Within the EIT Digital programme in Data Science (DSC) students learn about scalable data collection techniques, data analysis methods, and a suite of tools and technologies that address data capture, processing, storage, transfer, analysis, and visualization.
Technological and societal changes led to an explosion of digitally available data. Exploiting data to its fullest extent, in order to improve decision making, increase productivity, and deepen our understanding of scientific questions, is one of today’s major challenges. Data science is an emerging discipline that aims to address this challenge.
This is an opportune time to pursue training in both a challenging and rewarding new field deemed by the Harvard Business Review to offer the “… sexiest job of the 21st century”.
First-year program at POLIMI
Politecnico di Milano offers the first year in Data Science providing 60 ECTS. It integrates a set of technical courses (36 ECTS) with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor (20 ECTS) and a thematic I&E Summer School (4 ECTS).
The I&E Minor will be increasingly offered in a blended format, with online modules and innovative teaching methods leveraging a distributed learning environment in which students have the chance to collaborate on a project together with other EIT Digital students from different partner universities (blended I&E Education and cross-university activities).
The following summarizes the study plan for the first year. Please notice that, on the basis of the curriculum of previous BSc studies, the Admission Committee at Politecnico can specify some little directions on the individual study plans, regarding the choice of elective courses.
|First Semester||ECTS||Second Semester|
|Technical Major - mandatory courses (21 ECTS)|
|Data Bases II||5|
|Software Engineering II||5|
|Technical Major - elective courses (15 ECTS - make 3 choices)|
|Principles of Programming Languages||5|
|Data Mining & Text Mining||5|
|5||Advanced Algorithms and Parallel Programming|
|I&E Minor - mandatory courses (24 ECTS )|
|Strategy & Marketing||10|
|10||Designing Digital Business Lab|
|4||I&E Summer School (*)|
(*) The Summer School takes place between the first and second year, being computed among the 60 ECTS of the first year. It brings students together for two weeks to work in groups on a business modelling and planning project in the context of a societally relevant thematic area. Summer Schools take place at different locations throughout Europe, supporting a multidisciplinary and international dimension, with a clear EIT Digital flavour to education. You can choose the one you like to attend from the catalogue of Summer Schools organised by EIT Digital and published at the beginning of the first semester.
Course descriptions on our Manifesto degli Studi
During the second year, students have the option to specialise in one of the technical areas that are offered by the Exit Universities. Please, refer to their local programs for the second year or find them out on the EIT Digital Master School webpage for Data Science.
Program Coordinator: Prof. Paolo Cremonesi
Politecnico di Milano
Department of Electronics, Information and Bio-engineering (DEIB)
Federico Schiepatti (EIT Digital programme manager at Politecnico di Milano)
The Data Science major at Polimi is a specific track of the Study Course in Computer Science and Engineering (MSc). Therefore, this entry university is best suited for applicants with a bachelor degree 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 physics and math courses at academic level.