As an EIT Digital student, you will study at two prestigious universities in different European countries and, upon study completion, you will get a double degree: one MSc degree from each university you have been studying during the two years. You will also receive the EIT label certificate issued by EIT Digital, that mentions your specific learning outcomes in the areas of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

EIT Digital and Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano is a partner of EIT Digital and participates as “entry” year university for three Master’s degree programmes:

· Data Science (DSC)
· Human-Computer Interaction & Design (HCID)
· Fintech (FT)

All the educational programmes combine majors in technical fields with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship: not only will you acquire fundamental knowledge and skills relating to technical subjects, you will also learn how to bring your innovative ideas onto the market and drive the digital transformation in key emerging sectors.

You can choose the programme that best suits your career aspirations and intellectual interests. Each one is designed to address the most innovative and industry-relevant fields, from information and communication technology to advanced interactive technologies and applications.

Rules and regulations

For any information about EIT Digital, please refer to the Master School Office website.
Students participating in the EIT Digital Master School programmes are registered and enrolled for the academic year under the terms and conditions of the Entry University and Exit University with a total exemption from university tuition fees.

About EIT Digital

EIT Digital is the leading European organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation and is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The goal of EIT is to accelerate innovation in Europe and to drive sustainable growth and competitiveness. Since 2010 EIT has consistently delivered breakthrough digital products and services and mobilised talents, ideas and technologies across Europe and beyond, with the mission to stimulate disruptive digital innovation.


The EIT Digital Master School is a two-year programme (120 ECTS) where students attend courses at two top universities in two different European countries within the EIT Digital network. The programme leads to a double degree (a Master’s degree from each of the two universities attended) and the EIT-label certificate, which summarises the specific characteristics of this advanced level education.

Politecnico di Milano offers three different EIT Digital tracks within the framework of the MSc in Computer Science and Engineering: Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction & Design, and Fintech.

First year

The first year attended at Politecnico di Milano (entry university) consists of a set of core courses, which provide an introduction to the study field and cover the main topics of the major, constituting a common technical base competence. There is also a portfolio of elective courses which may be taken as a preparation for the second year specialisation, or to broaden the entrepreneurial learning or to foster the academic education. All the three technical Majors are complemented by a Minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, offering an ideal combination of technology and business.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summer School

In between the first and second year, students attend a 2-week Summer School, which is organised along different innovation focus areas of EIT Digital, with strong participation from the side of the industry. Summer Schools take place at different locations throughout Europe, supporting a multidisciplinary and international dimension, with a clear EIT Digital flavour to education. Choose the one which best suits your interests. Each thematic Summer Programme is supposed to stimulate the entrepreneurial mindset and to provide an application context for business development activities. This gamut of experiences and the exposure to cultural and linguistic differences will also help students succeed in becoming leaders in global markets.

Second year

For the second year, students select a cutting-edge specialisation to study at one of the other partner universities in Europe, where they also undertake the thesis project. The thesis may be carried out during the internship in a company outside the university. The minimum length of the internship should be three months and will typically be integrated with the thesis work during the 2nd semester of the exit year.

Master’s Thesis project

The master thesis shall be performed according to the rules and regulations of the Exit University, but it has to fulfil the rules of Politecnico di Milano as well. After graduating at their Exit University, students sit a Graduation Session at Polimi, presenting their thesis to obtain the Master’s Degree (in Computer Science and Engineering) from our side too.

Entrepreneurial Education (I&E Minor)

All technical majors are integrated with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Minor for entrepreneurial education. I&E Education has a significant position within the EIT Digital Master School, following the philosophy of EIT to effectuate students towards transferring their knowledge and ideas into new feasible businesses and innovation activities.
Entrepreneurial skills are considered a core competency of top talent in any organisation. Best-in-class engineers and researchers combine excellence in science and technology with outstanding entrepreneurial behaviour.
Therefore, a set of modules of Innovation and Entrepreneurship are offered at all universities across the two years. In the first study year, the I&E Basics module builds fundamental knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship matters. The Business Development Lab, the thematic Summer Schools and the I&E study (second year) provide a more and more hands-on experience on innovation and new business development.
The I&E modules will be increasingly offered in a blended format, with online contents, resources and innovative teaching methods (Blended I&E Education, Distributed Students Activities, Cross-University Projects).

Unique features of the EIT Digital Programme

  • Strong integration of technical education in the ICT field in Europe’s premier technical universities with a “business” oriented strand (I&E Education)

  • A true sense of community and inclusion for a network of trust which brings together students, teachers, researchers and dedicated staff as a unique distributed educational network

  • Team-building events for all students in the form of “School and Camp” at European level (i.e. Kick-Off event, I&E Summer Schools, Graduation Day) and global Alumni network

  • An overarching network through EIT Digital business partners, companies and research institutes to help students accelerate their ICT innovation development

  • Flexible combination of organizational and geographical mobility across a Pan-European network and ecosystem

  • A scholarship programme to attract the best talent worldwide

Tuition fees and Scholarships

In order to attract outstanding talent, financial support is offered by EIT Digital, including a wide range of merit-based scholarships as well as tuition fee reductions and waivers. Further information and updates on the Master School website at this link.

