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 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 three different EIT Digital study tracks:

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

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 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, 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 2020/21

Local Recruitment as EIT Digital “Parallel Entry Student” at POLIMI for 2020/21 September intake

If you missed the main round of applications for 2020/21, here is the last chance for you to get admitted to EIT Digital Master School: we open a local recruitment batch in September 2020, reserved to newly enrolled students at Politecnico di Milano admitted to the first year of Computer Science and Engineering.

At the beginning of every new academic year, we locally recruit a small number of Parallel Entry Students (PES) to be moved to the specific EIT Digital study plans (Data Science, Fintech, Human-Computer Interaction & Design).

They are called “parallel” because they attend the same first-year classes and educational activities together with the other EIT Digital entry students at Polimi, but they will officially join EIT Digital for their second year of study, which will be spent at one of our partner universities (exit university). Therefore, PES will earn the official status of “EIT Digital student” in the second year, including local tuition fee exemptions and possible merit-based scholarships offered by EIT Digital.

Our selected PES will be also invited to the general EIT Digital Kick-Off event, where they will have the opportunity to engage in the business challenge with all the EIT Digital students from all the other entry universities. Moreover, during the three days of the Kick-Off, they may reach out to representatives from all the exit universities and gather information about the technical specialisations of the second year.

Consider joining the EIT Digital Master School though our local recruitment!

Requirements for applying as Parallel Entry Students (PES)

  • Being successfully admitted to Politecnico di Milano on the local master’s degree course in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Being able to enrol at Politecnico di Milano for the first-semester intake (a.y. 2020/21)

How to apply as a PES at Polimi?

In September, students enrolling at Polimi may express their interest in being considered as PES for one of the EIT Digital Master School programmes writing an email to Federico Schiepatti:

If needed, an individual online interview may be organised as part of the selection process.

Accepted PES will be selected at a local level by the EIT Digital education committee at Polimi. By the end of September (at the latest) they will receive our confirmation to start the programme on their chosen EIT Digital track and the Student Office will change their study plan accordingly.

During the fall semester, our PES will be invited to apply online through the EIT Digital portal for an exit university where to move for the second year of studies, after the first year at Polimi.

We are looking for PES especially for the following EIT Digital programmes:

We may also consider a few more candidates for Data Science, if strongly motivated and with very competitive academic records.

Requirements for Admission to POLIMI

Data Science, Fintech and Human-Computer Interaction & Design are specific EIT Digital tracks within the POLIMI Master’s Degree Course in Computer Science and Engineering. 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), mechanics and physics.

Specific 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)

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.


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