Academic Year 2019/20
School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Industrial and Information Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||476|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||LM-29 - Electronic engineering|
|Degree level ||Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2010/2011|
|Official length of the programme ||2|
|Years of the programme already activated ||1,2|
|Official language(s) ||The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme is offered in English but the degree programme meets the requirements of MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) note of 11.07.2018 and the CUN opinion of 10.23.2018.|
|Dean of the School ||Antonio Capone|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Franco Zappa|
|Website of the School ||http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |
Central Student Office - Milano
| Address ||VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
The Study Programme in Electronics Engineering prepares the student to conceive, design, innovate, validate and disseminate devices, circuits, apparatuses and complex electronic systems and to integrate them into highly multidisciplinary areas, in the most diversified applications and countless high-tech and consumer world markets.
The Study Programme in Electronics Engineering (ELN) is divided into a first-level three-year Bachelor of Science (Laurea, L) degree and a second-level two-year Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale, LM) degree, with progressively increasing contents and skills. The Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) is equivalent to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.).
The aim of the LM ELN is to train and complete professional Electronics Engineers with a broad and robust scientific, technological and engineering know-how, so that they acquire the capability of combining the physical-chemical-mathematical aspects of the most advanced sciences with the technological needs of advanced engineering implementations. The LM ELN provides the skills to create enabling technologies, demonstrate innovative applications, design cutting-edge electronic products and systems, integrate them in the most diverse areas, often expanding toward new markets and scenarios, by inventing new fields, and by improving the quality of everyday life.
Electronics is everywhere around us and it is the irreplaceable and enabling basis of all current and future technologies of the Information, Communication, Control, Automation, Energy and Electricity era. Scientific researches and market developments in electronic technologies are continuous, incessant, and increasingly stimulated by the most diverse and demanding applications. For example, ever-faster microprocessors, with low power consumption, but higher and higher computing power, and increasingly dense memories, without defects and of long endurance and short access time, are the essential electronic constituents of any computer and processing system; without such electronic circuits, artificial intelligence would remain only science-fiction. The ultra-sensitive and miniaturized semiconductor sensors, which continually dialogue with each other and towards the outside world, in the most refined robotic systems and in distributed and ubiquitous networks, are fundamental to acquire the real world’s signals, understand them, manage them, control them, and implement actions; without such electronic devices, reality would remain only virtual. Electronic devices, from the simplest consumer products of entertainment and gaming to advanced electronic systems for automation and control, communications, information systems, biomedical instrumentation, equipment for energy generation, storage and distribution, avionics, mechatronics and satellite systems, and so on, have become so fundamental that their existence and performance are taken for granted; without such electronic systems there would be no modern world.
Thanks to the success of the LM ELN and the excellence of Electronics Engineers, the design and innovation of electronic devices, electronic circuits, electronic equipment and systems will provide the fundamental building blocks for all areas of modern life, with all its "Smart-" (smart cyber-physical-systems, smart industries, smart manufacturing, smart living, smart mobility, smart lighting, smart cities, smart communities, smart aging, etc.) and "autonomous-" (vehicles, driving, fleet , manufacturing, etc.) features, so invasive in everyday life.
The Master of Science’s Electronics Engineer is the inventor of these systems, she/he designs them, develops them, validates them experimentally and eventually installs them into the end-user application. The first task of an Electronics Engineer is to derive models of the physical reality with which his/her electronic systems will interact, to understand, describe, foresee, and verify the interactions with the other mechanical, electrical, energetic, informative, biological, clinical, physical, chemical, nuclear, etc. equipment. It is a refined and multifaceted professional figure, not closed in his world, but oriented to a continuous interaction with the users of these systems. The Electronics Engineer has a propulsive push towards innovation aimed at improving the performance not only of what is electronic-based (e.g., the component, board, instrument, mainframe, motherboard, network, transceiver, actuator, controller, etc.), but of the whole macro apparatus and of the entire ecosystem. For example, electronics in communication systems allowed the boost of cellular communications, satellite connections and "quantum communication". The technological innovation capabilities of electronics, combined with solid physical / chemical / biological knowledge, have allowed the development of scientific instrumentation, innovative micro- and nano-electronic sensors, biomedical devices, and autonomous guidance and control systems, able to support the evolution towards a sustainable society centred on human beings, on their quality of life, and on non-invasive interaction with the surrounding world.
In particular, Electronics Engineers who have achieved the Master's Degree (LM ELN) will be able to operate at the highest levels of research and development, having the skills to guide the evolution of scientific / technological / manufacturing / social sectors by making innovation and the deployment of sophisticated equipment both in technologically advanced industries and in the best national and international research centres.
3. Learning objectives
The Laurea Magistrale Study Programme in Electronics Engineering is delivered in English, with only a few subjects in Italian, in order to train the student to be at the forefront of international high-level technologies and Research & Development (R&D) leaders. The second-level two-year Laurea Magistrale Degree in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) is equivalent to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.) and follows the first-level Laurea (L) Degree, equivalent to the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (B.S.E.E.).
The LM ELN trains engineers to access high-tech scientific and industrial fields in various sectors, from nanometric devices and optoelectronic components, both classical and quantum, to sub-micrometric integrated circuits, from local area networks to cellular and satellite communication systems, from robotics to industrial automation and control, from the most advanced biological and biomedical instrumentation to electrical power storage, management and supply systems, from wearable and ubiquitous sensors to autonomous vehicles and drones.
