Programme details

What will you learn?

CE why

The programme lasts 2 years.

In Year 1 you will acquire a common background in advanced methodologies (such as machine learning, signal processing, information theory, electromatic fields) to study, design and control communications systems, from optical and wireless links  to large and complex communication networks.

In Year 2 you will have an array of opportunities to tailor your study plan to your attitude and interests, with a course catalogue that includes all current cutting-edge technologies in the communication field.

Some of the skills that you will gain are the following: Python and Matlab coding, programming for software-defined communications, network management and control, communications and network simulations, network measurements, optical and wireless transmissions, and finally deep learning, neural networks training and inference. 

How will you learn it?


Two full semesters are devoted to projects: in one semester you will study software-defined communications and in the other semester you will learn about  applied communication systems and Internet of Things (IoT).

Many courses include laboratory activities in advanced research labs with strong learning-by-doing approach. Advanced simulators and digital-twins of communications equipment allow easy access to practical training. More than 300 hours are devoted to practical training on technologies in the field of wireless and optical communication, networking and signal processing. You will work on your thesis project during 300 hours; this means that you will be engaged in practical work for about half of the total number of hours.

The programme is closely connected with the business world: you will have plenty of  opportunities to work on your thesis project or do an internship in a company, on top of  excellent placements and seminars.

Study abroad and double degrees

Study abroad

You will be able to study abroad for one semester at a foreign University that is partner in our mobility programmes.

Instead, if you wish to earn a double degree you will have to  spend some additional semesters at the foreign university according to the following:

University Country


at Politecnico


at foreign university

EURECOM Sophia-Antipolis France 2 3
INSA Lyon France 2 3
Telecom ParisTech, Paris France 2 4
Institut Polytechnique de Paris - IP Paris France 2 2
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC, Barcelona Spain 2 2
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden 2 3
University of Illinois, Chicago USA 2 3