MSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering

Italian students

Enrollment for a.y. 2021/22 to be defined

Admission requirements

Admission to the master's degree programme in Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering is open to holders of an Italian Laurea degree, or a suitable degree obtained abroad (Bachelor of Science or equivalent first-cycle degree).

Admission is open to graduates with an Italian Laurea degree in any of the following classes (under D.M. 270/04):

  1. L-8: Ingegneria dell’Informazione;

  2. L-31: Scienze e tecnologie informatiche;

  3. L-30: Scienze e tecnologie fisiche;

  4. L-35: Scienze matematiche.

Admission is also open to graduates with any other Italian Laurea degree that satisfies the following requirements:

  • at least 36 CFUs taken from learning activities in the SSD sectors in Group 1: MAT/02, MAT/03, MAT/05, MAT/06, MAT/07, MAT/08, MAT/09, FIS/01, FIS/03;

  • at least 9 CFUs taken from learning activities in the SSD sectors in Group 2: ING-INF/05, INF/01;

  • at least 9 CFUs taken from learning activities in the SSD sectors in Group 3: ING-IND/35, SECS-P/08.

Applications are evaluated by an Evaluation Committee (EC) appointed by the Degree Programme Board. The EC will verify:

  • that the aforementioned curricular requirements are met by the applicant;

  • that the applicant has an adequate personal preparation to undertake the studies of the master's degree, in particular with regard to the basic knowledge of mathematics and computer engineering. This will be done by examining the applicant's curriculum and career, and by interviewing her/him if needed. In this last case, the interview program is identified by the EC and communicated to the applicant by the Degree Programme Board with a suitable advance;

  • that the applicant possesses an adequate knowledge of the English language, comparable to the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This last requirement (which is mandatory) can be waived if the applicant provides a suitable English language certification at the time of enrolment.

If you are an Italian citizen with a suitable degree obtained abroad, for the purpose of enrolling at the University of Pisa you must contact the dedicated WIS! (Welcome International Students!) desk.

For more information and details on how to submit your application, visit the website http://matricolandosi.unipi.it/

International students

The University of Pisa, founded in 1343, has a strong international reputation. According to the latest edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Pisa ranks in the world’s top 200 universities, and in Italy’s top 3. According to the QS World University Ranking, it ranks 389th worldwide, its main strength being academic reputation. More importantly, it ranks among the world’s top 100 universities in five subjects, including Computer Science and Information Systems, and among the world’s top 170 for graduate employability, thanks to its strong industry partnerships. More information on international rankings can be found here.

Fees and Financial Support

University fees are to be paid on each academic year. They are determined by the Board of Directors on a yearly basis, and normally announced in the month of June for the following academic year.

For the a.y. 2020/21, they vary from € 356 to € 2,556 per year, depending on the student’s country of origin. There are several bodies that can provide financial support to international students:

  • The University of Pisa offers financial contributions to the best admitted international students and to international students achieving the best results during their studies. Top selected applicants in the first call for the a.y. 2021/22 (deadline February 14, 2021) will receive a special UniPi scholarship, which will be awarded taking into account the applicants CV, interview results, CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) and country of origin. The scholarship will cover two years, as follows:

    • First academic year: € 6,000 net, and waiving of University fees;

    • Second academic year: € 8,000 net, and 50% reduction of the University fees, subject to performance verification (at least 36 ECTS with a CGPA of at least 25 out of 30).

More information is available at https://www.unipi.it/contribution.

  • The DSU regional programme (DSU is Diritto allo Studio Universitario, "Right to Study") offers financial support to students of universities in Tuscany. International students can apply for a DSU scholarship and can be granted:

    • tuition waivers or reductions;

    • a full scholarship including free accommodation, meals, and a monthly allowance to cover for extra expenses (e.g., sporting activities, books, etc.).

More information on DSU scholarships can be found here. Please be aware that DSU is a regional agency, not linked to the University of Pisa.

  • The Italian Government offers scholarships to foreign students within the Study in Italy programme.

  • Your own government may have programmes to support your studying abroad, or specific bilateral agreements with the Italian university system or the University of Pisa in particular (see here for further information).

Other information on fee waivers, extraordinary contributions and scholarships can be found at http://www.unipi.it/tuition-fees.

How to apply?

