ICT for Internet and multimedia - a.y. 2018/19

An Engineering master about Information and Communication Technologies, focusing on devices, networks, signals, as well as cross-disciplinary issues (big data, photonics, life sciences)


Level: Second-cycle degree

Field of study: LM-27 – Telecommunication engineering

Degree awarded: Master of Science in ICT for Internet and Multimedia

Start date: September 2018

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 30 (1 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

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. 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.

  Course structure

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 mould their expertise towards several specific applied disciplines, while still receiving a solid general-purpose engineering culture.

The course is organized in four curricula:

  • Telecommunications - the classical telecommunication course covering transmission, networks, signal and image processing, electromagnetism and transmission devices 
  • Cybersystems – an interdisciplinary curriculum oriented to networks and big data
  • ICT for life and health – an interdisciplinary curriculum oriented to applications in health and life sciences
  • Photonics -  an interdisciplinary curriculum towards physics and material sciences

The full list of offered courses (all in English) is available at: http://en.didattica.unipd.it/off/2017/LM/IN/IN2371. Click on the curriculum you are interested in (“degree course tracks” at the beginning of the web page) in order to have a clearer view on the teaching offer.

  Career opportunities

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

Gradurates find employment as: network and telecommunication system operators; manufacturers in the ICT sector and defence; public and private companies responsible for the management and development of ICT applications and services; system Integrators and ICT consulting firms; regulatory bodies, standardization bodies, and certification bodies; research and development centres, and the Academia; software houses; engineering consultants; networked multimedia services (business and entertainment).

  Entry requirements

The Master of Science in "ICT for Internet and Multimedia" is open to students with a background in mathematics (calculus, statistics) and computer science that wish to deepen their knowledge of the ICT world.

Specifically, candidates should possess an adequate understanding of: multivariable calculus, linear algebra, geometry, differential equations, Fourier, Laplace and Z transforms, linear time-invariant signals and systems, probability and statistics, basic concepts of random processes, basic knowledge of computer science, computer architecture, and structured and object-oriented programming.

The degree course is constructed on the assumption that the student also possesses basic knowledge of telecommunications (communication systems and networks, modulation and signals, electromagnetism, free and guided propagation). Otherwise, these skills will be integrated and/or made up for during the second cycle degree course.

Compulsory requirements:

  1. Knowledge of English-language receptive skills at the (CEFR) B2 level
  2. Minimum degree classification for entry equal to 84/110 or equivalent
  3. At least 50 University Educational Credits (CFUs) in the Disciplinary Scientific Sectors: FIS/01 (Experimental physics), INF/01 (Computer science), ING-INF/02 (Electromagnetic fields), ING-INF/03 (Telecommunications), ING-INF/05 (Information processing systems), MAT/02 (Algebra), MAT/03 (Geometry), MAT/05 (Mathematical analysis), MAT/06 (Probability and mathematical statistics)

  Language requirements

Knowledge of English-language receptive skills at the (CEFR) B2 level


The link to the online application platform as well as step by step guidelines on the online application procedure are included in the Call for Application below (page 2). Please follow the instructions carefully when applying online since links and procedures differ depending on the degree course.

The payment of the application fee (euro 30) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. For detailed payment instructions please read our guide. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. 

For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2018/19 fees are available on page: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees.

The total amount (euro 2600,00) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 185,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinators: Prof. Michele Zorzi, Prof. Leonardo Badia, Prof. Tomaso Erseghe
Teaching and Communication Manager: Sara Brugnerotto

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