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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 Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

The EIT Digital Master’s degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever-changing technical world.

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 Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry 1st Year

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain
  • University Paris Sud (UPS), France
  • University of Twente (UT), Netherlands

Exit 2nd Year

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Technical University Berlin (TUB), Germany
  • Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain
  • University Paris Sud (UPS), France
  • University of Trento (UNITN), Italy
  • University of Twente (UT), Netherlands

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:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Electrical Engineering/ electronic

In special cases students from industrial design, media technology, computational linguistics, and cognitive sciences with sufficient skills in mathematics, software design and programming can be considered.

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 Human Computer Interaction and Design (MSc) page on the Politecnico di Milano website for more details!

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