Master in Digital Technology Management / Artificial Intelligence

Interpreting reality

The Artificial Intelligence track of the Master in Digital Technology Management is designed to recognize the business opportunities presented by technological innovation and open them up to the technical-managerial leaders of the future, thanks to a highly specialized pathway.

For modern companies, artificial intelligence plays an important role in decision-making when it comes to production and organization dynamics, where it is used to pinpoint areas for improvement. This course equips participants with tools and techniques that enable them to map state-of-the-art business processes and identify areas of potential, machine-based solutions and innovative applications to boost business growth.

Investing in the Master in Digital Technology Management in Artificial Intelligence enables you to become an advocate for digital transformation, promoting and supporting a transition that has all the hallmarks of a global industrial revolution.

Professionals who have decided to grasp this opportunity see it as a chance to complement a purely technical background with a management qualification, allowing them to become representatives capable of dealing with top-level management so that innovation can be placed at the heart of business decisions.

The master, which will be held in English, is structured into two classroom-based lessons and one final internship period over a total of 12 months. Participants will undertake the first term of lessons – an introduction to management in Digital Technology – alongside students from the other two specialist tracks of the Master (Cyber Security and Digital Project Management).

Companies need to rely on managers who can visualize new scenarios. Contact the master Program Manager to begin this pathway.



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Maurizio Gabbrielli

Maurizio Gabbrielli

Director of Studies

" Artificial Intelligence is deeply transforming any aspect of our life, including our jobs and our business activities. Ranging from deep learning theory to Industry 4.0 applications, this master will focus on the main techniques and tools which are at the heart of this transformation, explaining their potentialities and illustrating their use in the production systems of many innovative companies. Together with an advanced technical knowledge of new AI techniques, the master will provide the management skills which are needed to turn these techniques into business opportunities and to tackle the emerging challenges for enterprises. "


The Master in Digital Technology Management is a full-time program structured in 1,500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 400 hours of lecturing, an estimated 600 hours of independent study, and 500 hours of internship.

The structure of the Master is divided into two terms:

  • First term: December 2017 – April 2018
  • Second term: April 2018 – July 2018
  • Internship: September 2018 – December 2018

The first term students will face the fundamentals of management, applied to digital technology, while the second term will deal with track specific practical aspects.

The two terms are followed by an internship period of 500 hours. This internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. Students will have the chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the two academic terms and have the opportunity to directly learn from professionals of their specific sector.

At the end of the internship you will be required to hand in a ‘Final Report’, which you will present to the Director of Studies showcasing your activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the academic part.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.

Classroom participation is about 30 hours per week structured in order to allow time to work in groups, while not neglecting individual students focus and management of interpersonal relationships.



Computer vision pursues understanding the content of digital images through a large corpus of techniques drawing from a variety of diverse fields. These include, among the others, signal and information theory, calculus, geometry and linear algebra, probability and statistics, optimization, machine learning.


Computer vision has emerged through the last three decades as a key process technology to realize inspection and assembly of manufactured goods. Moreover, thanks to recent breakthroughs in image sensing and analysis, we now witness ever-increasing deployment of computer vision within products as widespread as  cars, gaming consoles, apps, personal computers, home appliances.


The course will present an overview of some of the most effective computer vision techniques alongside with examples dealing with both “in process” and “in product” applications.

Managers and Domain Experts face quite often the challenge of taking decisions on complex matters, characterized by a highly complex scenario, and huge quantity of data and/or knowledge and/or analytical models. Decision Support Systems (DSS) are a class of tools that help the users to understand pros and cons of possible alternative decisions, thus augmenting the awareness of the decision maker about the decision process and its impact.

A first part of the course is devoted to tools and solutions for representing the knowledge and the decision process adopted by Domain Experts. Decision criteria and rules can be documented in a formal, still human-readable way and, more important, can be used to feed software (such as Rule Engines) to fully automatize part of, or whole decision processes. Recent standards like, e.g., the Decision Model and Notation (DMN), will be introduced during a hands-on session, where the audience will directly experiment the advantages of documenting and automatizing decision processes by means of rule-based approaches.

A second part of this course is devoted to introduce the audience to DSS that exploit data and machine learning techniques to learn models of complex domains. These models are in turn used to predict and simulate the scenarios, so as to compare alternative decisions and their expected effects. Visualization techniques then help the decision maker to confront different decisions, w.r.t. optimal solutions for a given objective, or multi-objective decision criteria.

The course will cover a variety of themes which are emerging as the most prominent ones in the context of digital culture.The following is a preliminary list of the topics that will be considered. 1. Computing: Meaning and Limitations (from Kurt Godel & Alan Turing to Quantum and Beyond). 2. Counter Culture vs. Cyber Culture (Stewart Brand & Bob Taylor, a la' carte). 3. Coding: Meaning and Perspectives. 4. The Internet: Lo and Behold. 5. History of Computation. 6. The New Rise of AI: Of Men and Machines. 7. Text Digitization + Literary Analysis + Maps + Interactive Media + Games + Design + Media Art = Digital Humanities? 8. Big Brother in Action: Surveillance, Hacking, Privacy, Cyber-security and Data. 9. Ethics, Moral Responsibility and Accountability of Computing. 10. The Economics of the New Web.

Since the first mechanical automations of the 17th century, one of the great dreams of the humanity has been the construction of machines exhibiting human behaviors and intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a discipline whose goal is to realize this dream by using the most different techniques, from symbolic computation based on logic to sub-symbolic models inspired by the structure of the brain, such as neural networks.

