Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Robots (AUS) - SPECTRO

The programme is developed and delivered under European Union‘s Digital Europe Programme Project no. 101123118. 

From self-driving cars to robotic assistants, the Internet of Things, and AI-based software solutions – the future is autonomous. However, as an emerging technology, autonomous systems hold both opportunities and risks. The key to navigating this potential minefield is not only understanding the technology itself but, more importantly, be able to confidently evaluate autonomous processes and maximise the trade-off between business impact and resources spent.

This is where EIT Digital comes into play. With our Autonomous Systems master's programme, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to drive the transition to autonomous systems.

What you will gain

The interdisciplinary master's programme is designed to approach autonomous systems from both a computer science and an electronic engineering perspective. We use a combination of face-to-face workshops, group activities, and hands-on exercises to cover everything from the basics of autonomous systems to such specific skills as:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Automation and control
  • Embedded systems
  • System communication
  • Autonomous software systems

To enhance your learning, the programme includes an opportunity to get real-world experience by working in a business operating in the autonomous vehicle, intelligent robotics, industrial IoT, or autonomous software system fields. During your internship, you will apply your new skills and knowledge towards solving problems and creating new products and services.

Unlock new career opportunities

Careers in autonomous systems are simply exploding. You will leave this programme having the knowledge and skills needed to unlock a range of career opportunities. Our graduates can be found working in open innovation settings and leading technology companies, including in the manufacturing, logistics, mining, waste, media, finance, healthcare, and services sectors. Some have even gone on to launch their own successful start-ups and consultancies.

Ready to join their ranks? Then enrol today and start driving the digital transformation with Autonomous Systems!

Is this Programme for Me?

Our Autonomous Systems Master’s programme is open to applicants with either a Bachelor of Science degree or who are in their final year of study in:

  • Electrical engineering/electronics
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Information technology
  • Industrial engineering

Applicants should have a basic understanding of programming, data structures and algorithms, and mathematics, including calculus, algebra, and statistics. A background in basic mechanics and systems theory is also beneficial. Please note that a strong grasp of C++ is required for some of the programme’s mandatory courses.

In some circumstances, relevant work experience may compensate for a lack of relevant degree. Such work experience should be justified in your letter of motivation. 

How is the Programme Structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university, both of which are located at an EIT Digital hot spot.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points, with a focus on basic courses that lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme. Students are also introduced to business and management during this first year. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises to demonstrate how technology can be transformed into a successful business. Students are also taught how to prepare and present a convincing business plan. Students have the option to take elective courses.
  • In between the first year and the second year, our summer school programme addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The graduation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and cumulates with a Master thesis having a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.
  • Graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

Where Can I Study Autonomous Systems?


The available scholarships are:

  • Scholarships of Excellence (only available to EU applicants) - Full tuition fee waiver and monthly allowance (based on average living costs in the study country)
  • Full tuition fee waiver
  • Half tuition fee waiver

You apply for scholarships during the application process in the application portal.

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