Therefore, the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering graduates are expected:
- to acquire a solid scientific and technological background on the fields related to electronic technologies;
- to understand and contribute to technological evolution, extending the design of innovative electronic systems in multidisciplinary contexts and in highly competitive industrial fields;
- to master valid methodological tools for dealing with complex scientific and industrial problems, having acquired an awareness in the electronic "culture of the project" in the scientific, technological and applicative fields, for enabling innovation in other sectors;
- to work and communicate effectively in a professional environment.
The strongly interdisciplinary nature of Electronics imposes a specialized scientific and technical understanding of subjects during the entire two-year LM ELN. Eventually, the studies can continue with the Research Doctorate (Ph.D., from Philosophie Doctorate), optional, post-graduate, lasting three years, aimed at acquiring a robust know-how in sophisticated fields of scientific research and industrial development.
The consolidated experience acquired in the provision of the Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering at POLIMI has made it possible to refine and optimize the methods for delivering courses and for verifying the learning and preparation acquired by students. These methodologies contribute to providing training that is not limited to scientific and technical knowledge only, though fundamental and inalienable, but also aimed at consolidating in the student the more general cognitive abilities, such as comprehension during frontal teaching in the classroom and also in home study, at strengthening the effectiveness of both independent study and also of group and laboratory activities. During the LM ELN, the student will acquire the experience and self-esteem necessary for continuing education also after graduation, necessary for the Engineer to keep up to date the skills in his electronic field and in related areas, always in continuous and often disruptive evolution. During the LM ELN, the student will improve the capacity for simplification, decomposition, modelling and resolution of complex problems. In addition, it will also enhance both written and oral communication skills, and teamwork and interpersonal relationships.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
The Study Programme in Electronics Engineering (ELN) is divided into three levels:
- first-level Laurea (L) degree, lasting three years and equivalent to the internationally known Bachelor of Science (B.S.);
- second-level Laurea Magistrale (LM) degree, awarded after graduation at the Laurea (L), lasting two years and equivalent to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.);
- third-level Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.), following the first two levels and lasting three years.
These three levels can only be followed sequentially. The Degree completed at one level allows both entry into the labour world and the continuation of studies to the next level. The highest level is the Ph.D. Degree and is aimed at post-graduates who wish to further strengthen their expertise in academic research and innovative development, at POLIMI research laboratories and through projects funded by the European Commission or by other organizations and companies.
The two-year Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) provides an in-depth and high-level insight into the most advanced aspects of modern electronics, aimed at giving the student a robust, competent, aware and versatile design attitude, for prototyping and deploying even extremely complex projects. The LM ELN provides the student with the tools for integrated digital, analog, and radiofrequency microelectronic circuit design, for the development of micro- and nano-electronic semiconductor devices, for the design of micro-electro-mechanical systems sensors, photonic detectors, optoelectronic devices, radiation detectors, for the conception of innovative electronic instrumentation for telecommunications, medicine, nanotechnologies, biology, and for the implementation of sophisticated systems for automation, intelligent vehicles, robotics, avionics, etc..
In the LM ELN, the student will develop a remarkable design ability suitable to successfully face the challenges of innovation, research and development in the technologically advanced production sectors where Electronics is the enabling key technology. The multidisciplinary nature of LM ELN and the emphasis on methodological aspects give the Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering the necessary maturity to take on positions of responsibility and leadership, not only in technical areas but also in the management of entire production chains.
This second-level cycle concludes with a Thesis work, where the student personally participates in the research and development activities carried on by professors, researchers, post-docs and Ph.D. students in POLIMI research laboratories, in collaboration with Industries or with other universities and research centres in Italy and abroad.
The LM ELN courses are taught mainly in English and only a few subjects can be chosen in Italian. At the end of the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN), the student will be proclaimed a graduate in Electronics Engineering, corresponding to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.).
Each one of the two years of the LM ELN Master's Degree is divided into two semesters, the 1st semester from mid-September to mid-December and the 2nd semester from the beginning of March to mid-June. To allow access to the LM ELN at the beginning of each semester, the first and second semester of each year are interchangeable: the courses of each semester can therefore be followed either in the natural order (1st semester and then 2nd semester) or in the reverse one (2nd semester and then 1st semester).
The Dottorato di Ricerca (Research Doctorate or Ph.D.), i.e. the third-level degree, further develops high-level training in Electronics Engineering, following the know-how and competences acquired at the LM ELN Master's Degree. The Ph.D. programme takes place over three years and aims at the advanced training of selected professionals, to become capable to carry out and lead innovation, research and development activities in the most advanced sectors of Electronics and with an interdisciplinary approach. The priority objective of the Research Doctorate is to broaden the theoretical, experimental and methodological expertise necessary for leading research and innovation management in all its technical and economic aspects. The most natural choice is the Research Doctorate in "Information and Communication Technology" (ICT) at POLIMI, activated at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB). Information on the Research Doctorate is available at http://dottoratoit.deib.polimi.it/.
4.2 Further Studies
The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)
As regards the third-level of university education to which the LM ELN Degree allows access, the most natural choice is the Research Doctorate in "Information and Communication Technology" (ICT) at POLIMI, activated at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB). For more information see: http://dottoratoit.deib.polimi.it.
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
Graduates in Electronics Engineering have acquired the ability to design and manage sophisticated equipment, processes and systems and to design and perform highly complex experiments, solving engineering problems that frequently require an interdisciplinary approach. The LM ELN graduate is a professional figure oriented to continuous innovation, aimed at improving performance, optimizing resources and costs of the designed products to be manufactured, and stimulated to exploit electronics in increasingly diversified and innovative applications.
LM ELN graduates will be able to pursue productive careers in high-tech scientific, technological, industrial and manufacturing sectors, across a wide range of topics, from nanoelectronics, photonics, optoelectronic components and devices, to submicrometric integrated circuits, from communication systems and data network apparatuses, to industrial control and automation equipment, from infotainment devices to smart-watches, tablets, wearable devices and all their applications.
The Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering allows access - upon passing a State Examination (“Esame di Stato”) - to "Section A" of the Italian "Register of Professional Engineers - Information area" (“Sezione A” of ”Albo degli Ingegneri - settore dell'Informazione”), with the title of "Information Engineer" (“Ingegnere dell'Informazione”).
5.2 Careers options and profiles
The Master of Science in Electronics Engineering, i.e. the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN), aims to train high-profile professionals who, thanks to a robust and diversified scientific and technological preparation, are able to hold roles of great responsibility, in a great variety of occupational contexts in high-tech sectors. Among the main professional positions, we can mention:
- consumer electronic application industries (audio, video, infotainment, mobile phones and computers, etc.);
- industries of microelectronics, semiconductors, integrated and hybrid circuits and, in general, of electronic components;
- electromechanical industries with high technological content such as aeronautics, mechatronics, energy, transport, aerospace, etc.;
- electronic, optoelectronic and radiofrequency equipment industries for wired, wireless, fibre-optic, and satellite communication systems;
- instrumentation industries for analytical and biomedical applications and for research and development laboratories in biology, genetics, proteomics and pharmacology;
- plant engineering, industrial automation, robotics and autonomous driving industries;
- electronic design consultancy company;
- freelance activities for design and deployment of custom electronic systems.
- national and international, public or private, scientific and technological research organizations.
Furthermore, the professional figures graduated with the LM ELN, apart from being employed in the specific Electronics areas, appear also in innumerable other essential sectors, from large industries to medium and small enterprises, such as in mechatronics, mechanic, avionics, clinics, logistics, large-scale distribution, etc. In all of these fields, the Electronics Engineer is called upon to develop advanced technologies in which the electronic equipment acquire ever greater importance not only in the production and manufacturing processes, but also in giving added value, smartness, and programmability to the final product. To this regard, see for example the "Report on Engineers in Italy", available on www.centrostudicni.it.
Naturally, LM ELN graduates also find employment opportunities in the same fields the first-level L ELN graduates do, obviously accessing higher hierarchical positions, with greater responsibility and correspondingly higher salary, thanks to the more thorough and wider-range background and skills.
By virtue of both the solid training acquired during the LM ELN study programme, the renowned POLIMI teaching and research-quality reputation, and also the particular geographical location of Milan, the graduates in Electronics Engineering at POLIMI are readily employed by the job market, in the desired area, with the requested tasks and the expected salary, typically within a month from the master's graduation. There is definitely no risk of not finding a job or finding either an undesirable position or second-best job.
In the Italian context, the Lombardy area has no competitor in terms of concentration, number, quality, and importance of companies in Electronics fields and high-tech sectors. The quality of the preparation acquired at POLIMI also allows graduates in Electronics Engineering to assert their skills also in the international arena, where the reputation of POLIMI's Electronics graduates is widely renowned and consolidated.
Data on the employment rate of Electronics Engineers can be found on the POLIMI website, in the Career Service section. For example, the total employment percentage, very close to 100%, of the LM ELN graduates is confirmed in http://cm.careerservice.polimi.it/en/employment-statistics/.
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
5.3 Qualification profile
Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) degree
Roles in a work context:
The professional figure of the second-level Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN), i.e. the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.), is characterized by solid know-how on engineering basics and by specific competences on electron devices, components, electronic circuits and systems for the acquisition, conditioning, and processing of analog, digital, multimodal signals, for the control, transduction and implementation of actions, for the communication, processing, sharing of data through information systems and networks, and for the non-invasive interaction between people and machines.
The acquired skills enable the graduate to access the job market with a solid methodological, analytical and design expertise, to operate with competence and professionalism in many areas where advanced electronics and complex systems must be deployed.
The Electronics Engineer is a key professional figure in any industrial field, both because he is responsible for conceiving and developing the operation of electrical / optoelectronic / micro-electromechanical / bio sensors, apparatuses and systems, and because he intervenes with his creativity and know-how to spread this scientific and technological innovations to the fields of its competence and to neighbouring applications.
The Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering allows access - upon passing am Italian “Esame di Stato” (national test) - to “Sezione A” (section A) of ”Albo degli Ingegneri - settore dell'Informazione” (National register of professional Engineers - Information area"), with the title of “Ingegnere dell'Informazione" (Information Engineer).
Skills associated with the role:
The second-level Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) is equivalent to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.) and provides multiple specific expertise and skills, including the following:
- to design and employ electronic devices and components and to develop and manufacture electronic circuits and systems;
- to identify and implement the best simulation and design methods, the best suited electronic technologies for innovative applications in the fields of information technology, communications, automation, smart sensing, instrumentation, and all related fields;
- to use electron devices, sensors and actuators for ubiquitous and wearable Cyber-Physical-Systems (CBS) systems;
- to select the best electronic components and subsystems to employ, based on cost-performance trade-offs;
- to miniaturize embedded systems with sensors, microprocessors, power actuators, power supplies, transceivers, and human-machine interfaces in System-on-Chip (SoC), System-in-Package (SiP) and Lab-on-Chip (LoC) assembly;
- to configure programmable electronic devices, such as microcontrollers, microprocessors, FPGAs, DSPs, then to program and emulate them and to validate their compliance with specifications;
- to use laboratory equipment and development and testing systems with expertise;
- to define the functionality of a system, defining performance, constraints, global costs and environmental impact, through block modelling and system simulations;
- to check and employ instrumentation for electronic measurements, carrying out an analysis of compliance with specifications and data-sheets;
- to manage the development, assembly, installation, and validation of a complete electronic system;
- to implement and monitor process and product quality controls on electronic components and systems;
- to assess reliability, maintenance, performance, energy consumption, and overall functionalities among different available electronic technologies;
- to provide assistance and maintenance for electronic equipment and systems, with regards to manufacturing technology, components characteristics, instrumentation measurements, and software configurations;
- to collaborate at the design, prototyping and production of mixed-systems or industrial installations and machineries, such as mechanical apparatus, aerospace products, and energy / electrical / nuclear / transport / infrastructures, etc .;
- to design, produce and integrate in the application electronic sensors for medical, bioscience and nano-biotechnology fields (e.g. imaging diagnostics, genetic diagnostics, molecular medicine, nuclear medicine, etc.);
- to transfer innovation to novel markets, through advanced technologies;
- to lead highly complex scientific experiments, solving engineering problems, often requiring an interdisciplinary approach.