Tuition fees at Politecnico di Milano are totally waived for all EIT Digital students!

Moreover, in June, every year sees a local call to assign benefits for the Right to Study (“Diritto allo Studio” or DSU). In addition to your merit-based EIT Digital Scholarship, you may also be eligible for this additional local scholarship from the University, which is financed by the Lombardy government and the Italian Ministry for Education. The amount of this local scholarship varies depending on the economic conditions. See here for more details.


How to apply for admission

Applications for 2020/21 are now open (Period 2)

> Deadline for all EU candidates: 17 April 
> Deadline for NON-EU candidates for their local application to POLIMI: 5 March

1) First step: application on EIT Digital Master School portal

The admission process is centrally handled by the EIT Digital Master School Office in collaboration with the Programme Committees in their role as academic selection teams. There are several rounds of application throughout the year for September intake. For more information about specific requirements, key dates and deadlines, please check the dedicated page for application and admission on the EIT Digital Master School website.

When you apply for admission on the EIT Digital platform, you can specify three preferences of choice for Entry and Exit Universities in your study trajectory. You may select Politecnico di Milano as your preferred Entry University, where to spend your first year of studies, in combination with another university for the second year.

If you are completing the bachelor at Polimi, get in touch with eitdigital@polimi.it in order to obtain the requested application documents related to your current academic career (enrolment and transcript of records).

2) Second step: application and enrolment at Politecnico di Milano

> Candidates with a NON-Italian degree: if you graduated outside Italy, besides your application on the EIT Digital portal, you need to submit a parallel “conditional” application also through POLIMI Online Services for the local MSc in Computer Science and Engineering (using the same application documents). The result of this local application will be subject to the final results of the central EIT Digital selection process. This step on POLIMI Online Services is compulsory if you choose POLIMI among your entry preferences, in order to meet our internal procedures for international candidates. Specific instructions and details for International Candidates.

> Candidates with an Italian degree: you apply first through the application portal of EIT Digital Master School. If you are accepted in the programme, you’ll receive the letter with the study offer from EIT Digital and Politecnico di Milano. Then, during the Summer, you will be asked to register on POLIMI Online Services and apply for the local MSc in Computer Science and Engineering through the local admission call for Italian graduates.

Newly enrolled students will start their first semester in mid-September.

Get ready to start at Politecnico di Milano!


Data Science, Fintech and Human-Computer Interaction & Design are specific EIT Digital tracks within the POLIMI Study Course in Computer Science and Engineering (MSc). Therefore, this entry university is best suited for applicants with a bachelor in Computer Engineering (or equivalent programmes). This means a strong base of ICT, computer science, programming and engineering courses in your transcript of records, including math courses at academic level (e.g. calculus, discrete or stats) and physics.

English Language Requirements

  • TOEFL IBT – minimum overall score of 78
  • IELTS Academic – minimum overall grade of 6
  • Cambridge English: FCE (First) – minimum grade B
  • Cambridge English: CAE (Advanced) – minimum grade C
  • TOEIC (Listening & Reading) – minimum score 720
  • Trinity College – a least ISE II

If your bachelor degree was taught in English, instead of the language certificate you have to upload a document by your university stating the official teaching language (eg. the degree certificate or its supplement, or the transcript of records).

Who we are

EIT Digital Master School at Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Cremonesi (EIT Digital Programme Coordinator at Polimi)
Federico Schiepatti (EIT Digital Programme Manager at Polimi)
Email: federico.schiepatti@polimi.it

Local Programme Coordinators

Paolo Cremonesi (Data Science)
Franca Garzotto (Human-Computer Interaction & Design)
Nicola Gatti (Fintech)
Nicoletta Di Blas
(I&E Education)

Administrative Staff

For any information about the EIT Digital Master Programmes at Politecnico di Milano, you are welcome to send your questions to our dedicated Studesk. We will try to answer your questions as soon as possible.

E-mail: eitdigital@polimi.it

EIT Digital Polimi Community

Our Facebook Group brings together current, future and past students from Polimi, plus staff and friends. We’ll be on hand to answer any question about univeristy life at Polimi and the EIT Digital programmes. Follow us to keep up to date with our latest news and events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mastereit.polimi/

Alumni Community

The EIT Digital Alumni Foundation creates a vibrant, active and successful alumni network for EIT Digital. Would you like to stay connected with your fellow alumni and EIT Digital? Are you motivated by sharing your knowledge and experiences and want to give back to the Community with your time and resources? Get in touch with the Alumni Board: https://alumni.eitdigital.eu/