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.
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.
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.