The employment opportunities of two-year graduates in the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (i.e. the LM ELN) are extremely broad-spectrum and diversified. Example of opportunities are in the design and production of electronic, optoelectronic, biomedical equipment and industrial controls; in the manufacturing industry of semiconductor components and integrated circuits; in companies that develop electromechanical and avionics products, devices and systems, composed entirely or partly of electronic components and circuitry; in service companies and public administration that apply electronic and information technologies for the acquisition, processing, transmission of signals and data in civil, industrial, and military fields.
In fact, it is by now well established that advanced electronic technologies are the those that provide the enabling and key factors to many final products, which become smart, wearable, interconnected and autonomous thanks to the whole electronics embedded into them. It is the embedded (electronic, of course) system that makes the human being interact with both the physical / real world and the virtual / artificial realities, and that make all of us interconnected to the data network (web and cloud).
Numerous statistics and surveys confirm that the diversified Electronics Engineer's professional profiles are appealing in many areas, even in other technological and manufacturing sectors (e.g. mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, energy, etc.). The reason being the robust and up-to-date preparation provided during the second-level Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering and the consolidated and well-renowned quality of teaching and scientific research in Electronics at POLIMI. Precisely for this reason, despite the fact that the label "Electronics" is not echoing and visionary, the industries and the labour market continue to require, and often prefer, students, undergraduates, and graduates in such a solid and mature Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering.
Some sector studies are available in "Report on Engineers in Italy", available at www.centrostudicni.it.
In conclusion, the second-level graduates in Electronics Engineering at POLIMI have no difficulty in finding rewarding jobs, thanks to the quality of their training, to the fame of POLIMI and to the lucky geographical location of POLIMI. The quality of preparation is also demonstrated by the successful career many graduates have achieved also in the international arena, in leading companies and worldwide renowned research centres, thanks to their skills and the attendance to the LM ELN at POLIMI.
6.1 Access requirements
First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification
In general, to be admitted to a Master Programme (Laurea Magistrale, LM) it is necessary to have acquired a three-year Bachelor's Degree (Laurea, L) or other academic qualification obtained abroad, recognized as suitable, such as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.).
Admission to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering, LM ELN) is subject to an evaluation process, in order to verify the suitability of the candidate. This process, in accordance with the existing regulations (Ministerial Decree 22/10/2004 n. 270 art. 6 paragraph 2 and Ministerial Decree dated 16/3/2007, art.6 paragraph 1), requires to simultaneously pass two criteria, namely: curricular requirements (see 6.1.1); and eligibility criteria, i.e. background adequacy (see 6.1.2).
The admission to the LM ELN study programme will be resolved in unquestionable form by an Admission Committee established for this purpose by the “Consiglio di Corso di Studio” (CCS), i.e. the Degree Programme Council, which will be based on the analysis of the candidate's academic career. For the purposes of admission, the Committee may take into consideration actual elements of exceptionality, proven by adequate documentation, which can justify non-compliance with the criteria indicated below and which demonstrate adequate preparation; this documentation must be attached to the admission request.
Application of candidates who have not yet completed their Bachelor program is allowed upon the condition that they obtain the Bachelor’s degree before the beginning of the desired Master program.
Based on the applicants’ previous knowledge and qualifications, the Admissions Committee may grant the student unconditional admission (i.e. without any additional requirements) or admission with the additional requirement to acquire a maximum of 30 credits from the Laurea (L) Bachelor program. In fact, 30 credits amount to a workload of approximately a full semester. Additional requirements must be fulfilled prior to the enrolment in the Master program.
As regards the prerequisite of knowledge of the English language, see Paragraph 7.4.
6.1.1 Curricular requirements
Student graduated at the “Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica” (B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering) at the Politecnico di Milano:
Normally, access is not subject to restrictions, except in the specific case of a student who has selected the internship. In order to gain access to the LM ELN, the student who carried out an internship at the Laurea (L ELN) must first complete his / her training by acquiring, through individual courses, the curricular additions specified by the Admission Committee, for a total of up to 15 CFUs (university credits).
Student graduated in "Ingegneria Informatica", "Ingegneria dell'Automazione", "Ingegneria Elettrica", "Ingegneria Biomedica", "Ingegneria Fisica" ed "Ingegneria Matematica" (B.S. degrees) at the Politecnico di Milano:
Normally, access is not subject to restrictions, except in the specific case of a student who has selected the internship. In order to gain access to the LM ELN, the student who carried out the internship at the Laurea must first complete his / her training by acquiring, through individual courses, the curricular additions specified by the Committee, for up to 15 CFUs.
