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Details of the selection.

Call for application for 2021-2022 will open around mid march 2021.

Please monitor this website for further updates. 

For any question related to the application, please contact us at

Available Positions

60 positions (4 of them reserved for the winners of SISSA scholarships) are avaiable according the following table

EU citizens or equivalent Non-EU citizens living abroad
40 20 (2 of them reserved for the Marco Polo project)

During the selection process, we consider equivalent to EU citizens:

  • Citizens of Norways, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Republic of San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Non-EU citizens already living in Italy

Foreign students can find rules and information about how to apply at the URL

Admission requirements

Candidates must have:

  • academic degree, or equivalent, with a graduation grade greater or equal to 80 over 110. In the absence of a Bachelor Degree, the weighted average of the exams will be considered instead.
  • obtained at least 60 ECTS in the following topics:
    • mathematics (MAT/*)
    • computer science (INF/01)
    • information engineering (ING-INF/*)
    • industrial engineering (ING-IND/*)
    • civil engineering (ICAR/01-09)
    • physics (FIS/*)
    • statistics and mathematical methods for decisions (SECS-S/*)
    • economy and finance (SECS-P01, 05, 08, 09, 11)
    • chemistry (CHIM/*)
    • molecular and genetic biology (BIO/10, 11, 18)
    • geophysics and terrestrial physics (GEO/10, 12)
  • obtained at least 9 ECTS in math fields (MAT/*, SECS-S/06)
  • adequate knowledge of English, certified by internationally recognized certification of level B2 or higher, or by passing a test equivalent to level B2.


Available positions will be assigned in two distinct selection procedures; if some of the positions will still be unassigned after them, a supplementary selection may be held. 

1st phase 40 (20 of them reserved to Non-EU citizens) TBA 
2nd phase 20 (ONLY FOR EU STUDENTS) + positions not assigned during 1st selection  TBA 

In order to apply, you need to register in the university system via this link (click register on the menu, and follow instructions), and then apply for the selection procedure in DSSC. In order to apply, you have to login with the credentials at the same link, and choose "Admission to Competitive Exams" from the menu. Then choose master programs and Data Science and Scientific Computing, and follow the instructions. 

During the online application, you wil be required to upload in pdf format the following documentation, for the evaluation procedure (points 1,2,3,6 are mandatory):  

  1. [for students/degree holders of italian universities only] self-certification of the degree and exams taken, or, in the case of students who have not yet graduated, self-certification of enrolment and study plan, complete with exams taken and to be taken. Check the call for details.
    [internation degree holders]  official and legalized documentation of the degree and exams taken, or, in the case of students who have not yet graduated, self-certification of enrolment and study plan, complete with exams taken and to be taken. 
  2. brief description of teaching programs. This you can self-certify yourself. We need to know what you learned. 
  3. curriculum vitae;
  4. other qualifications deemed useful for purposes of the evaluation (courses taken, relevant professional experience, etc.), if available;
  5. English language certification (level B2 or equivalent), if available;
  6. copy of a valid identity document. 

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure consist in two steps: an evaluation of the curriculum  and an individual interview. During the interview,  the English skills of those candidates not having a B2 certification will be tested. The basic preparation of students on mathematics, statistics, and informatics will also be tested. Please consult the syllabus for an overview of the arguments of possible questions that will be asked.   

All the selection creteria will be detailed in the official call for admission. 

Selections will take place on the following dates (candidates admitted to the interview will be contacted in due time):

1st phase TBA
2nd phase TBA 

The selection results will be published in the "Albo Ufficiale di Ateneo"  in the following dates:

1st phase TBA
2nd phase TBA 

Admitted students will have to enroll in the following periods. Admitted international students should immediately contact the international student office for further details on the procedure. 

International students

IMPORTANT: application of international students is restricted to the 1st selection phase, due to VISA restrictions. 

International non-EU students need a VISA to study in Italy. The full procedure is explained in detal in this page of the university website. The fundamental step to get a VISA is to apply for pre-enrollment to the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country, by mid July, 2021. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible (preparing all docs and get an appointment takes time): it is sufficient to have applied for the selection procedure. In any case, it is mandatory to apply to pre-enrollment: we cannot accept you as a student if pre-enrollment deadline expired and you have not applied to the embassy
Please refer to the italian embassy of your country for the pre-enrollment procedures. Please book an appointment with the embassy in due advance, you may fail to pre-enroll for lack of free appointments. If you need help in this respect, please contact via email the international student office, writing to Please specify that you ask help for the master program in Data Science and Scientific Computing in the subject of the email. 

In order to get help for other issues related to moving to Italy or Trieste, from finding a place to stay to health insurance, please refer to the regional Welcome Office.


This is the list of topics that may be asked during the intervirew to check the basic preparation of students.

  • Computer science: knowledge of the basic programming, knowledge and minimal experience with a programming language, knowledge of basic notions of algorithms and data structures.
  • Mathematics: fundamentals of differential and integral calculus of one and more variables. Fundamentals of differential equations. Fundamentals of linear algebra (matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors).
  • Probability: basics of probabilities and elements of statistics (descriptive statistics and basic of inferential methods).