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Embedded Computing Systems

University of Pisa
2 years
Full time
Master's degree

Program description

Master's Degree in Embedded Computing Systems - University of Pisa, Italy

Developed in partnership with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, this master degree from University of Pisa will equip students with the knowledge required for approaching complex software design in embedded computing systems. Students will learn to utilize modern design technologies and integrate specific knowledge in research areas, such as:

  • Automatic control
  • Signal acquisition and processing
  • Real-time computing
  • Sensors and actuators interfacing
  • Software engineering
  • Formal methods for software verification
  • Distributed systems
  • Computer architectures
  • Digital electronics

Graduates will walk away from this program able to design, develop and analyze highly complex computer systems, and will be prepared for employment in companies of all sizes involved in industrial automation, avionics, automotive systems, telecommunications and robotics.

Admission requirements


  • EU citizens, from the European Economic Area, the Swiss Federation. Non EU citizens with a residency permit.


  • Pre-enrollment at the Italian Embassy
  • Obligatory step for candidates interested in pursuing a 1st or 2nd level degree programme
  • Italian language certificate


Pre-University schooling

  • Those who have intention to enroll in a three-year degree or in a single-cycle master's degree program at the University of Pisa must have completed at least 12 years of schooling in total (including primary school, eventual middle school and high school). These qualifications allow the carrying on of studies in the Italian higher education, if they have been achieved on the basis of at least the last two years of attendance with a positive outcome in the foreign educational system. 
  • Please note: those who come from the Italian academic system and have only completed one year of high school and obtained the final qualification in a foreign academic system, can submit their documents for an evaluation in order to be enrolled by sending an email. 
  • The indication of years of schooling appears in the Declaration of Value released by the Italian diplomatic representative competent for the territory.

International students who have a course of study of less than 12 years, with only 10 or 11 years of schooling and who have intention to enroll at the University of Pisa, must:

  1. Present a certificate attesting the completion of one or two academic years or a post-secondary qualification. ATTENTION: this period of university studies cannot be evaluated for the purpose of granting an abbreviation of the Italian course of study, but it only serves to make up for the missing years to achieve the total 12 years required by the legislation. For this reason this period is accepted only for enrollment in the 1st year of the course;
  2. Or, alternatively, obtain an Italian secondary school diploma;
  3. Or, alternatively, if you meet the prescribed requirements, enroll in the Foundation Course Programmes.


US High School Diploma

  • Students in possession of the High School Diploma (HSD) can be enrolled in the first academic year if they have been awarded with at least three "Advanced US Placements" (APs), with a score from 3 to 5, in three different subjects related to the University study course required for the registration. 
  • The presence of an "AP" in Italian language will be required only for students with foreign citizenship. The "AP" in Italian will not be eligible for this purpose, in the case of students with Italian citizenship or in the case of enrollment in courses provided entirely in English. Those titles allow students to persecute their studies in the superior education in Italy if they are based on the attendance to the course for at least the final two years, with a positive outcome, in the foreign educational system. It will be up to the foreign higher educational institutions to proceed to the evaluation of the titles keeping into consideration the whole academic course attended, following national and international regulations.
  • Moreover, students can be enrolled if they are already in possession of the High School diploma followed and integrated by two full years of the additional course of "College" (Associate degree). The integration is valid even if the course following the High School degree took place at university institutions of another country. In this case, the competent academic bodies evaluate the validity of the certified course, as long as it has a duration of more than one year.

