The international elective curriculum in Master in Nanotechnologies for ICTs provides a first semester at the Politecnico di Torino, a second semester at
the Minatec in Grenoble and a third semester at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The fourth and final semester is devoted to development of the thesis in any of the three universities or in International companies or research institutes (Refer to "Carried out Theses" section for a partial overview of the offered opportunities).
Between the second and the third semester a summer internship of 10 weeks is optionally provided, to be done in companies or research institutes to explore a specific topic in the field of micro and nanotechnology. This internship is compulsory for students wishing to attain also the French degree.
The Master Degree course was created in 2004 through mutual agreements between the three institutions partner in the initiative and leading at European level in the field of micro and nanotechnology. A restricted access policy (maximum 60 students) ensures an excellent education quality and practical experience in the laboratories. The number of applications for enrollment is in constant and significant increase, especially on the international side. The selection of admitted students is performed through a process shared between the three universities and is based on the presentation of the own Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum. To date, the average of students admitted to the international Master Degree is 42 students/year. In the charts below we highlight the performance of the students applications and admissions each year, and the geographical distribution of students by macro-areas (Italy, France, Switzerland, EU, not-EU).
Evolution of students applications
Evolution of students admissions
At the end of their course students receive the National Master degree plus a joint degree between the three Universities.
Given the relative heterogeneity of educational, technical-scientific and cultural condition of enrolled students, the first semester at the Polytechnic of Turin is dedicated to a leveling of fundamental and advanced knowledge of solid state physics and consolidation of knowledge in the disciplines of micro-technologies, microsystems and microelectronics. The second semester in Grenoble resumes and explores some further aspects of the latter issues, but is particularly focused on nano- technological disciplines and on the description of physical phenomena at the nano-scale. Courses devoted to social and human sciences (SHS) and optional courses to explore particular aspects of the world of micro-and nanotechnology are also available. The final semester in Lausanne deepens and completes the formation on micro-and nanoelectronics , while also offering optional and SHS courses. Please refer to the section "Programme Syllabus" for detailed information about the courses and ECTS distribution.
The integration and complementarity of the program and expertise among the three universities, together with the availability of the state-of-the-art facilities for carrying out practical activities and projects in laboratory (partially also in clean room) allow a complete training, both theoretical and applied, in the field of micro and nanotechnology.
One of the uniqueness of the international Master Degree is also represented by the cultural enrichment derived from the daily exchange and collaboration with colleagues of different nationalities and the ability to share also extra-curricular experiences. In Grenoble INP and the EPFL in particular, sport is for instance integral part of education, but students can also practice activities chosen by them during their free time. The sports facilities in the urban area and the exceptional natural environment allow to perform various activities in any season.
The fourth and final semester is devoted to the thesis activity in any of the three universities or in other high-level international companies or research institutes, also thanks to the wide network of agreements in this regard (please refer to section "Carried out Theses" for a partial overview). Following are some statistics on the geographical distribution of the entities that have hosted the graduating students in Nanotechnologies for ICT over the years.
Geographical distribution of thesis
The type, quality and level of provided training has not yet equal in Italy or Europe, and a few similar examples are reported outside the European Union. The purpose of the course is to train international engineers able to position themselves at the highest level in the fields of science and technology for micro-and nanoelectronics, MEMS and microsystems and nano-biotechnology.
Through training and experience, not only educational, conducted along the elective curriculum, it will be possible to develop a unique solidity and versatility of skills: analysis, synthesis and design capabilities of new solutions or devices, modeling, problem solving, communication, innovation, teamwork, intercultural approach.
The offered training is therefore based on: the acquisition of solid knowledge; an overview of several micro and nanotechnology sectors (microelectronics engineering, microsystems, nanotechnology); the opportunity to explore some aspects, or to engage in disciplines not covered in the main program ; an awareness on the financial, contractual and legal aspects in this specific field; the consolidation of an international culture; the improvement of communication skills in English but also in French; a practical experience through the thesis project, project activities and individual or group, practical and methodological lectures.
Graduates in Nanotechnologies for ICT can easily find employment in various areas and to comply within different tasks: research and development, design, production, testing and quality, sales, project management.
Job areas and tasks
Graduates in Nanotechnologies for ICT receive today a significant appreciation of their training, skills and communication abilities at the international level, so this is the framework in which they can offer and find recognition of their operations, as can be seen from the graph below.
Geographical distribution of previous graduates work place
Apart from the most prestigious national and global universities, graduates in Nanotechnology can find employment in any type of business, both in terms of application areas and in terms of company size. To date, a partial preference for medium to large companies has been registered, among which we can mention: ST-Microelectronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Oerlikon-Balzer, Tronics Microsystems, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Procter & Gamble, Debiotech, Dolphin Integration, NXP Semiconductors, Sagem Com, Marwell Technology, …