The last few years have witnessed a sensational exploit of AI applications in many different fields - with a relevant growth of investments - inducing many experts to believe that the dream will come true in a short time.

This is inducing many companies to reconsider their business strategies and, more generally, requires a deep rethinking of several crucial aspects of our society.

The course will provide an introductory overview of the various existing AI techniques, focusing on their industrial applications, discussing future opportunities and challenges, touching also on some social, economic and ethic implications.

It’s undeniable that mankind strive to build unbreakable systems, even if human history has demonstrated so far that this is nothing more than a myth. The real world is mainly made of fragile systems, so that reality is much different from the expectations.

The goal of this course is to provide a basic knowledge concerning the main concepts and principles of computer security (e.g. risk, tools for risk assessment and evaluation, attacks and their typical structure, resources, functional systems requirements, human component). In this way, the course will provide the basic tools for the design and implementation of reasonably secure systems. During this process, either methodological, technological and behavioral (i.e. operation security) aspects will be considered.

After the course, the students should be able to critically evaluate the security of a (computer) system considering both the system as a whole and its main separated components (e.g. authentication and authorization mechanisms and procedures). They will also be able to find the main vulnerabilities of such a system and to identify the more appropriate countermeasures to allow the mitigation of vulnerabilities and reduce the risk to an acceptable level.

The goals described above will be obtained not only by teaching some of the main theoretical aspects of computer security but also by describing and discussing many real world examples in detail.

The approach and the tools learned during this course are prerequisites for the following “Cryptographic Protocols” and “Computer, Network and Cloud Security” courses.

The course provides an overview on the Machine learning field, with a particular emphasis on
symbolic learning techniques (sub symbolic techniques will be covered by the course on Neural Networks).

The main learning problems and paradigms will be introduced along with examples explaining how to
use the learned models into decision support systems.

Application areas that will be covered have industrial impact in fields as automotive, energy management,
predictive maintenance and policy making.
The course will cover both lectures and hands-on sessions.

Neural networks are a class of machine learning algorithms, originally inspired by the brain, structured in layers of interconnected artificial neurons.

The network can be trained on data to optimize its connections to a specific task.


Deep neural networks, that is networks with multiple internal (so called hidden) layers, have recently seen a lot of success at practical applications. They’re at the heart of production systems at companies like Google and Facebook for image classification, speech recognition, natural language processing, language understanding or robotics.


The course gives an overview of the foundational ideas and the recent advances in neural nets, explaining the potentialities of the topic for practical purposes. We shall cover supervised and unsupervised techniques, methods for visualizing and understanding the behavior on neural nets, as well as adversarial techniques to fool them. We shall also hints to recent applications in the field of reinforcement learning, and some amazing results in game simulation. 

The goal of the course is to give the participants an exhaustive overview of ICT hardware, software and services currently used within companies, as well as to illustrate some trend directions and next-generation technologies which might be adopted in business.

Starting from traditional tools like ERP and DBMS, the course introduces the area of information systems, presenting up-to-date techniques and software enabling the data storage, retrieval and knowledge extraction.

Then, it investigates the business opportunities, potential and applications within companies of emerging areas like mobile applications, cloud technologies and the Internet of Things.

This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Provides training and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work breakdown structures, network diagrams, risk management, earned value management, and other tools.

The course also addresses the main organizational issues in managing projects and leading project teams. It is fully aligned with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards.

This course focuses on the study of processes required to create value for a final consumer, through the contribution of a network of companies (generally labelled as “supply chain”). Basic as well as more advanced elements of supply chain structure and management, purchasing processes and supplier management will be analysed. Special focus will be devoted to concepts and applications of “digital supply chains.

Learning method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid grounding of theory and then to build on this foundation by introducing more practical aspects. This method will result in you confidently entering the work environment of this industry, ready to deal with any scenario you will face.

The courses are structured to give the maximum freedom to learn to the students and allow the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as, of course, class participation.

The teaching sessions are organized to help students grasp these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; as well as individual assignments and assisted private studying. The teaching program is completed by masters lectures given by professionals coming from specific sectors, different universities or politics. Students will have this way the possibility to directly interact with experts through the analysis of case history.



The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Digital Technology Management too.
The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.
The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the full-time masters at Bologna Business School on average 90% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.


To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview
  • The labor market in Italy


In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Mock interviews
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions


Finally, all students can use Job Teaser, a career platform allowing them to be constantly updated on events and job postings in our partners companies, and much more.


The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals


If you need more information regarding the composition of the class such as age, geographic origin and students’ background, you can download the class profile, clicking here: class profile_DigitalTec


Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

Bologna Business School’s partner companies for the Master in Digital Technology Management are:




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The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euro (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within BBS Campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna:


Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”,  a long-term and low-interest honor loan.Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • No early closing fees


Download the description document here.


At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and  scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.



For the registration it is necessary:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must be obtained by the enrollment deadline)
  • English language proficiency

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of your individual interview and English test, if it’s not the candidate’s native language.


This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round.

Application steps:

Documents to send to

  • CV
  • Degree certificate with accompanying transcript
  • Photocopy of you ID or passport
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt for the application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)

The selection process will be held at  Bologna Business School. The selections for the first round will take place in July, 2018
 and the selections for the second round will take place in October, 2018.
In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.

Detailed information on the requirements and application process are available in the “Official Call for Applications” downloadable below.


Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
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