Research Doctorate PHD

Admission requirements

University degrees

Applications may be submitted by Italian and foreign students holding: 

  • a university degree obtained under the educational system in force prior to M.D. n. 509 dated 3.11.1999
  • a Laurea Specialistica (equivalent to a Master of Science) obtained in accordance with M.D.   n. 509 dated 3.11.1999
  • a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) obtained in accordance with M.D. n. 270 dated 22.10.2004
  • or similar academic qualifications obtained abroad that are equivalent in terms of duration and contents to the Italian qualifications and previously recognised by the Judging Panels.

Where there are foreign qualifications, applicants must submit all documents required to enable the Selection Committee to establish the eligibility of the qualifications obtained abroad.

Only applicants who meet the following requirements can apply for the call:

have obtained a Laurea Magistrale in Italy (or equivalent qualifications that are valid for admission to PhD programmes) with a final mark no lower than 95/110 or 86/100;

in case of qualifications obtained abroad, have the minimum average score in exams indicated in the appendix to the call; (attachment 1). For the Countries not included in this list, the evaluation 

Ex PhD students at Politecnico di Milano can not participate in the call for applications for the same doctorate if in the last five years has been issued against them a measure of exclusion from the course. 

Those who are not in possession of the required qualification at the closing date of the call may also apply.  Following the assessment by the Judging Panels, any admission of such applicants to PhD programmes will be "subject to verification".

In any event, the academic qualifications must be awarded before enrolment and no later than 31st October 2021, with the minimum marks indicated above; or else, applicants will lose their right to be admitted to the PhD programme. 

Knowledge of English is required; to this end, applicants are required to submit one of the certificates listed below within and no later than 31st October 2021, if not already submitted at the closing date of the call.

Failure to submit certificates within the established closing date for enrolment irrevocably results in the loss of the right to enrolment.

Below is a list of the certifications accepted by the Politecnico di Milano and the corresponding levels:





CAMBRIDGE IELTS (International English Language Testing System) all types

≥ 6

ETS - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper based (total score)

≥ 547

ETS - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) computer based (total score)

≥ 210

ETS - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based (total score)

≥ 78

ETS - TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication -Listening and Reading Test )

≥ 720



The said certification is valid regardless of the date when it was awarded.

Citizens of Countries in which English is an official language are not required to certify their knowledge of English; the same applies to applicants who have been awarded or will be awarded academic qualifications by an institute in which all teaching activity is carried out in English.  

These applicants must attach official documents to their application supporting the above; in particular, where all courses are carried out in English, this needs to be certified by the corresponding academic institute.

Foreign students can apply both to the regular admission calls and also to the specific programmes.