Academic Year 2022/23
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 Leonardo
| Address ||VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
The Electronics Engineering Study Programme prepares the student to conceive, design, innovate and deploy electron devices, circuits, apparata and complex electronic systems and to integrate them into highly multidisciplinary fields, 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 LM ELN aims at training and completing professional Electronics Engineers with a broad and robust scientific, technological and engineering know-how, by acquiring the capability of combining the physical-chemical-mathematical aspects of the most advanced applied sciences with the technological needs of advanced engineering applications.
Electronics is everywhere around us and it is the irreplaceable and enabling pillar of all current and future technologies of the Information, Communication, Control, Automation, Energy, Mobility and Avionics scenarios. Scientific researches and market developments in electronic technologies are continuous, incessant, and increasingly stimulated by the most diversified and demanding applications. For example, ever-faster microprocessors, with extremely low power consumption, but higher and higher computing power, and increasingly dense memories, with no defects and long endurance, negligible access time, are the essential electronic constituents of any computer and processing system; without such electronic components, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Cloud would remain only science-fiction. The ultra-sensitive and miniaturized semiconductor sensors, which continually dialogue with each other and with the real world, in the most refined robotic systems and in distributed, non-invasive, ubiquitous networks, are fundamental to acquire actual 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 the most advanced electronic systems for automation and control, communications, biomedical instrumentation, avionics, mechatronics, and so on, have become so fundamental that their existence and performance are taken for granted; instead, with no electronics there would be no modern world. Thanks to the excellence of Electronics Engineers, the design and innovation of electronic devices, electronic circuits, electronic equipment and systems provide the fundamental building blocks for all areas of modern life, with every "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, autonomous driving, fleet, manufacturing, industry 4.0, etc.) features, so ubiquitous in everyday life.
The Master of Science’s Electronics Engineer is the master 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, which his/her electronic systems will interact with, to understand, describe, foresee, and verify the interactions with the other mechanical, electrical, energetic, information and communication, biological, clinical, physical, chemical, etc. equipment. It is a refined and multifaceted professional figure, not closed into her/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. 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 Humans, on their quality of life, and on non-invasive interaction with the surrounding world. Electronics Engineers 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 fields by making innovation and the deployment of sophisticated equipment the leverage of its business.
More information is available on the website of the Study Programme in Electronics Engineering: https://www.elettronica.polimi.it/.
3. Learning objectives
The Laurea Magistrale Study Programme in Electronics Engineering is delivered in English, so to push the student to the forefront of international high-level Research & Development (R&D). 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 (B.Sc.).
The M.S.E.E. trains engineers to access high-tech scientific and industrial fields in most areas, from nanometric devices and optoelectronic components, both classical and quantum ones, to sub-micrometric integrated circuits, from local- and wide-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 M.S.E.E. aims to train engineers capable of: a solid scientific and technological background on the fields related to electronic technologies; understand and contribute to technological evolution, extending the design of innovative electronic systems in multidisciplinary contexts and in highly competitive fields; master valid methodological tools for dealing with complex scientific and industrial problems, having acquired an awareness in the "design culture" in scientific, technological and applicative fields, for enabling innovation in other sectors; effectively working and communicating in professional environments.
The highly interdisciplinary nature of Electronics imposes to master specialized scientific and technical understanding of subjects during the entire two-year LM ELN. Eventually, the studies can continue with the Ph.D. (Philosophie Doctorate), an optional, post-graduate, three year research doctorate programme, aimed at acquiring a further know-how in sophisticated fields of scientific research and industrial development.
The consolidated expertise acquired in the provision of the M.S.E.E. Degree at POLIMI has made it possible to optimize the teaching methods and to refine the learning assessments. These methodologies contribute to provide a training that is not limited just to scientific and technical knowledge, though fundamental and inalienable, but is also aimed at consolidating the student’s cognitive abilities, such as comprehension during face-to-face teaching in the classroom and also studying at home, so to strengthen the effectiveness of both independent study and also group and laboratory activities. During the M.S.E.E. the student will acquire the know-how 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 M.S.E.E. the student will improve the capacity for simplification, decomposition, modelling and solving of complex problems. In addition, she/he 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.Sc.);
- 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 the entry into both the labour market 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 extremely complex projects. The LM ELN provides the student with the tools for integrated digital, analog, radiofrequency and power 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 deployment of innovative electronic instrumentation for telecommunications, medicine, nanotechnologies, biology, and for the implementation of sophisticated systems for automation, mechatronics, 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 key enabling 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 the 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 or in collaboration with Industries or with other universities and research centres in Italy and abroad. 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.).
