Cyber - Physical and Embedded Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English (take IELTS)
The new Master in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems (MCPES) covers all design and development aspects of Internet of Things and cyber systems interacting with the real world. The program provides students with the latest knowledge and skills to make a real impact in this exciting and rapidly expanding area.


MCPES aims at educating the next generation of application designers and system developers by integrating different areas such as physical modeling, electronics, informatics, communication and control, and focusing on the most advanced applications using smart technologies.

Key learning outcomes

The first-in-the-world Master on cyber-physical and embedded systems study programme allows you to:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of real-time programming, physical modeling, machine learning, cyber-security and digital control to design Internet of Things and cyber-physical system-based applications.
  • Learn how to model, design and integrate embedded solutions encompassing processors, sensors and actuators with the physical world, including humans.
  • Build skills in design practice through experimental and case studies, in data analysis, teamwork, and complex-project management.
  • Understand emerging technologies and trends.
Career Prospects

The need of new professional profiles, such as cyber-physical and embedded systems application designers and system developers, opens rewarding positions perspectives both in national as well as international companies.

ALaRI graduates founded successful startups or joined dynamic medium-size and global companies like ABB, Google, IBM, Philips, Samsung, Siemens and Unilever. Our graduates are present across the world, in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. All-in-all, it is an exciting, brave new world of cyber-physical and embedded systems where the diversity and the number of available opportunities is simply immense.

Our new study program prepares graduates to enter a large segment of the job market, with the knowledge and skills which allow them to work in automation, IT, embedded systems and IoT domains to name a few and, at the same time, boost Industry 4.0, smart homes, cities and grid technologies and design applications.

Find out for yourself by visiting some of the best websites for your career, according to Forbes e.g.,,,,, If you just search for, as an example, "embedded systems", you will be impressed by the number and quality of opportunities. However, at a more careful look you will appreciate the fact that, despite the "embedded system" name you searched for, job offers are truly referring to cyber-physical systems with individual intelligent -embedded- units interacting with the physical world through sensors and actuators.

Programme Structure

First semesters courses:
  • Digital signal processing
  • Embedded systems architectures
  • Introduction to cyber-physical systems
  • Microelectronics
  • Physical modelling
  • Project management and leadership
  • Elective courses
Second semesters courses:
  • Cyber-communication
  • Digital automation
  • Intelligence for cyber-physical systems
  • Nanosystems: devices and design
  • Real-time systems
Third semesters courses:
  • Multicore embedded applications design
  • Optimizing embedded applications
  • Reprogrammable systems
  • Specification languages
  • Master thesis
  • Elective courses
Fourth semesters courses:
  • Physical computing
  • Master thesis
  • Elective courses
  • Cyber-security
  • Heterogeneous multicore architectures
  • Intelligent systems
  • Mobile computing
  • Software engineering
  • Trends and threats in cyber-security
  • Validation and verification


The MCPES programme, has been designed for students holding a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer or Industrial Engineering and, more in general, in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree granted by a recognized university in the general domain of Information and Communication Technologies, e.g., Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognised University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the programme, with Bachelor courses according to a study program defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

ALaRI Master programs are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speaker or whose first degree was not taught in English, are required to have earned a C1 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or an equivalent level of another proficiency certificate - e.g. TOEFL, IELTS.

The following pieces of documentation have to be sent in paper form:
  • The completed application form (you may download it in pdf format)
  • Photocopy of past diplomas (Bachelor, licentiate, four-year degree, maturity);
  • Official transcript of results of university examinations;
  • Certified translation of any diplomas written in a language other than Italian, German, French, English, or Spanish;
  • Curriculum vitae (Resume)
  • Personal letter of motivation drafted by the candidate;
  • Official certification of proficiency in English;
  • Photocopy of an identity card or other document;
  • Photocopy of residence permit for foreign nationals already domiciled in Switzerland.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 3669 International
  • EUR 1834 National

Tuition fees for the Master's degrees amount to CHF 4,000 per semester. Applicants whose official residence was in Switzerland (including Liechtenstein and Campione d'Italia) at the time of the final high school exam (Maturit) pay a reduced semester fee of CHF 2,000.


For the academic year 2017/2018, the Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Universit della Svizzera italiana will award a total of 60 one-off study grants of the amount of CHF 4'000 each. The merit-based grants are given to the students admitted to the first year of a USI Master programme starting in September 2017.

Universit della Svizzera italiana organises a contest for 10 study grants for students admitted to the first year of one of the Master programs offered by the Faculty of Informatics for the academic year 2017/2018.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.