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Materials Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #137 (QS) Milano, Italy
The PhD Program in Materials Engineering from Politecnico Di Milano combines the theoretical knowledge in Materials Science with the technological requirements of Engineering Applications in order to train qualified researchers in the design, synthesis, manufacturing and exploitation of traditional and/or new materials. The Courses will be held in Campus Leonardo. 
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The Doctoral Course in Materials Engineering from Politecnico Di Milano covers the following areas: polymers and composites; concretes and ceramics; metals; biomaterials and materials for biomedical applications; processing and characterization of advanced metallic alloys; corrosion and durability of materials; innovative materials for civil and industrial engineering; materials characterization (microscopies, scattering, spectroscopy); modelling and theoretical approaches to the study of materials structure and properties; micro- and nanostructured materials; functional materials for applications in photonic, electronic and sensors; surface engineering and advanced coatings; materials for industrial design; meta-materials; transformation of materials; material for Cultural Heritage.

The Doctoral program is characterized by high flexibility to enable the students to develop their research activity in different thematic areas. For this reason each student may submit a personalized study plan to the Faculty. The Lectures offered deal with theoretical, experimental and modelling aspects. Advanced methods for materials preparation and characterization, ranging from mechanical tests, physical properties determination, to chemical and structural analysis, will be presented and made available. Several Courses include workshops and seminars, with the participation of invited internationally celebrated speakers. During the PhD Course the attendance of the students to Conferences and International Schools is strongly encouraged. Students can use state of the art facilities for materials synthesis, processing and characterization available at the Politecnico di Milano or in other research laboratories. The research activities related to the PhD theses develop with a full-time commitment along the three years of the PhD Program. Stages in industries or in laboratories in Italy or abroad are offered.

Career Opportunities

Several specialized curricula are offered to cope with the growing demandof the industrial world for: i) innovation in the production, processing, application and conservation of traditional materials; ii) development of innovative materials for the production of new goods, devices, technologies. The skills acquired through the courses, the research work and the teaching activity assure an adequate preparation to the academic career.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering 
  • Materials Characterization with Laboratories
  • Methods for Compositional Analysis and Characterization of Materials


For the admission to the PhD Courses a Master degree in Scientific-technological areas is required. Skills in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, and Engineering are prerequisite for the Course attendance.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General 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.

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.
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For the first enrollment and for enrollment in the following years the PhD student without scholarships are required to pay an amount of  € 172.20.

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.


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