It is also strongly advised to include in the Study Plan of the first-level Laurea degree the core-course "Dispositivi Elettronici" (“Electron Devices", 5 CFU) and possibly “Elettronica Analogica” ("Analog Electronics", 10 CFU), to acquire the necessary solid background on electronic circuits and devices.
Student graduated in other Study Programmes at the Politecnico di Milano or in another University:
The Admissions Committee will evaluate the student’s curriculum, considering the career as a whole, and will evaluate the content of each single course as well as any comment provided by the candidate in the pre-registration form. In those special cases that require further investigation, the Committee calls the applicant for an interview, aimed at investigating the reasons behind his / her choice.
If the evaluation of the candidate’s résumé leads to an admission with additional requirements, the candidate will have to acquire specific credits through individual courses, prior to the admission to the Laurea Magistrale, i.e. the Master of Science.
6.1.2 Eligibility criteria
Student graduated at the “Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica” (B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering) at the Politecnico di Milano:
Candidates are admitted to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering if and only if they graduated at the Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica (L ELN) with a weighted average grade* equal to or higher than 23,00/30.
* The average referred to is that provided by the Offices. It is the average of only the actual courses (i.e. excluding those as extra), weighted according to the number of credits.
Student graduated in other Study Programmes at the Politecnico di Milano or in another University:
Candidates are admitted to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering if and only if they graduated with a weighted average grade* equal to or higher than 24,00/30. The Admissions Committee evaluates the curriculum and the career of the candidate, the programs of the exams and any notes introduced by the candidate in the pre-registration form. In few cases, the Committee might organize an interview with the applicant aimed to investigate the reasons of its choice. As a result, both the admission judgment and possible curricula supplements (individual courses to complete preparation prior to admission to the Laurea Magistrale) will be given.
* The average referred to is that provided by the Offices. It is the average of only the actual courses (i.e. excluding those as extra), weighted according to the number of credits.
6.1.3 Constraints (obligations and prohibitions)
As already indicated above, admission to the Master's Program in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) can be deliberated by assigning educational constraints in curricular choices, i.e. by assigning obligations or prohibitions to enrol to individual courses. Any restrictions imposed will be communicated simultaneously with the positive admission judgment and before enrolment, to provide the student with the information necessary for the proper preparation of the Study Plan.
6.2 Requested knowledge
For admission to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (Laurea Magistrale, LM ELN) it is necessary to have acquired a solid background in the basic engineering disciplines, i.e. Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and a good knowledge of the core ones, specifically characterizing Electronics, such as electronic devices and systems, automation, computer science, and telecommunications. The Study Plan of the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (Laurea, L ELN) at the Politecnico di Milano is considered as a reference.
If the Admissions Committee detects the presence of gaps in the student’s previous career, the Committee will assign to the candidate appropriate curricular additions, which must necessarily be achieved before proceeding to the actual enrolment to the Master's Programme.
The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
At the Politecnico di Milano, it is possible to access the Master's Programme (Laurea Magistrale, LM) both at the first semester (which takes place from mid-September to mid-December) and at the second semester (from the beginning of March to mid-June).
To help the student in planning his career and the logistics, the University provides four distinct periods to request the evaluation. Specifically, there are two “windows” for each semester: the first one is 5-6 months before enrolment, whereas the second one is closer to the beginning of lessons. For each of the two “windows”, the eligibility criteria defined in Section 6.1 apply. The positive evaluation of the application is valid only for the semester it was applied for.
The career assessment application must be submitted within the deadlines published on www.poliorientami.polimi.it/. Further information can be found in the Registration Guide: https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4892.
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The tutoring system was introduced with the Law no. 341 of 1990 (University Academic Systems Reform) aimed at “guiding and assisting students throughout their studies and encouraging them to actively participate in their education, removing obstacles preventing them from successfully attending courses, even through initiatives based on the needs and attitudes of the individuals” (Section 13).
The School of Industrial and Information Engineering offers a series of activities aimed at making university students more efficient and productive, with the assistance of both professors and tutors, the latter being selected by way of notice of call for tenders published by the University every year.
All relevant information on tutoring activities is available at: www.ingindinf.polimi.it/studenti/tutorato/.
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
The Laurea Magistrale, i.e. the Master of Science, in Electronics Engineering consists of a total of 120 credits according to the following specifications:
at least 55 credits in core courses (electronics, electromagnetic fields, electrical and electronic measurements, etc.);
at least 15 credits in side courses (automation, electrical circuits, information processing systems, etc.);
10 credits in electives;
20 credits for the Master Thesis; one credit out of 20 is specifically meant for the acquisition of additional language skills.
7.2 Mode of study
The course is full-time; it includes attendance to lectures, exercise classes and laboratory activities, as well as personal study.
The entire course is taught in English, with only a few electives taught in Italian.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
1 Year courses - Track: PSS - ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING
The Study Plan of the LM ELN provides a single course programme, with courses taught mostly in English and possibly with some courses taught in Italian. The organizational structure of the Study Plan was deliberately kept extremely straightforward, to favour and clarify the possible choices among electives and to offer maximum freedom in the customization of a personalized Study Plan, open to the interests and attitudes of each student, but culturally very solid and automatically approved.
In the first year of the LM ELN there are some courses considered fundamental for the preparation of every electronic student and designed to deepen the fundamentals for designing circuits and electronic systems and for processing electronic signals: these are "Analog Circuit Design", "Electronic Systems” and “Signal Recovery”. Moreover, already from the first semester, some electives can be selected in order to let the student choose specific desired professional skills. This structure makes it possible to reach an extremely thorough final preparation in different areas of advanced scientific and technological development of modern electronics.