The LM ELN courses are taught mainly in English and only a few subjects can be chosen in Italian. 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: therefore, the courses of each semester can be attended either in the natural order (1st semester and then 2nd semester) or in the reverse one (2nd semester and then 1st semester).
The teaching load is computed in university credits (CFU): 1 CFU is equivalent to 25 hours of student work and corresponds to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). In the LM ELN most courses are 5 or 10 ECTS; students must attend and pass 30 ECTS per semester (for example three courses of 10 ECTS each) and 60 ECTS per year. As an example, a 10 CFU course usually consists of about 100 hours of class lectures (8 hours per week in a classroom, among lessons, exercises and lab activities, for about 13 weeks), followed by individual and/or group study at home to get prepared for the exam, for a total of about 250 hours commitment per student (between classroom and home study). Therefore, each academic year consists of a workload for the student of approximately 1500 hours in total, equal to 60 ECTS (ECTS).
More information is available on the website of the Study Programme in Electronics Engineering: https://www.elettronica.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).
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/.
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 apparata, 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”).
Like all Master's Degrees in Italy, the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (code “LM_29”) allows access to different Classes of competition for teaching in Highschool, once further obligations have been fulfilled. Visit the site: https://www.miur.gov.it/diventare-docente-nella-scuola. The site https://www.miur.gov.it/titoli-di-accesso contains all technical details and references to the various regulations. In the drop-down menu on the right-hand side, you can find details related to qualification, recruitment and rankings.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
The Master of Science in Electronics Engineering, i.e. the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering, aims to train high-profile professionals who, thanks to a robust and diversified scientific and technological know-how, are able to hold roles of great responsibility, in a great variety of occupational contexts in high-tech fields. Among the main professional positions, we can mention:
- consumer electronic application industries (audio, video, infotainment, smartphones, computers, etc.);
- industries of semiconductors, integrated circuits, micro and nanoelectronics;
- 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;
- instrumentation industries for analytical and biomedical applications and for research and development 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/international, public/private, scientific/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 Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud computing, mechatronics, mechanic, avionics, clinics, logistics, large-scale distribution, etc. In all those fields, the Electronics Engineer is called upon to develop advanced technologies in which the electronic equipment acquire 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.
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 quickly find employment in the job market, in the desired area, with the requested tasks and the desired 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 availability, density, 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/.
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, 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, and mixed-signals, for the control, transduction and actuation of actions, for the communication, processing, sharing of data through information systems and networks, and for the non-invasive human-machine interaction.
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, apparata and systems, and because s/he intervenes with her/his creativity and know-how to spread these scientific and technological innovations to the fields of its competence and to neighbouring applications.
Skills associated with the role:
The second-level Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering is equivalent to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (M.S.E.E.) and provides multiple specific expertise and skills, such as:
- to design and employ electronic devices and components and to develop and manufacture electronic circuits and systems;
- to identify simulate, design and implement 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 implement in hardware Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning algorithms into embedded systems;
- to use laboratory equipment and testing environments with expertise;
- to define the functionality of a system, defining performance, constraints, global costs and environmental impact, through block modelling and system simulation;
- 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 graduates in the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering 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.
As a matter of fact, it is by now well established that advanced electronic technologies are those providing the key enabling building blocks 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 allow the human being to interact with both the physical / real world and the virtual / artificial / augmented realities, and that make all of us interconnected to the 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 M.S.E.E. 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 proved by the successful careers many graduates achieved also across the international arena, in leading companies and worldwide renowned research centres, thanks to their skills and the attendance at POLIMI.
More information is available on the website of the Study Programme in Electronics Engineering: https://www.elettronica.polimi.it/.
6.1 Access requirements
First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification
In order 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.Sc.). Admission can also take place “under condition”, thus allowing to obtain the first level Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent title after the deadline for enrolment. For more details, please consult the web page https://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/.
