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What is EIT Digital Master School?

The EIT Digital Master School is a collaboration between the best technical universities in Europe, top European research institutes and leading business partners. We aim to forge entrepreneurial talents in digital innovation through outstanding education. By joining the Master School, you are not just about to start a Master’s degree, you are stepping into a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 200 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. 

Why study Autonomous Systems at EIT Digital?

For anyone interested in a career related to self-driving cars, robotics or artificial intelligence, EIT Digital Masters School offers a two-year master programme in Autonomous Systems (AUS).

AUS is a combination of computer science and electronic engineering. During the programme, students will gain new skills in both areas. In computer science, relevant skills include Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, artificial intelligence and robot vision. In electronic engineering, relevant fields are automation, control, embedded systems and communications.

Students learn the latest theoretical knowledge and know how to apply their skills in practical real-life problems. Typical application areas of autonomous systems include autonomous vehicles, intelligent robots, industrial IoT and autonomous software systems.

How is the programme structured?

  • All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:
  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.
  • To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

Where can I study Autonomous Systems?

Entry 1st Year

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Technical University Berlin (TUB), Germany
  • Université Côte d’Azur (UCA), France
  • University of Trento (UNITN), Italy

Exit 2nd Year

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Eötvös Lorand University (ELTE), Hungary
  • EURECOM, France
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Technical University Berlin (TUB), Germany
  • University of Trento (UNITN), Italy

Who can apply?

If you wish to apply to this programme you must have a Bachelor of Science in, or be in your final year of studies of:

  • Electrical Engineering / Electronics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Industrial Engineering

Students should have basic competence in programming, data structures and algorithms, and mathematics including calculus, algebra, and mathematical statistics. Preferred additional competences are basic mechanics and systems theory.

Please note that a good knowledge of C++ is required to take some mandatory courses.

Kindly note that relevant work experience can compensate a non-strictly matching bachelor degree. Please justify your work experience in your motivation letter or resume. Once your papers are received, the selection committee will make the final decision on whether your bachelors and work experience are sufficient as prerequisites for the track you have applied for.

How can you apply?

Our academic year starts in August-October depending on your choice of university.

Application period one: November 15, 2019 - February 3, 2020*

Application period two: February 17 - April 17, 2020

* We recommend non-EU citizens to apply in period one to allow sufficient time for a visa.

Applications are made through our online Application Portal, on our website.


Visit the Autonomous Systems (MSc) page on the KTH Royal Institute of Technology website for more details!

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