Please choose below the option that applies to you

EU citizens or non-EU citizens with a Permit of Stay in Italy

EU citizens, citizens from the European Economic Area or the Swiss Federation, and non-EU citizens with a Permit of Stay in Italy must follow the standard procedure to enrol at the University of Pisa. Detailed enrolment instructions are available here.

Admission requirements for a.y. 2020/21 (deadline is December 31, 2020)

Admission depends on the possession of specific academic requirements. Specifically, the applicant must have an adequate background and education to undertake the studies of the Master's Degree, in particular with regard to the basic knowledge of mathematics and computer engineering.

Knowledge of the English language, comparable to the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, is also required.

AIDE is a two-year degree programme, where compulsory activities are in English and elective activities are in English or Italian. The total of ECTS given in English is sufficient to complete the programme and obtain the degree, hence knowledge of the Italian language is not an unconditional requirement.

However, elective activities covering basic subjects in computer engineering, which are meant for admitted students lacking a strong computer engineering background, are only taught in Italian. Therefore, unless the applicant can demonstrate a strong computer engineering background (e.g., in algorithms and programming, operating systems, computer networks, and database systems), mastering of the Italian language comparable to the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is also a further requirement.

Applications are evaluated by an Evaluation Committee (EC) appointed by the Degree Programme Board. The EC will verify the aforementioned requirements by first examining the applicant's career and curriculum, and then by interviewing her/him.

The possession of the language knowledge requirement can be certified by the applicant at the time of enrolment. Otherwise, it will be verified by the EC through the interview.

If interested, you may request the Degree Programme Board to do a preliminary (informal) assessment of your qualification by sending an email at info_INGINF@dii.unipi.it, thereby including the following documents:

  • a declaration of knowledge of the English language, specifying the duration of studies and the type of certification held;

  • the academic degree you possess, with an indication of the legal duration of the course (at least three years), together with a copy of the degree certificate and transcripts (translated to English or Italian);

  • a copy of your complete Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum covering their education program, as well as any other relevant cultural and professional experience that might help the EC to evaluate your application.

Non-EU citizens with residency abroad

If you are a non-EU citizen living outside of Italy, you must first pre-enroll at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your Country to apply for a visa for Italy for long-term stays. More details are available in the dedicated pages of the University website, or on http://www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri/.

Every year, a quota of reserved places for non-EU students with residency abroad is set for each degree programme. Prior to the pre-enrolment procedure, a preliminary evaluation of each individual application is carried out by an evaluation committee of the Master Degree program. If found suitable for enrolment, according to the rules and procedures described in the following 'Call for Applications', a letter of eligibility for enrolment is sent to the individual candidate. Note that applications for a.y. 2020/21 are closed.

Call for applications

Academic Year 2021/22

The University of Pisa announces for the Academic Year 2021/22 a public competition, open to non-EU citizens not resident in Italy, for admission to the Master Degree programme in Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering (Laurea Magistrale, class LM-32).

The competition aims at admitting at most 20 (twenty) applicants, who must apply and undergo an evaluation procedure. As a first step, the submitted documentation will be assessed by the Master Degree programme Evaluation Committee (EC). Applicants whose documentation is evaluated positively will be shortlisted for an interview. Shortlisted applicants who pass the interview will be eligible for admission and ranked. The first 20 eligible candidates will be admitted.

All applicants will receive a communication of the outcome of their evaluation after each step.

Admission requirements

Applicants must either hold:

  • a Bachelor of Science, or equivalent first-cycle degree, obtained abroad after the completion of a three-year (minimum) course of study, providing a suitable background in both mathematics and computer engineering.

Note that:

    • we also consider applications from students who expect to get their BSc degree by their pre-enrolment deadline (which is set by the Italian embassy or consulate in their country). Their admission will be subject to their obtaining the degree by the specified deadline;

    • the Evaluation Committee will evaluate the suitability of the applicant’s degree only for the purpose of this competition. The admission of candidates holding a qualification issued in a non-EU country will be subject to verification and recognition of legitimacy by the Italian deputy diplomatic authorities.

  • an Italian Laurea degree in any of the following classes (under D.M. 270/04): L-8 Ingegneria dell’Informazione, L-31 Scienze e tecnologie informatiche, L-30 Scienze e tecnologie fisiche, L-35 Scienze matematiche, or any other Italian Laurea degree with: at least 36 ECTS in SSD MAT/02-09 and/or FIS/01 and/or FIS/03, at least 9 ECTS in SSD ING-INF/05 and/or INF/01; at least 9 ECTS in SSD ING-IND/35 and/or SECS-P/08.

