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Before applying


Qualifications needed

In order to access the Politecnico di Milano PhD programmes it is necessary to have one of these qualifications:

  • 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.

Minimum degree required

  • 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. 

  • 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. For the Countries not included in this list, the evaluation will be left directly to the Selection Committee.

  • 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

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)

≥ 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.

When to apply

Principal call





This is typically the timeline of the admissions process - for actual deadlines, see the deadlines page


APRILCall publication
JULYRankings publications
SEPTEMBEREnrollment and start of the programme

Other admission possibilities

In addition to the main call, there are other methods of accessing the PhD:

Fees and scholarships

PhD students with scholarships awarded by the Politecnico 

Regional fee, stamp duties and insurance costs will be withheld each year from the first monthly grant. This amount is established on a yearly basis. Actually this amount is equal to Euro 167,04, unless there are changes in national and regional legislation.

Therefore, PhD students with scholarships are not required to pay.

PhD students without scholarships awarded by the Politecnico 

For the first enrollment and for enrollment in the following years the PhD student without scholarships awarded by the Politecnico di Milano are required to pay an amount of  Euro 167,04 (regional fee, stamp duties and insurance costs)

To know more about scholarship -> click here

Preparation for the call for positions

CV and project

The following templates have to be used for the CV and the project submitted with the application:

Template for Research Project (RTF) (PDF)

Template CV (RTF) (PDF)

It is mandatory to use these tempates; you must complete them in either Italian or English.

Choosing the research themes and areas

The PhD programmes can be structured in several areas (see the PhD programmes page).

In each area specific research themes can be defined within the opening for positions.


The Admission Board may contact candidates for an interview to investigate the material submitted (that interview does not involve additional points)

Enclosing other documents

Applicants must include their diplomas and transcripts  (together with a translation in English or Italian if  the documents are in other languages); they may also include published papers and a portfolio if relevant (document size is limited in the on line application).


Politecnico di Milano provides dedicated accommodation for PhD students.

You can check  the availablity on the Polimi Residence Website 

Before booking your accomodation, we suggest to check where you are going to study because it depends on your PhD programme. 


Selection call winners will be able to book even before enrollment (after the publication of the rankings)

Please see also the "Accommodation" page in "current PhD candidates" section.