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Before applying

Requirements

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:

TEST

MINIMUM LEVEL

CAMBRIDGE

≥ FCE – GRADE B

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

TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON

≥ ISE II

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

Admission

April/May

Start

November

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

 

APRILCall publication
MAYApplication
JUNEApplication for new thematic scholarships (if any)
JULYRankings publications
AGOSTO 
SEPTEMBERRankings acceptance
OCTOBER 
NOVEMBEREnrollment 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 di Milano

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 165,59, 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 di Milano

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  € 165,59 (regional fee, stamp duties and insurance costs)

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.

Interviews

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).

Accomodation

See also: www.residenze.polimi.it/en/

Facilitated places in Politecnico di Milano residences for "off-site" PhD students

Politecnico di Milano offers to the winners of the annual call for applications, places in its residences, in single rooms located in areas reserved for PhD students. The residences in which these areas are located are the following:

  • Residence Pareto. Agreed price: EUR 250,00 / month. Located in via Maggianico, Milano.
  • Residence Einstein. Agreed price: EUR 250,00 / month. Located in via Einstein, Milano.

A necessary condition to compete for the assignment of the accommodation is that the winner is in the condition of "off-site". The PhD student is defined as "off-site" if he does not reside in a municipality classified as an urban area * and from which it is impossible to reach the course site within 90 minutes by taking public transport.

Single rooms at a subsidized price will be assigned to candidates who have requested them and obtained the highest total scores in the general ranking, in proportion to the number of scholarships assigned to each PhD course, within the limits of the available places. With the same score, gender balance is taken into account, ie the gender that prevails among the candidates placed in a higher position in the same ranking is the minority. In the event of further equality, the candidate with the lowest age prevails. In case of renunciation, the rooms will be proposed taking into account the highest scores in the general ranking.

The candidate beneficiary of accommodation will be required to pay a security deposit of Euro 500.00, with the methods and terms indicated in a specific communication that will be sent by email to mid September. Failure to pay within the terms indicated will result in the loss of the right to housing.

Further information on the aforementioned residences is available on the website www.residenze.polimi.it/en/