Master in Autonomous Systems is a two year program, offered by the EIT Digital Master School. Graduates of the EIT Digital school receive 2 master of science degrees along with a EIT-labelled certificate. Student also participate in summer school, business challenge and undertake a work placement.

What are EIT Digital Master’s programs?

EIT Digital Master School is a joint initiative by the Europe’s top universities and business schools. EIT Digital Master’s programs are coordinated by the EIT Digital Master School Office in Stockholm, Sweden. The Office staff works in cooperation with university administrators, admission and general student counselling is also handled at Stockholm.

There are 18 universities in the EIT Digital Master School from France, Hungary, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, Spain, Germany and Netherlands.

Selected students enter at the university of their choice and also based upon their technical background. After the first year, students move on to the exit point university, located in a different European country. Majority of the curriculum (90 ECTS) is based on technical studies, including; Common base, Specialization and a Master’s thesis. A minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is also offered consisting of 30 ECTS. Two Master of science degrees are awarded to the graduates, issued by the entry and exit university.

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Master’s program Journey Map (CREDIT: EIT Digitial)

Master in Autonomous Systems at EIT Digital

The Master in Autonomous Systems program is built for students interested in robotics, AI or self-driving cars. Student attain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in intelligent robots, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous software systems and vehicles.

The program is a blend of electronic engineering (EE) and computer science (CS). Students gain experience in CS – robot vision, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT and EE – automation, control, communication, embedded systems.

Entry Year OptionsExit Year Options
Aalto University, Finland
University of Trento, Italy
Technical University Berlin, Germany
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Université Côte d’Azur, France
University of Trento, Italy
Aalto University, Finland
Eötvös Lorand University, Hungary
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Technical University Berlin, Germany

The first year in the program offers courses in:

(1) Robotics (mathematical modeling, control techniques of mobile robots)
(2) Artificial Intelligence (AI principles, machine learning models and methods)
(3) Modeling (data driven modeling and methods for static and dynamic systems, MATLAB and Simulink)
(4) Estimation (static system estimation in linear/nonlinear dynamic systems, stochastics)
(5) Control (discrete-time control, controller design, performance analysis, discrete time modeling, simulation and design).

The program offers 6 specializations in intelligent autonomous systems (robotics, self-driving vehicles, machine learning, applications, computer science, and big data).

The specializations in Autonomous System program are detailed below:

– Intelligent Autonomous Systems (KTH, Sweden)
– Applications of Autonomous Systems (TU Berlin, Germany)
– Computer Science for Autonomous Driving (ELTE, Hungary)
– Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (Aalto University, Finland)
– Sensing, Communicating and Processing Big Data for IoT (EURECOM, France)
– Real-time perception, decision and control for autonomous driving (UniTN, Italy)

The job market for graduates in Autonomous Systems is excellent. Autonomous systems are involved in logistics, shipping, manufacturing, mining, and recycling industries. Autonomous software systems have observed an increased usage in finance, customer service, media, and healthcare sectors. Automotive manufacturing is a major sector in the European economy. EIT Digital School’s partner universities have deep connections with industries where students pursue a 6 months internship, concluding their thesis.

Eligibility Criteria

A Bachelor of Science is a relevant discipline is required for the enrollment into the Master of Autonomous systems program. Candidates with previous education in IT, Electronics, Electrical/Computer/Industrial engineering or Computer science are eligible. Applicants are required to have experience in data structures, algorithms, mathematics (calculus, statistics, algebra) and programming (C++). Additional knowledge in systems theory, basic mechanics are a plus.

For non native English speakers, a relevant English language proficiency certificate is required – TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CAE. Information regarding waiver of English language proficiency test and university specific test scores is available here.

Candidate selection is based on their previous academic background, performance, motivation letter (featuring background or potential in innovation and entrepreneurship. Candidates with relevant work experience can compensate for a non-strictly matching bachelor degree. The work experience should be mentioned in the motivation letter or resume. Final selection will be made by selection committee to determine the relevant work experience and the bachelor degree for admission.

Tuition fee and Scholarships

EU/EEA and Swiss students pay 1,500 Euro/year (€750 per semester) and Non-EEA/Non-EU pay 12,000 Euro/year (€6000 per semester). Period one applicants are required to pay the fee before May 31, 2020. For period two applicants, tuition fee deadline is June 30, 2020. In case of scholarships, the tuition will be prorated for the received amount.

EIT Digital Master School scholarship program invests over €1.6 million per year per cohort to attract the best talent worldwide. Merit based scholarships are provided for 2 years and are offered to top applicants in each program/entry point. During the electronic application, candidates will be asked to confirm their choice for EIT Digital Master School scholarship.


There are two application periods, open to EU/EEA and Non-EU citizens, Period one starts Nov. 15, 2019 and ends Feb. 3 2020. Periods two starts on Feb. 17, 2020 and ends on Apr. 17, 2020.

Admission and scholarship letters for period one will be delivered on April 1, 2020. For period one applicants, the deadline to accept the study offer is April 8, 2020. For period two the letters of acceptance and scholarships will be handed out between June 1 to 3, 2020. The deadline to accept the study offer for is June 10, 2020.

For student visa applicants it is recommended that they apply in period one. Applicants in the period one can apply to a maximum of two programs. For applicants applying in period two only one program selection is available. Interested candidates can apply via the official website.

Further Information

Post-Master positions are available to EIT Digital School graduates which offers a 1 year contract. The graduates work in a EIT Digital co-location center in a multinational environment. These opportunities are available for motivated candidates, committed to digitization and eager to learn under high profile experts. Post-master positions are aimed at software developers, scientists, data analysts, technical architects, venture developers and other IT savvy young professionals.

More information regarding the career for students after graduating from EIT Digital school is available here. Information on EIT Digital school students is available here.

Applicants can contact the EIT Digital School via email ( OR by filling a form at the official website.


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