As an example, here are some paths that the student could compose in order to reach some specific expertise. The examples shown are far from being exhaustive of the possibilities offered by the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering, but they help to show how the outline of the Study Plan lends itself to valid paths from the point of view of electronic design, although extremely diversified in the final applications.
Advanced Electronic Systems Design - The student who has interests in electronics design, both analog, digital, mixed-signal, and radio-frequency, and a strong attitude towards technological innovation and the application of electronics in diverse industrial fields, finds a specific offer in exams like “Mems and Microsensors”, “RF Circuit design”, “Digital Electronic System Design”, “Power Electronics”, “Sensor Systems”, “Advanced Optics and Lasers”, “Electronics and Electroacustics for Sound Engineers” and others, all selectable in the Study Plan. Electronic systems are in fact increasingly present and important in many different industrial and technological fields, such as transport, avionics, biomedical, telecommunications, industrial automation, robotics, etc.. In these and other research and development fields, where advanced technologies are being developed, electronic devices and circuits are becoming increasingly important in their production processes and innovative in giving added value to the final product. The curriculum develops the design methodologies for microelectronic sensors and micro-electro-mechanical systems (e.g. integrated accelerometers and miniaturized digital gyroscopes) and toward the related architectures and technologies, providing the necessary knowledge of control theory, communication and computer science, to operate as a leader in these contexts and be able to hold positions of great responsibility in both technical and organizational sectors.
Design of microelectronic devices, photonic components, biochips and nanotechnologies - The student interested in the design of electronic devices for digital and analog electronics, of optoelectronic devices or of sensors, can find a specific offer, for example, in the core-courses “Electron Devices”, “Mems and Microsensors”, “Microelectronic Technologies”, “Semiconductor Radiation Detectors”, “Biochip”, “Photonic Devices”, “Quantum Optics and Information” and “Numerical Methods in Microelectronics”. The miniaturization of today's integrated technologies and the development of new enabling technologies are the engines of modern electronics, the main drivers of performance boost and ubiquity of components and electronic systems in daily life. To be able to operate successfully in this area an electrical engineer must have strong skills in fundamental physics and principles of operation of the most important electronic devices, integrated micro- and nano-electronic technologies and possible future innovative lines of modern electronics. The curriculum in Electronics Engineering trains all these skills and allows the student to perform an appropriate selection within the offered courses, in order to complete a high-level training in electronic devices and integrated technologies.
Microelectronic Integrated Circuits Design - Students interested in the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chips of increasing complexity find a dedicated offer, for example, in courses like “Digital Integrated Circuit Design”, “RF Circuit Design”, “Power Electronics”, “Mixed-Signal Circuit Design”, “Embedded Systems”, “Advanced Circuit Theory” and others. The enormous development of the digital society is, in fact, made possible by the fabrication of integrated circuits on a single silicon chip housing now more than a billion transistors featuring dimensions of few tens of nanometres. This trend opens up continuous new perspectives, such as wireless connection to many Gb/second, massive computing power and large memory systems, but poses very advanced design challenges, for example to design circuits with high performance and very low power consumption and/or operating at frequencies above 100 GHz. The curriculum in Electronics Engineering provides a high-level education that combines in-depth knowledge of physics and technology – at the base of the working principles of the new nanoscale devices – with the ability to design advanced circuit architectures to target those complex applications.
Electronics for Medicine and Biotechnology - The student who has interests in the application of electronic technologies for health, medicine and biotechnology finds a dedicated offer in the courses of “Electronics Design for Biomedical Instrumentation”, “Biochip”, “Semiconductor Radiation Detectors”, “Digital Electronic System Design”, “Bioingegneria Cellulare” and others. All the aforementioned courses can be selected to form the Study Plan. In fact, electronic technologies are now mandatory also in the medical industry. Thanks to electronic technology, it has been possible to develop and make available to a wide swath of the population systems for non-invasive analysis of the human body and intervention techniques unimaginable decades ago, such as computed tomography, PET (positron-emission tomography) or assisted surgery. Miniaturized systems (biochips) and wearable instruments offer the possibility of early identification of pathogens, and electronic devices for the identification of proteins, DNA, and bacteria are on the way to reach the market. The curriculum in Electronics Engineering explores the design criteria and micro-fabrication processes of these new bio-electronic systems and prepares the future graduate to be a leader in this area of science and industry.
In addition to core-courses “characterizing” the Electronics programme, other "complementary" side courses are available, organized in two groups listed in tables TAB1 and TAB2. The core-courses (labelled “B” in the following tables) are those specifically related to Electronics, namely those belonging to the Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD) "ING-INF / 01 - Electronics", but also to "ING-INF / 02 – Electromagnetic fields" and "ING-INF / 07 - Electrical and Electronic Measurements".
The first group TAB1 refers to thematic areas not strictly characterizing Electronics, i.e. to side-courses that are in any case interesting for the Electronics Engineer. They are borrowed from other Study Programmes or are offered in collaboration with them and can therefore be taught in Italian or in English. Due to the sharing of these courses with students of other Study Programmes, for which these courses are compulsory, there may be partial overlaps among the timetables of different lessons. The choice of these electives will be exercised by each student in accordance with interests and skills, anyway by respecting the constraint that at least 15 CFUs of the 120 CFUs in the Laurea Magistrale must be related to side courses.
It should be noted that also the choice of courses offered by other Study Programs and not included in TAB1 is also permitted, as long as these courses are judged consistent with the education programme. It is therefore advisable to contact in advance the Study Programs Delegate of the Study Course Council (CCS), to have a preliminary opinion on the consistency of those possible choices, not listed in the pre-approved Study Plan.