The 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. 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), this process requires to simultaneously pass two criteria, namely: curricular requirements (see 6.1.1); and eligibility criteria, i.e. background adequacy (see 6.1.2).
However, first-level graduates from any degree program of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering of POLIMI (see https://www.polimi.it/?id=6499&scuola=225) are allowed admission to the Master of Science in Electronic Engineering with no curricular supplements provided they achieved an average* greater than or equal to 28/30. Therefore, those students do not need to satisfy the curricular requirements and eligibility criteria described in paragraphs 6.1.1 and 6.1.2. In all other cases, the admission to the LM ELN study programme will be resolved in unquestionable form by an Admission Committee, 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 “under condition”, i.e. upon the condition that they obtain the Bachelor’s degree.
Based on the applicants’ previous curriculum and qualifications, the Admissions Committee may grant the student unconditional admission (i.e., with no additional requirements) or admission with additional requirements (“curricular supplements” and/or “training obligations” and/or “prohibitions”). More specifically, “curricular supplements” are subjects (and therefore additional ECTSs) that the student must pass in order to be admitted (and therefore be enrolled) to the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering (LM ELN). At the most, the student will be asked to acquire a maximum of 30 credits from subjects of Laurea (Bachelor) programs; as a matter of fact, 30 credits amount to a workload of approximately a full semester. Again, these curricular supplement additional requirements must be fulfilled prior to the enrolment in the M.S.E.E. program. On the other hand, the "training obligations" are subjects that the student is forced to choose in the Study Plan, instead of being free to select others of their choice; hence, they are not additional ECTSs, instead they are within the total 120 ECTS necessary to achieve the LM ELN Degree. Finally, the "prohibitions" are subjects that the student cannot include in the Study Plan, which instead must be replaced with others in order to reach the total 120 ECTS required to graduate to the LM ELN Degree.
Concerning the prerequisite of English language knowledge, see Paragraph 7.4.
6.1.1 Curricular requirements
Student graduated at the “Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica” (B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering) at POLIMI:
Normally, access is not subject to restrictions, except in the specific case of a student who has selected an “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 supplements specified by the Admission Committee, for a total of up to 15 ECTS.
Student graduated in "Ingegneria Informatica", "Ingegneria dell'Automazione", "Ingegneria Elettrica", "Ingegneria Biomedica", "Ingegneria Fisica" ed "Ingegneria Matematica" (B.Sc. degrees) at POLIMI:
Normally, access is not subject to restrictions, except in the specific case of a student who has selected an “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 supplements specified by the Committee, for up to 15 ECTS. 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 POLIMI 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 curricular supplements through individual courses, prior to the admission to the LM ELN.
6.1.2 Eligibility criteria
Student graduated at the “Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica” (B.Sc. 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 22.0/30.
* 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 POLIMI 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 23.0/30. The Admissions Committee evaluates the curriculum and the career of the candidate, the syllabus 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.
6.2 Requested knowledge
For admission to the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (Laurea Magistrale) 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 circuits, and fundamentals of automation, computer science, and telecommunications), based on the typical Study Plan of the L ELN at POLIMI. If the Admissions Committee detects the presence of gaps in the student’s previous career, the Committee will assign to the candidate appropriate “curricular supplements”, which must necessarily be achieved before actually enrolling to the LM ELN Master's Programme, or will assign “training obligations” or “prohibitions”, which will be communicated simultaneously with the positive admission statement.
For more details, consult the web page: https://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/.
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
At POLIMI, it is possible to access the Master's Programmes (Lauree Magistrali, 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 plan her/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 in: https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4892.
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The tutoring support aims 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. The School of “Industrial and Information Engineering”, which the M.S.E.E. belongs to, offers a set of activities aimed at making university students more efficient and productive, with the assistance of both professors, Ph.D. tutors and peer-to-peer tutors (the latter being selected through a Call for Tenders published by the University every year).
For all relevant information on tutoring, consult the web page: www.ingindinf.polimi.it/studenti/tutorato/.
For more details, consult the web page: www.poliorientami.polimi.it/.
