Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
The PhD Course in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering is part of the research and educational programme offered at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico Di Milano and comprises the key areas of Hydraulic Engineering; Hydrology, Hydraulic Structures, Water Resources and Coastal Engineering etc.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering doctorate programme from the Politecnico Di Milano aims at providing effective and first-class skills in the fields covered by critical areas 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 attend 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 program. 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 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.

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Modelling Extremes and Dependence in Multivariate Problems
  • Numerical methods
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Groundwater
  • Sustainable Urban Water Systems
  • Water and Food Security
  • Remote Sensing in Hydrology
  • Hydrology of Alpine areas
  • Sea Waves and Hydropower
  • Dam and Reservoir Engineering
  • Climate Change Hydrology
  • Environmental Chemistry and Applied Microbiology
  • Environmental reactors and biological processes applied to environmental-sanitary engineering
  • Statistics applied to Environmental Engineering
  • Methods of laboratory experimental analysis
  • Road material performances characterization
  • Pavement Management
  • Positioning
  • Advanced Geographycal Information Systems
  • Photogrammetry and Image Analysis
  • Data Processing meets Human Sciences
  • Satellite geodesy


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.

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Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1500 International
  • EUR 1500 EU/EEA

At the beginning of every year the PhD students subject to payment of admission and tuition fees are required to pay annual fees and contributions of € 1,500


Fellowships are funded by various bodies/organizations, including external private/ public research agencies, private firms, universities. Examples include Italian Space Agency, Metropolitana Milanese, Breda, Italcementi, Leica, ENI, CTG, Pibiviesse, US Office of NavalResearch. Each fellowship is keyed to a specific research area and theme.

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