Master School’s Programmes

The EIT Digital Master School at Politecnico di Milano is a European master’s degree programme (two years, 120 ECTS) in Computer Science and Engineering, offering different majors in technical domains of ICT 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.

Students attend the first year at Politecnico di Milano and the second year at another partner university in a different European country within the EIT Digital network. The programme leads to a double degree (a master’s degree from each of the two universities attended) and to the EIT-label certificate, which summarises the specific characteristics of this advanced level education.

Politecnico di Milano offers the entry year for the following EIT Digital study tracks:

  • Data Science (DSC)
  • Human-Computer Interaction & Design (HCID)
  • Fintech (FT)
  • Digital Manufacturing (DM) *forthcoming*

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

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 our 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 with 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 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 at your choice 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 the Exit University and receiving their Master’s Degree, students sit a Graduation Session at Polimi to present their thesis and obtain a second Master’s Degree from our side too (Laurea Magistrale in Computer Science and Engineering).

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, with a total exemption from university tuition fees

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.

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.

Applications for 2021/22 (September intake)

A second round of applications for academic year 2021/22 is now OPEN on the EIT Digital Application Portal – apply until April 12th 2021 (last application period for 2021/22).

If you choose POLIMI as one of your preferences for the entry year, please consider the following instructions.

Candidates with an Italian bachelor qualification are evaluated directly on the EIT Digital portal. No additional local application to POLIMI is needed at this stage. If successfully accepted for starting the programme at Polimi, you will be contacted and invited to submit your local admission request through Polimi’s Online Services during the summer (even if not graduated yet). Bachelor graduation is required by October.
We strongly encourage you to get in touch with our dedicated staff in advance, writing to eitdigital@polimi.it. We are available for orientation interviews and we may provide guidance along the admission process. At this specific email address, Polimi bachelor’s students may also request their academic documentation needed for the EIT Digital application.

Candidates with a non-Italian bachelor qualification: if you intend to be evaluated for POLIMI as one possible entry destination in your EIT Digital study trajectory, in addition to the main EIT Digital application, you should submit also a local application through the Online Services of POLIMI. It is totally free and does not bind your final choice. It requires only a few steps and it’s done entirely online.

Check all the required documents for your application directly on the EIT Digital Master School’s website.


Specific instructions for International Applicants

The following instructions apply ONLY to EIT Digital candidates graduated or graduating OUTSIDE ITALY (providing a non-Italian Bachelor). You need to apply in advance also at Polimi level in order to get evaluated for this entry university. Both steps should be completed by the following deadlines:

Application Period 1 (CLOSED)

  • Main EIT Digital application (Period 1): from 16 November to 3 February 2021 
  • Polimi local application to be submitted online: from 12 January to 3 February 2021

Application Period 2 (NOT recommended for non-EU students requiring VISA)

  • Main EIT Digital application (Period 2): from 10 February to 12 April 2021 
  • Polimi local application to be submitted online: by 12 April (*)

(*) In period 2, non-EU/EEA candidates must submit their POLIMI application by 9 March as a local anticipated deadline.

Your POLIMI application will be linked by our Office to your main EIT Digital application and it will be subject to the final results of the general selection process at EIT Digital level. At the end of the selection process, if you receive from EIT Digital a study offer with POLIMI as your entry destination, you will receive further instructions from our side and you will be invited to complete your local admission to POLIMI.


Your local application through POLIMI Online Services requires only a few steps and it’s done entirely online.

First of all, you need to register for POLIMI Online Services: https://www.polimi.it/en/online-services/

  • Fill out the online application form on POLIMI Online Services, labelled: “Apply to a Master of Science programme (only for international and Italian candidates graduated abroad): Submit online application form, results release and enrolment”
  • All the EIT Digital candidates should apply for the local MSc programme in “Computer Science and Engineering” 
  • Upload all the required documents

You can provide the same application documents that you are using for your EIT Digital application on the Master School portal (Bachelor’s documents, English certificate, Letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae). In addition, POLIMI requires also a letter of reference written by one of your professors or employer (you can upload it by yourself during the application procedure) and a brief but detailed description of the content of each course taken.

IMPORTANT: EIT Digital candidates don’t have to pay to Polimi the local application fee, nor the administrative fee. As such, your local application is considered valid only for the EIT Digital study tracks (within the MSc in Computer Science and Engineering) and your admission to POLIMI is subordinated to the final results of the general EIT Digital selection process. Please, ignore the last step with the payment request and ignore any automated reminders/emails asking for the POLIMI application fee.

Only if you intend to apply to Polimi for its local programmes and be evaluated independently of EIT Digital admission results, or if you are applying also for other local master degrees not executing the EIT Digital Master School, then in such cases the Polimi’s application fee is due.

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

Before starting your application, please check POLIMI’s country-specific requirements.

For any doubt, take a look at the specific FAQ about applications. Should you need any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us. Just send an email to eitdigital@polimi.it

Best wishes!

Polimi Staff for the EIT Digital Master School

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/

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