ICT for Internet and multimedia

Second cycle degree - a. y. 2017/18

to be approved by the Ministry of Education, University and Research

Class: LM-27 – Telecommunication engineering
Duration: 2 years
Branch: Padova
Language: English
- Telecommunications
- Cybersystems
- Photonics
- ICT for life and health


Characteristics and objectives

The ever-increasing importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) requires a paradigm shift in work proficiencies. The expertise of an engineer working in the broad area of ICT cannot be restricted to devices, software tools, and instrumentation, but requires a deeper and systematic know-how, with a holistic vision on data, network structures, and technologies for the future society. Additionally, the two pillars of the Internet and multimedia communications are bringing together several fields of knowledge, belonging to different technical backgrounds, and some even outside what is traditionally considered to be the scope of engineering.

The Master degree in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia," offered by the University of Padova, captures the evolution of professional engineering figures, and represents a modern teaching offer that combines both solid fundamental knowledge and advanced technological competences. This degree provides a multidisciplinary education path in the field of information engineering, with an innovative fluid teaching model. This gives the students the ability to mold their expertise towards several specific applied disciplines, while still receiving a solid general-purpose engineering culture.

For this reason, the program contains both strong theoretical courses and applied research-oriented teaching towards advanced technologies for the future society. The graduate in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia" is able to master complex systems, manage data, plan strategies, and perform innovative activities in the broad area of ICT, with specific focus on communication networks and signal processing, but also an underlying awareness of the physical reality that enables such systems to operate and communicate. Several professional figures can be formed by this program, including, but not limited to, transmission and communication specialists, ICT security consultants, multimedia communication engineers, experts of cyber systems, photonics scientists, and professional figures able to use technology for improving life and health.

Other relevant features of this program include a strong cross-disciplinary networking, similar to how the Internet brings together different subsystems; a genuine vocation toward internationalism and diversity, joining different cultures in the same spirit of multimedia communication; and finally, internships and practical experiences on the field with a tight-knit industrial collaboration, to make the ICT society a reality.


Graduates in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia" are trained for the analysis, design, planning, and management of complex ICT systems and applications. They are qualified to provide technical support to business within manufacturing and service companies, or public administrations. They are also perfectly targeted at research institutions, or the academia. Their added value is given by their training in an international and collaborative environment, as well as by a rich proficiency in English.

They have ICT-specific capabilities as: ICT system designers; specialists and operators of ICT equipments and systems; researchers in the ICT sector and the next generation Internet; telecommunications networks and complex systems administrators, and designers; designers, administrators, and managers of platforms implementing multimedia services; technical analysts in regulatory bodies for telecommunications, ICT, and multimedia services. Additionally, they multidisciplinary competencies as: experts in cybersecurity; designers and developers of Big Data algorithms and systems; system designers for the capture and processing of information from biological instruments, sensors, and actuators; designers and developers of Internet applications.

They find employment (at a regional, national, and international level) at: network and telecommunication system operators; manufacturers in the ICT sector and defense; public and private companies responsible for the management and development of ICT applications and services; high technology ICT enterprises, small or medium; enterprises in other sectors (transport, energy, health, etc.) who use the Internet and ICT technologies; system Integrators and ICT consulting firms; regulatory bodies, standardization bodies, and certification bodies; research and development centers, and the Academia; software houses; engineering consultants; networked multimedia services (business and entertainment).

Open access with admission requirements
Number of non-EU students resident abroad: 15
of which Chinese ("Marco Polo" Programme): 1

Admission to the program requires an educational background in mathematics, computer science, and telecommunications. Adequate proficiency in the English language (CEFR level B1 or higher) is necessary. Access is granted for Bachelor Degrees in "Information Engineering," or similar, subject to the certification of sufficient proficiency (e.g., minimal number of ECTS credits) in: mathematics (calculus, statistics), computer science, and telecommunications.

The University of Padova offers full fee-waivers to students who have obtained (or are about to obtain) the qualification to be admitted to the chosen Degree course in a foreign institution (e.g. external to Italian Higher Education System). Fee-waivers are offered for 1 academic year.

Detailed information are provided under Tuition Fee-waivers for students enrolling in degrees courses held in English

Contact: international.admission@unipd.it

The total amount of the fees depends on the ISEE (Equivalent Economic Status Index) and on the chosen degree (unless scholarships or reductions). 

Fees 2016/17