British qualifications

  • The final certifications called General Certificate of Education (GCE) and International Certificate of Education (IGCE), released by official certification bodies of the United Kingdom, allow the enrolment if they certify the approval of at least three subjects at high level (A level) related to the course of study requested, with a grade at least sufficient (passing grade).
  • An A level in italian language will be required only for students with a foreign citizenship, so it will not be counted as part of the three A levels required for students with a foreign citizenship or in case of courses delivered only in English.
  • Furthermore, a combination of 3 different subjects from A level and Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. The Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, composed by 3 Principal Subjects + Global Perspective and Research, can be evaluated by superior academic institutions instead of the 3 “A level” to access the first cycle. Remember that even with an A level or a Pre-U Principal Subject in Italian language will be required only for students with a foreign citizenship, so it will not count as part of the ones required in case of students with Italian citizenship or in case of course delivered entirely in English language.
  • Final Diplomas obtained in British schools of which in the Allegato 2- point 3 of the Nota Ministeriale, are valid to enrol to Italian Universities to the specific senses and conditions established by the agreements passed by Italy and Great Britain.
  • Scottish titles allow enrolment if they certify the passing of at least three Advanced Highers or alternatively 2 Advanced Highers and at least 4 Highers.

Greek academic titles "Apolityrion"

  • They allow enrollment only if they are achieved with a sufficient minimum grade of 10 out of 20 points. Candidates must also have obtained the "Veveosi Prosvasis" academic certificate. 
  • Only students who achieved an Apolityrion certificate before 1999 and who have a document certifying they were resident in Italy during the three-year period 1999-2001, corresponding to the transitional period established by the recent Greek legislation to achieve, by amnesty, the certificate of academic suitability "Veveosi Prosvasis" are exempt from needing the second certificate.

Albanian qualifications

  • They allow access to University education courses only if the student has passed the academic suitability exam (compulsory) introduced with the reform of the Albanian school system, or has already completed a previous University enrollment.

Qualifications issued by University Institutes of Clerical Studies, based in Italy and approved by the Holy See

  • These educational qualifications, must be certified by the competent ecclesiastical authorities. Candidates with such authenticated and legalized qualifications only present the copy of that title to the competent University and the original is produced after the admission tests, when an eventual effective application is made.

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Tuition fees

University fees depend on the student's country of origin and can vary from €407 euros up to €2.340,00. Contact the university via the "request information" button to learn more about fees and payment options.


Upon completion of this program, students will receive a Master's degree in Embedded Computing Systems from University of Pisa.

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Summer Courses & Master Programs at University of Pisa, Italy

Established in 1343, the University of Pisa is an internationally-renown public institution, ranking among the top eight Italian universities and top 300 universities world-wide. The university has 20 departments with many high-level research centers, such as: Agriculture Astrophysics Computer science...

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Why study at University of Pisa

Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. Famous alumni of the University include Galileo Galilei, 3 Nobel prize winners and 2 Fields medalist.It is amongst the top 3 universities in Italy (ARWU).Nowadays the University of Pisa represents a prestigious modern center for teaching and advanced research.Pisa offers international students the unique opportunity to study and experience the richness of Italian history and culture in a beautiful and stimulating environment. Famous across the world for the Leaning Tower, almost all of its departments are located in the heart of the city. Its strategic geographical location, the international airport and the excellent rail connections offer the possibility of weekend trips to other parts of Italy and Europe.

The Foundation Course

A one-year programme taught exclusively in English, which bridges the gap between High School and University studies and it equips students with the appropriate academic grounding for an Italian degree at the University of Pisa.This programme is aimed at International students who have 11 or 10 years of schooling and have successfully completed High School and at American students who have not taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses during the last year of High School nor have attended 2 years of College

Summer Schools

Intensive academic courses for international students and also for graduates.They mostly last from 1 to 6 weeks and take place in an international context, with students and lecturers coming from various parts of the world and all lectures delivered in English.They are characterized by nonconventional teaching formats (workshops, tutorials, excursions, cultural events, business testimonials, etc.) and a multidisciplinary approach. Professors are experts in their areas and have a keen interest in what they do.Summer Schools meet strict academic regulations: each grants at least 3 ECTS credits and the participants who successfully pass the final exams will receive an official academic transcript.

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University of Pisa

Lungarno Pacinotti 43
56126 Pisa

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