IIT Madras launches International Interdisciplinary Master’s Program

It is the only Educational Institution in India to offer Interdisciplinary Master’s degrees, providing students an unprecedented level of flexibility to learn in current areas that would define future of Global engineering and technology



CHENNAI : Indian Institute of Technology Madras has launched an International Interdisciplinary Master’s Program (I2MP) in nine unique areas that include next generation technologies such as Quantum Science.

These specially curated two-year programs provide international students from any engineering background with a great opportunity to be part of the vibrant and world-class learning environment at IIT Madras.

IIT Madras is the only educational Institution in India to offer this Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree, providing students an unprecedented level of academic flexibility to learn and work in current areas that would define the future of Global engineering and technology. Scholarships will be provided for accepted international students with outstanding records.

The Last date to apply is 31st March 2022. Interested students can apply through the following link – https://ge.iitm.ac.in/I2MP/

Speaking about the launch, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said “We are excited to offer these niche programs aimed at internationalisation of the IIT Madras campus, introducing students to a diversity of thoughts and cultures, which will serve them well when they compete in a global marketplace. This initiative is a step in the direction of establishing the Vishwa Guru status of India.”

Highlighting the unique aspects of this program, Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Dean (Global Engagement), IIT Madras, said, “These programs will provide international students an opportunity to learn from world-class faculty at IIT Madras working in cutting-edge interdisciplinary areas.”

The boundaries between various engineering disciplines are dissolving, and solutions to current day problems necessarily involve collaborations between experts in a host of fields. IIT Madras encourages faculty and students to explore at the interface of traditional ‘departments’ via both coursework and projects. The interdisciplinary programs offer a great opportunity to bridge gaps and explore these synergies.

The International Interdisciplinary Master’s degrees are available in nine interdisciplinary areas:

⮚ Energy systems,

⮚ Robotics,

⮚ Quantum Science and Technology,

⮚ Computational Engineering,

⮚ Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology,

⮚ Data Science,

⮚ Cyber Physical Systems,

⮚ Complex Systems and Dynamics, and

⮚ Biomedical Engineering.

Speaking about the curriculum for the interdisciplinary program, Prof. Prathap Haridoss, Dean (Academic Courses), IIT Madras said, “Faculty have carefully selected courses that will take a competent undergraduate student from almost any field of Engineering and make the student a strong candidate in an interdisciplinary area. This is a great opportunity for students, often confined to traditional Engineering disciplines, to explore contemporary areas of expertise.”

The International Interdisciplinary Master’s Program provides a platform for international students with exceptional performance in their undergraduate programs to participate in these activities. In addition to courses in Data Science, and Biomedical Engineering, among others, the international students will take up courses in Indian culture as well. A dedicated research skills course will prepare them for their master’s thesis work.

International students interested in traditional departmental programs may also apply to the Master’s programs in any of the 16 departments at IIT Madras.

IIT Madras is constantly striving to expand the horizons of traditional engineering education and research, and is home to the best and brightest. The institute has a rich culture of deep research, technology development and entrepreneurship, which have been developed over the decades without compromise on the teaching/learning of foundational science and engineering.

The Interdisciplinary Master’s programs – offered to international students via the I2MP (International Interdisciplinary Master’s Program), and to Indian students through the hugely popular Interdisciplinary Dual Degree (IDDD) – represent the culmination of decades of excellence at IIT Madras.


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