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:
- recommended 75 ECTS credits in "core courses" (electronics, electromagnetic fields, electrical and electronic measurements, etc.), labelled with "B" in the following tables;
- at least 15 ECTS credits in "side courses" (automation, electrical circuits, information processing systems, etc.), labelled with "C" in the following tables;
- 10 ECTS credits in "electives";
- 20 ECTS credits for the Master Thesis.
The “core courses” consist of various courses of 10 ECTS or 5 ECTS, some proposed as mandatory and others to be chosen between two or three alternatives. The proposed Study Plan containing 75 ECTS in “core courses” is automatically approved. The student may submit an Individual Study Plan with a different distribution between “core courses” and “side courses”, with the mandatory constraints to have at least 55 ECTS in “core courses” and at least 15 ECTS in “side courses” among the available 100 ECTS (note that other 20 ECTS are reserved for the Master Thesis). The Individual Study Plan will be evaluated by the Study Plan Delegate for verifying its consistency with the educational objectives of the LM ELN: students interested in making choices other than 75 ECTS of “core courses” are invited to contact the Study Plan Delegate in advance.
The “side courses” are courses of various kinds, not strictly related to electronics, aimed at very different topics and purposes, but in any case consistent with the educational objectives of the Study Programme in Electronic Engineering of the LM ELN. Those activities aims at the acquisition of knowledge and skills functionally related to the cultural and professional profile identified for the LM ELN. The “side courses” grouped in TAB1 are those that guarantee that the student's Study Plan is automatically approved.
Finally, the student can choose 10 ECTS of "electives" courses, i.e. of free choice, freely among all subjects activated at POLIMI. Note that this choice will be evaluated by the Study Plan Delegate to verify its consistency with the educational objectives of the LM ELN. The courses grouped in TAB1 (side courses) and TAB2 (core courses) are already considered to be coherent a priori, and therefore are automatically approved by the system upon insertion of the Study Plan by the student. Students interested in making choices other than those proposed are invited to contact the Study Plan Delegate in advance.
The M.S.E.E.’s Degree Thesis and the preparation of the Final Exam are given a total of 20 ECTS, one of which is dedicated to deepening knowledge of the English language. Therefore, the courses to be followed and passed in the LM ELN amount to 100 ECTS in the two-year period, equal to about 10-14 courses in total, depending on the choices made by the student (i.e., if courses are 5 or 10 ECTS).
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
Glossary for "Training Activities" column: “B” are core-course on Electronics subjects; “C” are side-courses, i.e. not strictly related to Electronics topics, but providing a wider transversal know-how. 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 Study Programme is organized in six-month terms: some courses are offered in the first semester (indicatively between mid-September and mid-December), others in the second semester (indicatively between the end of February and the beginning of June). The exam sessions are arranged in the period of approximately 6-7 weeks following the end of each semester, in the winter session (between January and February) and in the summer session (between June and July). A third window dedicated to exams, lasting about 3 weeks, is scheduled between the end of August and the beginning of September. The information relating to the dates of the courses, the weeks of stop and the periods dedicated to exams can be found in the Academic Calendar. More specific information relating to the organization of each individual course is instead provided within the detailed program of the course itself. The Academic Calendar and the detailed program of all courses are available on the POLIMI website.
The LM ELN provides courses taught mostly in English and possibly with some elective courses taught in Italian. The Study Plan structure is 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 mandatory courses needed 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, the student can choose among different courses so to pick up the 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. Note that the alternative between two courses does not preclude the possibility of choosing both, if the student wishes so; in fact, just choose one in the row where it is placed as an alternative and then select the other one from TAB2 and insert it in one of the rows of elective choice.
As an example, here are some paths that the student could choose to reach a specific expertise, still very fit to the educational profile for the Electronics Engineer. The examples shown in the followings are far from being exhaustive of the possibilities offered by the LM ELN, 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 the design of both analog, digital, mixed-signal, radio-frequency and power eletronics, and a strong attitude towards technological innovation and the application of electronics in diversified industrial fields, may find specific know-how 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 indeed increasingly present and important in many different industrial and technological fields, such as transport, avionics, biomedical, telecommunications, industrial automation, robotics, etc.. In all these fields where advanced technologies are being developed, electronic devices and circuits are increasingly important since they are the enabling technology. The proposed path 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 so to be able to hold positions of great responsibility in both technical and organizational sectors.
