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Industrial Master's Programme for students

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Everything for you to start your professional IT career carefree!

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 master’s students, this is an outstanding opportunity to unite two important phases in life without compromising on either of them: to start their professional career and to graduate from their master’s studies in a nominal time. Participants of the program find a topic for their master’s thesis, get their obligatory practical training done and find opportunities of both professional and personal development. And for all that, you will receive a scholarship of €1000 per month!

First-year students of the Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science and Conversion Master in IT curricula who are on-track to graduate in nominal can apply to the program.

The program suits you especially well if you wish that the end of your master’s studies and beginning of your IT career are in sync. Our partners are hoping to find committed students from the program to whom they could make an employment offer once the program ends. Hence, it is not advisable to apply to the program if none of the participating partner companies are attractive to you.

The IMP takes place every year according to the following cycle:

IMP timeline

The specific makeup of partner companies and organizations varies from year to year. Hopefully, there is something for every taste: from small enterprises to international corporations and from manufacturing to government institutions. Application to the IMP takes place according to specific positions and no matter where you end up, you will be supported by a supervisor from the partner company, an academic supervisor and the program coordinator.

Among other things, participants of the IMP have a chance to participate in a self-development seminar where, together with other participants, self-assessment is practiced on topics such as time management and focusing, managing stress and setting healthy goals.

The program lasts for a year: it begins in summer, when the second semester ends, and ends with the defense of your thesis (June, next year). Bear in mind that the assignments and thesis require, on average, 24 hours per week. The day-to-day specifics—location, working language, possibility of working from distance—depend on the particular partner company and those details are made public during the admission period.

Taking part in the program is a significant commitment which rules out going for an (Erasmus) exchange semester abroad. Students accepted to the program must waive all other scholarships currently held (for example the Ülo Kaasik stipend), the only exceptions being the Estonian needs-based study allowance and travel stipends. Be sure to read the conditions of specific stipends when applying.

Has the program been useful for your development?

Yes, of course. I had no experience beforehand, but this program gave me that. I actually chose this program just because of that.  I heard that the Industrial Master’s is made to be easily accessible for students: you can develop professionally while studying and you get to do your thesis, which I am really grateful for. Definitely something to have on my CV.

Lukas Andrijauskas, IMP master's student ('22-'23)
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