Applicants must possess a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) equal to or above 75% of the maximum grades (e.g., 3 in a scale of 4, or 15 in a scale of 20). The CGPA must be computed on all the exams (including elective ones) over all the years of the first-cycle degree, and must be confirmed by the submitted official documentation. Applicants whose CGPA is below the above threshold will not be considered eligible.

Knowledge of the English language, comparable to the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, is also required.

Further conditional requirements

AIDE is a two-year degree programme, where compulsory activities are in English and elective activities are in English or Italian. The total of ECTS given in English is sufficient to complete the programme and obtain the degree, hence knowledge of the Italian language is not an unconditional requirement.

However, elective activities covering basic subjects in computer engineering, which are meant for admitted students lacking a strong computer engineering background, are only taught in Italian. Therefore, unless the applicant can demonstrate a strong computer engineering background (e.g., in algorithms and programming, operating systems, computer networks, and database systems), mastering of the Italian language comparable to the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is also a further requirement.

Application procedure and due documentation

Applicants shall apply online at the following dedicated website: http://applymscenglish.unipi.it.

In the application form, applicants must include:

  • a declaration of knowledge of the English language, specifying the duration of studies and the type of certification held;

  • the academic degree they possess, with an indication of the legal duration of the course (at least three years), together with a copy of the degree certificate and transcripts (translated to English or Italian);

  • a copy of a valid passport;

  • a copy of their complete Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum covering their education program, as well as any other relevant cultural and professional experience that might help the EC to evaluate the applicant.

Applicants may also include other documents (e.g., letters of reference, other certificates). All documents must be in Adobe pdf format.

Applications missing any of the required documents are not considered valid and will not be processed further. No integrations will be accepted after the call deadline.

Application deadlines and selection schedule

Applications are evaluated in two rounds:

  • FIRST ROUND

    • applications are open from the publication date of this Call to February 14, 2021, 12:00pm (GMT) [strict]

    • interviews are scheduled from February 22, 2021 to March 5, 2021 [tentative]

    • notifications of admission/rejection are delivered by March 10, 2021

  • SECOND ROUND

    • applications are open from March 1, 2021 to April 18, 2021, 12:00pm (GMT) [strict]

    • interviews are scheduled from April 26, 2021 to May 14, 2021 [tentative]

    • notifications of admission/rejection are delivered by May 19, 2021

A maximum of 20 eligible applicants will be admitted. The second round of applications will be opened only if there still are vacancies after the first round. Prospective applicants are therefore encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. Furthermore, note that applicants admitted in the second round will not be able to apply for the UniPi scholarships (but they will still be able to apply for the other scholarships, see above Fees and Financial Support).

In case of problems with the online application, please get in touch with our international office (international@ing.unipi.it).

Evaluation procedure

The documentation submitted by applicants will be evaluated by the EC, consisting of Computer Engineering professors. The committee will assess the applicants’ background and education, their potential skills and attitude to attend an interdisciplinary and innovative educational programme, and grade them on a scale of 60 points. Applicants scoring less than 42 points will be rejected. Applicants scoring 42 or more will be shortlisted for an interview.

Applicants shortlisted for the interview will be informed via e-mail (sent to the account indicated in the application form) about the time and date of the interview. Interviews will be held through videoconference using Skype. The applicant shall provide the proper settings to carry out the video interview and exhibit the ID submitted in the online application. Applicants not attending the interview in their scheduled slot will be excluded.

Applicants will be interviewed by the EC, who will evaluate their motivation, expectations, and technical skills, as well as their mastering of the English language. Interviews will be graded on a scale of 40 points. Shortlisted applicants scoring less than 28 points will be rejected. Those scoring 28 points or more will be eligible for admission.

Notification of admission/rejection will be delivered to applicants by March 10 (first round) and May 19 (second round) via email.

What to do upon admission

Admitted applicants will first need to confirm by email their intent to pre-enrol, by replying to the email notifying their admission. Upon confirmation of their intent to pre-enrol, the admitted applicants will receive a formal admission letter by email. The latter must be included in the pre-enrolment documentation to apply for a Student Visa.

Information on pre-enrolment is available here.