Microelectronic devices, photonic components, biochips and nanotechnologies design - The student interested in the design of electron devices and components, of optoelectronic devices, sensors and imagers, can find a specific offer in the core-courses “Electron Devices”, “Microelectronic Technologies”, “Radiation Detection Systems”, “Biochip”, “Photonic Devices”, “Quantum Optics and Information”, “MEMS and Microsensors” and “Numerical Methods in Microelectronics”. The miniaturization of today's sensor chips and the development of new enabling micro- and nano-technologies are the engines of modern electronics, the main drivers of performance boost and electronics ubiquity in daily life. To be able to operate successfully in this area, an electronic engineer must have strong skills in fundamental physics and principles of operation of the most important electronic devices, integrated micro- and nano-electronic fabrication processing and future innovative 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 in courses such as “Digital Integrated Circuit Design”, “RF Circuit Design”, “Power Electronics”, “Mixed-Signal Circuit Design”, “Embedded Systems”, “Advanced Computer Architectures” and others. As a matter of fact, the enormous development of the digital society is 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 to health, medicine and biotechnology finds a dedicated offer in the courses of “Electronics Design for Biomedical Instrumentation”, “Biochip”, “Radiation Detection Systems”, “Digital Electronic System Design”, “Methods for Biomedical Imaging and Computer-Aided Surgery”, “Bioingegneria Cellulare” and others. Indeed, 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 the non-invasive analysis of the human body and inspection 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 topics, 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 valuable for the inter-disciplinary education of 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 mandatory, 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”. Note that the student can also choose other courses offered by other Study Programmes at POLIMI and not included in the TAB1 group, provided that those courses are deemed consistent with the educational project and are compatible with the Regulations of the LM ELN. It is therefore advisable, in this case, to contact in advance the Study Plan Delegate of the LM ELN, to have a preliminary opinion on the consistency of these possible choices.
The second group (TAB2) provides another selection of courses from which to choose the 10 ECTS free-choice courses that the student must complete. This list contains the “core courses” characterizing Electronics, so that the student can possibly select a course that was put in alternative in a previous choice (i.e., which it was not possible to select in a line of the Study Plan).
Free-choice “elective” courses can obviously also be selected from those present in TAB1. When the 10 ECTS electives are selected from the courses included in the TAB1 or TAB2 group, the Study Plan is automatically approved. Nevertheless, in principle, the student can select 10 ECTS electives from any course offered by POLIMI and included neither in TAB1 nor in TAB2. This choice does not entail automatic approval of the Study Plan, which instead becomes individual. It is therefore advisable, in this case, to contact in advance the Study Plan Delegate, to have a preliminary opinion on the consistency of the desired choices.
It is useful to notice that between one subject and another there are no binding priorities and precedence among courses, but at most just a recommended order. The student's common sense will advice her/him to acquire prior knowledge deemed indispensable for the effective learning of a subsequent advanced teaching.
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 ECTS 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 students-teacher relationship;
- JOINT ACTIVITIES with companies, research institutions, industries;
- multimedia MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses, www.pok.polimi.it) that student watch and study in total autonomy, then they return to the classroom to put into practice what they learned.
The Action 2 activities are extra-curricular, i.e. they do not provide ECTS 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 aims 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 ECTS 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 total 5 ECTS).
|Educational activities (Att Form)|
|C||Similar or integrative activities|
1 Year courses - Track: PSS - ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|052427||B||ING-INF/01||ANALOG CIRCUIT DESIGN||1||10.0|
|056854||B||ING-INF/01||MEMS AND MICROSENSORS||1||10.0|
|095264||B||ING-INF/01||DIGITAL INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN||2||10.0||10.0|
|095274||B||ING-INF/01||RF CIRCUIT DESIGN||2||10.0|
|054083||B||ING-INF/01||DIGITAL ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN||2||5.0|
|--||--||--||Courses to be chosen from Group TAB1||--||--||--||5.0|
The 10 credits "ANALOG CIRCUIT DESIGN" core-course provides also 1 ECTS of Innovative Education (D.I. indicated with "1.0 d.i." in the tables) consisting of lessons delivered with active teaching methods, in which 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 10 credits "MEMS and MICROSYSTEMS" core-course provides also 1 ECTS of D.I. consisting of lessons and exercises in flipped-classroom mode, pre-recorded in high quality and made available in advance to the students, who will discuss in classroom about questions and further insights with the teacher.
