M.Sc. Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR3772 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1880 per Semester (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Università Della Svizzera Italiana Lugano | Lugano, Switzerland
The Advanced Learning and Research Institute (ALaRI), Faculty of Informatics, was established in 1999 at the University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana) with the mission of promoting research and education in embedded systems. The Faculty of Informatics within very few years has become one of the Switzerland major destinations for teaching and research, ranking third after the two Federal Institutes of Technology, Zurich and Lausanne.



ALaRI offers the unique opportunity to obtain a Master degree in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems in cooperation with Politecnico di Milano and Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. This newly designed master program is among the first in the world addressing the fast growing area of cyber-physical and embedded systems, i.e., systems and "hidden" computational devices directly interacting with the physical world. Just looking around we discover that cyber-physical and embedded systems are present at home, at work, in the environment itself, by providing the backbone technologies to design smart homes, buildings and cities, enable the internet of things, support smart energy production, management and metering, facilitate smart transportation and healthcare - and this is only a preliminary and very concise list! As an immediate consequence, the related industrial field is continuously growing with annual revenue in the order of trillion euros. If you are a student willing to actively contribute to the way embedded technology will shape our future, the Master of Science in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems is for you.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June 30. Application deadline for candidates who need a visa is April 30.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 3772 per semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 1880 per semester (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.


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 (Maturità) pay a reduced semester fee of CHF 2,000.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master of Science in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems offers exclusive challenging opportunities to application designers and system developers, by integrating different areas such as microelectronics, physical modeling, computer science, machine learning, telecommunication and control, and focusing on the most advanced applications.

Meeting the real need for an interdisciplinary approach, the teaching plan equips talented students with a unique body of knowledge in the area of cyber-physical and embedded systems. The educational model focuses on a system-level methodological perspective as well as on the development of interpersonal skills proven to be indispensable in today's industry, such as team work, marketing and management strategies. ALaRI research activities focus on topics of great scientific interest and industrial applicability, based on real-life design methodologies taking into account system properties such as performance, dependability, intelligence, security and energy efficiency.

The program, designed for students holding a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and, more in general, in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies is built around three major methodological pillars: the interaction with the physical world, the embedded (networked) system, and the embedded applications. Courses, integrated to provide a holistic picture of the diversified facets, are given by world renowned, award-winning professors and industrial leaders.

Both modular intensive and regular, semester-long courses are offered so that technological awareness, competences and problem solving abilities are built and developed together, within the same framework. These are the profiles and qualifications that industry and research are looking for. Classroom education is naturally complemented by hands-on laboratory experience so that methodological aspects are reflected in real-world environment. This approach has proven to be effective and successful, as endorsed by dozens of ALaRI Alumni, as it naturally facilitates the assimilation of deep technical concepts and core competences immediately usable in industry and academia.

Additional information and details can be found at www.alari.ch.


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. Please refer to the website www.alari.ch for a complete list of recognized degrees.

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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Università Della Svizzera Italiana Lugano, Switzerland

Switzerland USI Università della Svizzera italiana (also known as University of Lugano) is a member of the Swiss university system and the only Italian-speaking university in Switzerland. It is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English and it has a strong international orientation. USI comprises 4 Faculties: Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics.

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