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Information Technology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #156 (QS) ,
The PhD course in Information Technology is hosted at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB) and is part of the Polimi PhD School. The Information Technology programme is offered at Politecnico Di Milano.


It offers advanced training and research activity in four wide research areas: Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics, System and Control, Telecommunications. Sub-areas present at DEIB are: Computer System architectures, Data, web, and society Artificial intelligence and robotics, Advanced software architectures and methodologies, Information systems, Electron devices, Smart microsensors and Microsystems, Electronic Circuit Design, Single-photon detectors and applications, Radiation detectors and applications, Digital Systems, Dynamics of complex systems, Planning and management of environmental systems, Operations research and discrete optimization, Robotics and industrial automation, Control systems,Signal processing for multimedia and telecommunications, Applied electromagnetics Networking, Remote sensing, Information transmission. 

The PhD programme in IT provides successful candidates with the opportunity to acquire a high degree of professional expertise in specific scientific and technological fields. 

The courses are given at Leonardo Campus in Milan.

Mission and goals

Our mission is to develop highly motivated and formed people able to advance research in the Information Technology field. The study activity consists of courses and individually guided study, aimed at developing general research skills and competence on innovative topics; the main research activity is focused to produce results that can be recognized by the international community. Advanced courses offered by DEIB professors bring the attendants to the frontiers of knowledge in those sectors where DEIB’s research is most active. These are integrated by courses offered by the School which give the possibility to develop general skills. It is also possible to participate to national and international summer schools.

The Information Technology programme is offered at Politecnico Di Milano.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Advanced Topic On Reconfigurable FPGA-based Systems Design 
  • Advanced Topics In Computer Security 
  • Advanced Topics In Music Informatics 
  • Advances Deep Learning With Applications Text And Image Processing 
  • Artificial Intelligence On The Web: Web Search, Recommender Systems And Crowdsourcing 
  • Beyond Cnos Computing 
  • Complex Networks 
  • Concurrent Object-0riente0 Programming 
  • Data Ano Information Quality 
  • Data-driven Approaches To Uncertain Optimization: Theory And Applications 
  • Digital Circuits And Systems For DSP And FPGA-based Processing 
  • Embeded Sensor Systems 
  • Feedback Control For Computing Systems 
For more info please visit the programme website.


Eligible students to participate in the competition for admission to PhD positions must hold an University degree equivalent to a Master of Science, obtained either in Italy or in a foreign University.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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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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 
  • a Laurea Specialistica (equivalent to a Master of Science) obtained in accordance with M.D.   n. 509 
  • a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) obtained in accordance with M.D. n. 270 
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Tuition fees on the PhD programmes are abolished.

Living costs for Milano

  • 850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


To Phd students in Information Technology three types of scholarships can be offered, granted from: government (n. 20 approx., yearly), department, based on research project funds (n. 30 approx., yearly), companies (n. 3 approx., yearly). In addition, most of the students without a scholarship are supported through collaborations to the many research projects active at DEIB.

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