The 10 credits "ELECTRON DEVICES" core-course provides also 2 ECTS of D.I., consisting of both theoretical lessons through multimedia content (MOOC) that the student follows and studies autonomously and in the adoption of a flipped-classroom approach during classroom practice, when students are called to solve individually or in small groups the exercises on the topics previously studied, to verify their learning.
The 5 credits “DIGITAL ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN” core-course provides 3 ECTS 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 "BIOCHIP" course provides 2 ECTS 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 (www.polifab.polimi.it).
2 Year courses - Track: PSS - ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING
The 5 credit "MICROELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES" core-course provides 1 ECTS 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.
In TAB1 there are several “side courses” of either 5 or 10 ETCS, which the student can choose to complete his/her cross-training. Among these, some courses are delivered in Italian.
Courses of the Group TAB1
(a) Held every other year with GPUs & Heterogeneous Systems
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 in TAB2 of two application-specific “core courses” in Electronics, namely the 10 credit "Electronics and Electroacustics for Sound Engineering", held simultaneously in both the Milan “Leonardo” and Cremona campuses, and the 5 credit "Sensor Systems". The latter provides 3 ECTS as D.I., consisting of design lab activities delivered in flipped classroom mode, in which students practise with electronic microprocessor boards based on ARM-CORTEX STM32 high-end microcontroller family, specially developed for the course, including various sensors presented during lessons; then home projects are reviewed and completed in classroom with the addition of advanced features.
Courses of the Group TAB2
Among other courses provided by POLIMI, which the student could consider including in the Study Plan among the 10 ECTS free electives, there are also those provided by the META (Social Sciences and Humanities for Science and Technology) group, aimed at offering skills in philosophical, epistemological, ethical and social issues related to the processes of science, technology and innovation. The courses activated so far have been "Critical thinking", "Emerging technologies and societal challenges", "Ethics for Technology A", "Ethics for Technology B", "Philosophy of Science and Technology", "History of industrial technological innovation", " Social history of technology and digital infrastructures "," Biomedical technologies: philosophical and ethical issues "," The social shaping of technology ", and" Power systems: Ethical issues and social implications ". The Study Plan would become individual. It should be noted that the 1 - 2 ECTS credits envisaged for these courses are lower than the typical 5 - 10 ECTS of the other courses of the M.S.E.E. study programme; therefore, it may be necessary to integrate with other courses that could lead to exceeding, albeit only slightly, the minimum 120 ECTS in order to obtain the Master's Degree.
7.3.1 Individual 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 s/he chooses courses among those actually activated at POLIMI and in compliance with the number of required ECTS credits, as specified in Paragraph 7.1. Such Individual Study Plan is subject to approval by the Study Plans Delegate 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 it are advised to contact the Study Plans Delegate in time.
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 anyhow.
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 LM ELN and with at least 50 ECTS credits regularly registered in their career and with a weighted average higher than or equal to 28/30. In the last academic year, there were 5 available positions for the students in Electronics Engineering. Further information is available at http://www.honours-programme.deib.polimi.it. To obtain the HP title you need to have an average of 28.5/30 GPA and graduate within 3 years.
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 (Laurea Magistrale) in Electronics Engineering is a good knowledge of a foreign language. Given the courses provided by POLIMI, the selected language is English. The level of knowledge of the English language must be certified at the time of application for admission, through the achievement of a minimum score in a test. 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 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 ECTS credits are assigned to the thesis preparation work, including 1 ECTS credit specifically dedicated to the verification of English language skills. The Master's Degree Thesis document 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 https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/1/teaching/lectures-and-exams/degree-examinations. The same link contains also WORD and LATEX templates for writing the thesis dissertation.
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 POLIMI website.
More information on professors and researchers, about their teaching and research activities can be found on the website of the Study Programme in Electronics Engineering: https://www.elettronica.polimi.it/?lang=en.
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 2022, the Politecnico di Milano achieved the 22nd ranking among the best Universities worldwide in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the 1st in Italy in the QS Ranking.
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.
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 POLIMI’s Career Service website:
and more specifically for Electronics Engineering in:
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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