Master in Navigation and Related Applications

The II Level Specializing Master in Navigation and Related Applications is a joint initiative of Politecnico di Torino and Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) with the collaboration of Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA).  The II Level Specializing Master is a post graduate academic program (taken after a Master of Science program) that provides high quality training. It provides students with professional knowledge and skills.


Overview and carreer opportunities

Nowadays, satellite navigation is becoming a more and more pervasive and enabling technology. In the last decade, users have been able to fix their position on the basis of ranging signals broadcast by satellites of GPS, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) owned by the USA government. However, at international level new systems are currently under development: Europe and China are deploying their own system Galileo and BeiDou, Russia has brought its GLONASS to be again fully operative, Japan and India are designing their regional systems. The expectation for the coming years is to have a Multi-GNSS environment where user equipment will be able to exploit the availability of many signals transmitted by different systems to achieve better performance.

In this framework, GNSS providers are involved not only in the development of the systems but also in the promotion of all possible services enabled by the availability of new signals and systems. This represents a real boost for the introduction of applications in the worldwide market and a substantial amount of skilled personnel is needed to be engaged in production and management of innovative navigation-oriented applications.

The II Level Specializing Master in Navigation and Related Applications (MNRA) is an effective answer to the work market demands in terms of high level technicians endowed with a broad vision of the navigation/ localization world but also with specific skills on related technical topics.

Admission requirements and cultural prerequisities

In order to be enrolled at the II Level Specializing Master program, applicants must have a 5-year (10 semesters) university career. The MNA program is addressed to graduate students having completed a Master of Science Degree or an equivalent title in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Enviromental Engeneering, Communication Engineering, Information Technology or related subjects. Written and spoken English is required (English is the official language of the MNA), together with basic notions in communication theory and electronics.

To profitably attend the Specializing Master program, candidates should have some background in the areas:

  • Principles of digital communications.
  • Principles of digital signal processing.
  • Basics of electromagnetic wave propagation.
  • Basics of software tools (e.g. Matlab) and programming languages (e.g. C).

No basic knowledge in navigation is required. A lack of background in one or two of the above listed areas is considered acceptable.
Specializing master students are under the obligation to attend the specializing master program throughout the established one-year period and to acquire the related credits. A specializing master student cannot be enrolled in any other university program.

MNA offers scholarships to talented students from within and outside the EU. The scholarships will fully cover the tuition fees and partially cover the living expenses (the amount of the scholarships could not be sufficient for the living costs in Italy, students will need their own pocket money). More information at the following link

Further information is available on the MNRA website.