FAQ - Frequently Asked Question

When does the program start and end? 

The program of the sixth edition will start on September 2019 and end on June 2020.  

Would a scientific bachelor's degree ("laurea triennale") enough to apply?

No, a Master degree in any scientific field is necessary to apply. 

How many students will be admitted in the sixth edition (2019/2020)?

For the sixth edition of the master we plan to have between 10 to 15 students.

Where will the courses take place?

   All courses and activities of the MHPC will take place in the old SISSA building on via Beirut, 2/4 Trieste.

What are the admission criteria or requirements, like academic performance, TOEFL or GRE scores, research experience?

We are looking for motivated students who are keen to work hard and learn HPC skills and techniques. Basic requirements are clearly stated on the web site:

  • The ideal student for the MHPC has a strong interest in information technology problems driven by scientific research or industrial needs.
  • Applicants require an academic degree, although equivalent work experience may also be considered. Work experience will be evaluated during an admissions interview.
  • No prior HPC knowledge is assumed, but candidates must  have some experience in programming and a competence in one of the following languages: C, C++, Fortran, Python. A sound knowledge of Linux operating system as user is also needed.
  • Only candidates who completed the application procedure are allowed to take it in order to check if their skill fit what we require.
  • Candidates must be fluent in English. 
  • Academic performance will be evaluated as well but we do not have any threshold set.
  • Research experience will be evaluated but it is definitely NOT a requirement.

What is the official language of the master?

   English is the official language. Students should therefore be fluent in English.

How much does the Master cost?

The fee for attending the full course is € 7.000, but there are opportunities to have the fee waived  - and in some cases also a scholarship - by various supporters.

May I attend the MHPC part-time?

We envision that MHPC students will attend the program fulltime. However, for students who have a job, and/or are attending a PhD course, we can allow on a case-by-case basis a different schedule for attending the master. We therefore invite people interested to apply to clearly specify their needs in the application form. 

I am interested in only some of your courses. Can I just attend one single course?

We do not allow attendance of single courses for external people not officially enrolled in the program. We can, however, evaluate this opportunity for people coming from external institutions, industries or research centers who are interested in setting up an agreement with the MHPC program.

 Where can I find more information about the ICTP fellowship?

ICTP offers fellowships to candidates coming from Developing Countries: it covers the MHPC tuition fee, cost-of-living expenses and a return ticket from the origin country (the application form for ICTP scholarships is different from the standard one. We will publish both of them on the website, on the page "How apply").

What's the category of visa that the students will be eligible for?

In case that you are selected, ICTP's Visa Office will contact you in order to begin the student visa process.

What's the time break between periods?

The Master in HPC is structured in 3 parts:

  1. Introduction: HPC and programming (6 months)
  2. HPC algorithms for science and technology (3 months)
  3. Thesis project (6-9 months)

The break time between parts I and II will be between 2 and 3 weeks, while in principle there should not be any official break between parts II and III. Once courses of part II are completed, students will begin work on their thesis. 

What title do I obtain?

The title obtained at the end of the master is not equivalent to Master of Science (M.S.) or Laurea di secondo livello. It should be considered a specialization course and corresponds to level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework.

How should applicants submit recommendation letters from their professors?

Indications on how to submit recommendation letters will be provided to you automatically after you have finalized and officially submitted your application.

Will be the MHPC continue in the next few years?

SISSA, ICTP, Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and CNR-IOM (and all our partners and supporters) are committed to making the MHPC an important part of the educational offerings.