The second group TAB2 provides a selection of courses, among which other 10 credits can be selected. This list also contains the Electronics core-courses, so that the student can eventually pick up a subject that could not be selected in a previous line of the Study Plan. When the 10 credits of electives are selected among the courses listed in TAB2, the Study Plan will be automatically approved.
It is useful to note that there is no binding precedence among courses. The student is left with the good sense of acquiring in time the knowledge deemed indispensable for the effective understanding of advanced subjects.
Innovative Education (D.I.)
To make the teaching more effective and, therefore, to facilitate student comprehension, various Innovative Education (D.I., Didattica Innovativa) activities have been activated in various courses of the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering. Such D.I. actions are divided into two different types, Action 1 and Action 2.
The Action 1 activities are curricular, i.e. they appear in the Study Plan, provide credits, require a final evaluation, and may consist of:
- SOFT SKILL courses with a strong cross-sectional content (social skills, communication skills, self-control and self-esteem, team work, ethics, humanities, etc.);
- innovative teaching and learning approaches, such as BLENDED-LEARNING (flexible teaching, a part carried out in class and another turn online, to give immediate feedback to teachers and students) and FLIPPED-CLASS (the teacher indicates a topic to the student, who studies it at home, then back to the classroom student discuss it in small groups, together with the teacher), in order to make the student more responsible, facilitate collaboration between peers and improve the relationship with the teacher;
- JOINT ACTIVITIES with companies, research institutions, institutions;
- multimedia MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses, www.pok.polimi.it) that student watch and study in total autonomy, then they go back to the classroom to put into practice what they learned.
The Action 2 activities are extra-curricular, i.e. they do not provide credits, but are in any case traceable in the student’s career, since they appear in the "Diploma Supplement" (also known as "Transcript of Records"), delivered together with the Degree to the student. They are aimed at enhancing students’ interests and attitudes, their aggregation and friendly competition. The D.I. of Action 2 may consist of:
- KICK-STARTED WORKSHOPs on tools (such as instrumentation, simulation and modelling CAD software, etc.), but also business games, meetings between young students and entrepreneurs, intellectual property and patentability issues, etc., which provide specific skills;
- PROJECTs to train students to put skills into practice;
- CONTESTs between students and with companies.
As shown in the guidelines for the second-level Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering, seven courses offer a total of 12 credits of D.I. Action 1; these are indicated in the following tables with the symbol "d.i." and the number of corresponding credits out of the total number of credits assigned to the course (e.g. the "2.0 d.i." of the "Biochip" subject at the second year, out of the 5 credits total).
Furthermore, in the next academic years other forms of D.I., both in the form of Action 1 and Action 2 activities, will be activated, to allow students to acquire other "soft skills", in addition to technological and scientific knowledge, aimed at improving both public speaking and interactive presentation of achieved results (e.g. the progress of on-going studies or projects), organizational skills, team building and effective teamwork interactions.
Legend for the "Training Activities" column: “B” are core-course on characterizing Electronics subjects; “C” are side-courses, i.e. not strictly related to Electronics topics. The be more specific, core-courses are those belonging to the specific Scientific Disciplinary Sectors (SSD) "ING-INF / 01 - ELECTRONICS" and also "ING-INF / 02 – Electromagnetic Fields" and "ING-INF / 07 - Electrical Measurements and Electronics".
The 10 credits "ANALOG CIRCUIT DESIGN" core-course provides also 1 credit of Innovative Education (D.I. indicated with "1.0 d.i." in the tables) consisting of lessons delivered with active teaching methods in which the students are asked to answer interactively to questions posed in classroom and at the end of the lessons and by contents addressed in flipped-class mode.
The 5 credits "DIGITAL ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN" core-course provides 3 credits of D.I. consisting of flipped-class activities with hands-on practice on developmental electronic boards employing configurable electronic FPGA (field-programmable gate-array) devices and on CAD software tools for the synthesis and simulation of programmable digital electronic systems.
The 5 credit "MICROELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES" core-course provides 1 credit of D.I. consisting of a multimedia MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on some microelectronic manufacturing processing for integrated circuits and of guided tours in laboratories and production rooms of a microelectronic industry.
2 Year courses - Track: PSS - ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING
The 5 credit "BIOCHIP" course provides 2 credits of D.I., consisting of a multimedia MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on microelectronic methodologies for manufacturing electronic devices and biochips, and of some activities where students must design a biochip at the POLI-FAB clean-rooms and laboratories.
Courses of the Group TAB1
In TAB1 there are 5 and 10 credit electives taught in Italian that students can select.
Courses of the Group TAB2
In TAB2 there are several 5 and 10 credit courses, which are either strictly Electronics core-courses (labelled with “B”) or side-courses in other areas (“C”).
Note the presence of two newly activated courses in the Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD) "ING-INF / 01 - ELECTRONICS", namely the 10 credit "Electronics and Electroacustics for Sound Engineering" and the 5 credit "Sensor Systems" (with 3 credits provided as D.I.).
7.3.1 Individualized Study Plan
A Study Plan where courses are selected among those listed in the previous tables and in the proper lines is a Pre-Approved Study Plan (PSPA), which is automatically approved by the system. The single PSPA available at the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering is labelled as "PSS - ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING".
The student may also autonomously fill in a different Study Plan, which will become an Individual Study Plan, provided that he / she chooses courses among those actually activated and in compliance with the number of required credits, as specified in Paragraph 7.1. Such Individual Study Plan is subject to approval by the Study Plans Delegate of the Consiglio di Corso di Studi (Degree Programme Council) in Electronics Engineering, based on its consistency with the Educational Rules and with the specific objectives of the LM ELN. Please note that, since the processing for examining and approving the Individual Study Plan requires some time, students who intend to present an Individual Study Plan are advised to contact the Study Plans Delegate in time: see www.ingindinf.polimi.it/servizi/trasferimenti.php?id_nav=10892.
