Communication Technologies

Communication Technologies

The Communication Technologies curriculum brings together classical subjects and novel ones in the fields of digital transmission, signal processing, electromagnetism. The focus is on physical layer technologies, ranging from the signal processing and transmission technology that is utilized in modern multi-antenna wireless systems to the study of relevant communication channels (wireless, fibers, etc.) and of cutting-edge topics such as quantum communication (theory and systems). Modern wireless systems are thoroughly addressed via dedicated courses, including 5G/6G mobile networks, Wi-Fi, satellite systems and industrial IoT. Theory lessons are complemented with lab-oriented courses. Five mandatory courses serve to lay the theoretical and technical foundations. Then, the study path can be shaped according to the student’s interests (subject to the rules below).

How does the study plan work?

A list of the courses available in the “Communication Technologies” track for the 2024-2025 academic year is reported below.



There are five mandatory courses: Wireless and Multimedia (composed of Wireless Networks and Multimedia Communications), Antennas, Digital Communications, Mobile Communications, and Neural Networks and Deep Learning.



The other courses are chosen among the Core and Related Subjects according to the rules below. 

Furthermore, a soft skill course must be selected, and students must pass the B2 English exam.



More detailed information about the course syllabi and other specifics can be found on the institutional Unipd website.

Our core subjects:

Our related subjects:

Mandatory Subjects

There are 5 mandatory subjects: Wireless and Multimedia (composed of Wireless Networks and Multimedia Communications), Antennas, Digital Communications, Mobile Communications, and Neural Networks and Deep Learning.

Wireless Networks (Mod. A of Wireless and Multimedia) 

Multimedia Communications (Mod. B of Wireless and Multimedia)


Digital Communications

Mobile Communications

Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Core Subjects

Select 3 courses from the following list

Advanced Photonics

Advanced Wireless Systems

Fiber Optics

ICT for Industrial Applications

Information Security

Internet of Things and Smart Cities

Machine Learning

Millimeter-wave Devices

Nanophotonics and Metasurfaces

Optical and Quantum Communications

Photonics and Remote Sensing

Programming for Telecommunications

Satellite Communication Systems

Related Subjects (Group AA)

Select 1 course from the following list

Convex Optimization


Optimization Methods for ICT

Physics and Optics at the Nanoscale

Quantum Information and Computing 

Reinforcement Learning

Related Subjects (Group A)

Select 2 courses from the following and previous (AA) lists

Industrial Communications 

Programmable Hardware Devices

Quantum Methods for ICT

Quantum Optics and Lasers

Quantum Technologies

Soft Skills

Select 1 course from the following list.

Public Speaking Lab

The lab aims to help students improve their oral communication through the study and practice of the elements contributing to successful communication.


The focus is on raising the students' awareness on the importance of verbal and non verbal language in interactions to make communication more effective.


The students will learn the meanings of body language and paralanguage (voice intonation, volume, etc), how they are used in different types of interactions (one-to-one, one-to-many, computer-mediated, etc.), and will have to apply them in a number of assigned tasks.


The lab requires the students' active participation in all class activities, aimed at applying the communication strategies learned.

Project Management

This course will provide the foundations of the project management.


Traditional (such as the Project Management Institute approach) as well as more advanced techniques - such as the Agile Methodology - will be reviewed. Special focus will be put on the methodologies more suited for the ICT environment.

Public values in media and ICT

The learning outcomes are: the understanding of the nexus between media and communication development and democratic principles of access, inclusion, participation, pluralism, and equality; the role and responsibilities of actors involved in the design, development and regulation of media and ICT through a critical reading of the multistakeholder approach; the understanding of trends and prospective visions in the implementation of values and democratic principles in the development of knowledge and communication societies; the acquisition of a gender-aware perspective through which communication processes and practices can be understood.

Fully elective credits

Select two courses (12 ECTs) from this Master’s offer or any other one of the University of Padua, on condition that they be relevant for the ICT scientific area.


These are mandatory activities

English language B2

Students must certify that they have a proficiency level "English B2" according to the CEFR scheme.


To this end, students can:


  • Submit a certificate issued by a recognized external certification agency;
  • Take an internal test at the University of Padova Language Centre (CLA) to verify that they can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Final project

Students are asked to carry out a substantial individual project in their final year. The project can be carried out either at the University of Padova (30 ECTS combining a 21 ECTS Final Project and a 9 ECTS Report), or in an external institution, such as an Industry or a Research Center, either national or international (30 ECTS combining a 21 ECTS Final Project and a 9 ECTS Internship). It is also possible to do the internship in an external institution, and the final project at the University, though we suggest to carry out the whole work in a single place.

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