Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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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.


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

Mission and goals

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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Modelling Extremes and Dependence in Multivariate Problems
  • Statistical and numerical methods
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Groundwater
  • Granular Matter: from packing to flow
  • Sustainable Urban Water Systems
  • Water and Food Security
  • Remote Sensing in Hydrology
  • Hydrology of Alpine areas
  • Sea Waves and Hydropower
  • 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
  • Geospatial Web, Geo Big Data and Citizen-generated Geographic Information
  • Satellite geodesy
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Students with a Master degree in Engineering, Architecture, Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences can apply to the program. Engineers with a Master degree in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering are particularly eligible as PhD students/candidates.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 547

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 78

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.

In case of foreign qualifications, applicants must expressly ask for recognition thereof in their application for admission to the competition and must submit all documents required to enable the competent Judging Panels to decide on the suitability of the qualifications obtained abroad.  

Admission to the competition is reserved only to applicants who:

  • 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 

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA

Starting from the academic year 2017/2018, tuition fees on the PhD programmes are abolished.


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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