PhD Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

Politecnico Di Milano

Application deadline: May
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: November  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Project type: Open
Educational Form: Academic

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The PhD Course is part of the research and educational program offered at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and comprises five key areas, i.e., Hydraulic Engineering; Hydrology, Hydraulic Structures, Water Resources and Coastal Engineering; Environmental Technologies; Transport Infrastructures; and Geomatics.

Classes and research activities are designed to integrate qualitative process identification, mathematical treatment and modeling according to increasing levels of complexity, and presentation and design of ensuing applications and implications to engineering problems and scenarios.

Career Opportunities
A PhD in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering provides highly qualified personnel for key positions and roles in research agencies, Public Bodies and Authorities involved in environmental policies, engineering companies, and industry related engineering applications.


The PhD programme aims at providing high level skills in the fields covered such as fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources, environmental technologies for water, soil and atmosphere, transportation technologies and risk management and mitigation, geodesy and geomatics, surveying, data analysis, archiving and representation. Candidates are required to follow doctoral-level courses which cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from general theoretical and methodological aspects to focused and specialized subjects.

Classes are chiefly grouped within the first three semesters of the programme. Candidates progressively develop their own research project and ideas, leading to their PhD dissertation. The PhD programme strongly and actively encourages active participation to scientific congresses, symposia and summer schools as well as research cooperation with international research institutions. All research and educational activities are jointly coordinated by the PhD Tutor and Advisor

Specific information concerning research areas can be requested at:

* Prof. Alberto Guadagnini ( Hydraulic Engineering
* Prof. Gianfranco Becciu ( Hydrology, Hydraulic Structures, Water Resources and Coastal Engineering
* Prof. Roberto Canziani ( Environmental Technologies
* Prof. Laura Scesi ( Transport Infrastructures
* Prof. Fernando Sansò ( Geomatics.


Students holding a Master degree in Engineering, Architecture, Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences can apply to the programme. Engineers with a Master degree in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering are particularly eligible as PhD students/candidates.


Applications may be submitted by Italian and foreign citizens holding: * a degree obtained under the regulations previous to MD No 509 of 3.11.1999
* a Master of Science obtained pursuant to MD No 509 of 3.11.1999
* a Master of Science obtained pursuant to MD No 270 of 22.10.2004
* or equivalent academic qualification obtained abroad, comparable in duration and contents to the Italian qualification and approved in advance by the competent academic authorities.

If the foreign degree has been declared equivalent to the Italian degree, applicants must specify the Italian university and the date of the rectoral decree declaring equivalency of the same. In the case of equivalence issued by MIUR, applicants should indicate the appropriate references.

If the foreign degree has not yet been declared equivalent to the Italian degree, applicants must file an explicit request for recognition in the application for participation in the competition and submit all documents useful for the relevant academic authorities to deliberate on the suitability of the foreign qualification.

In the case of a foreign qualification it is nevertheless compulsory to attach:

* translation and legalisation of the qualification by the Italian Embassy of the country of reference of the type of qualification attained.

If the qualification has not yet been attained or the candidate is not yet in possession of the documents mentioned above, the declaration of equivalent value, the translation and legalisation of the qualification must be produced before the enrolment deadline.

Those who are not in possession of the required qualification or of the English certification at the deadline of the call may also apply. Following the assessment of the examination boards, any admission of such applicants to Ph.D. programmes will be "subject to verification".

All applicants are required to have proficiency in English, submitting to the PhD Registrar one of the certificates listed below no later than the deadline for the enrolment, if not already submitted at the deadline of expiry of the call.

Failure to submit certificates to the PhD Registrar within the established deadline for enrolment irrevocably results in the loss of the right to enrolment.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
FCE score : (read more)

Cambridge English: First (FCE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at an upper-intermediate level (IELTS 5.5-6.5). It is an international English language exam which provides the perfect foundation for success in study and work. Take Cambridge English: First to prove your ability to use everyday written and spoken English when applying to study abroad.

173 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 547
TOEFL iBT® test: 78


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