Finally, note that even if the Individual Study Plan is approved, it will not be possible to guarantee the complete usability of all selected courses, as their timetables could partially or even totally overlap. For this reason, in order to prevent the student from putting himself in the position of not being able to attend a sufficient number of hours of teaching in the classrooms, each Individual Study Plan will be evaluated and accepted only in presence of strong motivations of the requesting student. Of course, a Study Plan that became de facto not compliant with the Pre-Approved Study Plan as a result of constraints set by the Admission Committee at the time of admission to the Laurea Magistrale will be accepted.
7.3.2 Honours Programme
The Honours Programme (HP) in "Scientific Research in Information Technology" is an extracurricular programme of excellence, aimed at offering to few selected students of the Master of Science (i.e. the Laurea Magistrale) in Electronics Engineering the opportunity to become familiar with high-level scientific research in the field of Information Technology.
The HP allows selected students to joint a POLIMI research group working in Electronics, with the aim of developing original research, which could lead the student to co-author a scientific publication. The HP combines the research activity in a POLIMI laboratory in collaboration with professors, researchers and PhD students of the research group, with lectures and seminars especially conceived for this programme of excellence.
The Honours Program can be attended by students regularly enrolled in the second year of the Master of Science (Laurea Magistrale) in Electronics Engineering and with at least 50 credits regularly registered in their career and with a weighted average higher than or equal to 28.5 / 30. In the last academic year, there were 5 available positions for the students in Electronics Engineering.
The Honours Program title will be officially reported in the student's "Diploma Supplement” (also known as “Transcript of Records"), together with a brief description of the research activity carried out.
7.4 Foreign language
A prerequisite for admission to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (Laurea Magistrale) is a good knowledge of a foreign language. Considering the kind of courses provided by the University, this language is English. The level of knowledge of the English language must be certified at the time of application for the admission, through the achievement of a minimum score in a test. This level is given by the University and is made public on the POLIMI website. Candidates for admission are therefore advised to read carefully the document "Guide to the English language", available on www.polimi.it/studenti/guide/.
7.5 Degree examination
The final examination of the Master's Programme in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN) is an oral defense of the thesis, which is open to the public. The candidate defends the thesis by demonstrating to the Thesis Committee to satisfactory master all aspects of the work presented. 20 credits are assigned to the thesis preparation work, including 1 credit specifically dedicated to the acquisition of additional English skills. The Master's Degree Thesis can be written either in Italian or in English, but it must include an extended summary in the other language.
All information concerning general rules, regulations, session calendars, registration, and thesis submission are available at
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
8. Academic calendar
See the link shown below.
The names of professors for each course of the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the Politecnico di Milano website.
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
Students of the Laurea Magistrale (i.e. the Master of Science) in Electronics Engineering have access to all the POLIMI facilities, such as computerized classrooms, libraries, study rooms, canteens and sports facilities. Several courses involve laboratory activities (either computer classes or experimental laboratories or design activities) that will be carried out in specific equipped classrooms or in experimental laboratories of DEIB (Dept. of Electronics, Computer Science and Bioengineering). The laboratories aim to integrate the knowledge acquired in the courses and to allow the student to apply them in solving specific electronic problems.
At the time of the Master's thesis, students will have access to the laboratories of the research group they select and will be able to work alongside all the staff, professors, researchers, post-docs and Ph.D. students, using the electronic instrumentation and software and hardware tools available, under the guidance of own tutor.
11. International context
Politecnico di Milano carries out extensive research in the fields of electron devices, microelectronic sensors and biochips, integrated circuits, electronic equipment, instrumentation, imaging detectors, for biomedical, industrial and scientific applications. This research takes advantage of a dense network of relationships, collaborations, and alliances with other Italian and foreign universities, with public and private research centres. The quality and impact of the research in Electronics at POLIMI find confirmation in the continuous increase in scientific publications and growth of relations with the international scientific community. Evidence of this is the large number of research projects and programmes recently undertaken in the Electronic sector with the best universities in Europe and other countries, from North America to Southeast Asia.
In 2019, the Politecnico di Milano achieved the 23rd ranking among the Universities worldwide, the 8th in Europe and the 1st in Italy in the QS Ranking, Engineering and Technology category. Furthermore, the Politecnico di Milano is among the top 10 European Universities for the areas "Computer Science", "Electrical & Electronics Engineering", "Mechanical Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering", all having strong links with the Degree Programme in Electronics Engineering.
Students of the Electronics Engineering Study Programme can access the international study programs proposed by POLIMI, based on agreements with numerous partner institutions. Students selected for a specific programme can therefore enrich their curriculum by spending a period abroad and by acquiring credits recognized by POLIMI.
POLIMI offers diversified opportunities, such as:
- a period of study abroad in Europe within the "Erasmus" programme;
- a period of study in specific extra-EU programmes;
- a "Double Degree" programme, which aims at achieving a double Master's Degree in a period of 3 years, 2 of which are spent at the foreign partner institution;
- an internship in a foreign university or foreign company;
- carrying out the thesis abroad.
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
13. Quantitative data
The university Teaching Observatory and the university Evaluation Unit, also supported by the School Education Observatories, periodically check the overall outcomes and the qualitative levels of the educational activities of the Study Programmes, by monitoring the training activities and the inclusion of the graduate into the employment market.
Reports and studies are available on the Politecnico di Milano website.
14. Further information
For any further information, please visit the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering (www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/).
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