Industrial Master's Programme for partners
Partners may again join the program during Q1 of 2024.
Come take a soon-to-be leading IT specialist under your wing!
The Industrial Master’s Programme (IMP) is a practical study program that brings together praiseworthy master’s students from the Institute of Computer Science and companies or establishments that seek heirs to their leading IT specialists.
For our partners, the IMP is an outstanding opportunity to find an individual among the next generation with a specific profile that fits their needs. By participating in the program, partners bring a systematic and scientific approach to their projects, and in the form of the academic supervisor to the student, have access to the expertise of a given field.
The IMP takes place every year according to the following cycle:
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The program is for second-year (i.e., final-year) master’s students from four curricula: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Conversion Master in IT. Students from those curricula acquire knowledge and skills to face a variety of IT-related challenges:
- software engineering (from requirements’ analysis to QA);
- algorithms and programming;
- distributed systems and IoT;
- machine learning and artificial intelligence;
- data science and databases;
- business analysis and IT management.
By the time collaboration begins, the students have acquired all core courses and a majority of specialization courses. If the partner feels that the applying student lacks knowledge and skills in a specific domain, the student can additionally take corresponding courses during the program.
The prerequisite for joining the program is that the partner must think through whom they are expecting to join them and what they would be doing there. The program manager will support you in figuring it all out. The most important aspects to figure out are:
- who will be the student’s supervisor in the company;
- what will the general assignments be about;
- what are the potential topics for master’s thesis;
- whether you want to communicate in Estonian and/or English.
If a partner reaches an agreement with an applying student, a three-way agreement will be signed between the student, the partner and the university. With the agreement, the partner takes the obligation to pay €1500 (+VAT) per month, €900 of which the student receives as a scholarship.
What are the expectations for the supervisor designated by the partner?
The supervisor designated by the partner:
- is responsible that the student is on-boarded to the partner;
- formulates the internship assignments and provides feedback;
- ensures that the student and the academic supervisor get the necessary input for the master’s thesis;
- provides feedback to the program manager.
What is the role of the academic supervisor?
The principal objective of the academic supervisor is to make sure that the master’s thesis meets the partner’s expectations and the academic requirements. In addition to this, the academic supervisor may be consulted regarding other topics that the student tackles during the program.
What happens when the applying students don’t include a suitable candidate?
If that’s the case, there is no obligation to sign the contract and continue with the program.
What will happen once the student graduates the program?
Once the student successfully finishes the program, they will have also graduated from the university. By all accounts they have adapted to the day-to-day operations of the partner — if the fit is good, an employment offer may be made. There is no obligation to do so, however.
On the one hand, we want to do our part in helping the students get practical experience in data science, but on the other hand, this is clearly a profitable project for ourselves. Our own data science projects tend to be very strongly practically oriented, but in this program we can undertake things that maybe involve a certain scientific component.