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Preservation of Architectural Heritage, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #149 (QS) ,
The Doctorate Course in Preservation of Architectural Heritage at Politecnico Di Milano was first held at Politecnico di Milano back in 1983. On the strength of a solid, long-standing research tradition, today overarching attention will be paid to crucial, contemporary themes of cultural heritage and built landscape.


The Doctorate Course in “Preservation of the Architectural Heritage” was first held at Milan-based Politecnico back in 1983. The methodologies adopted are meant to foster the development of innovative research processes; they allow to investigate and share extremely relevant, up-to-date topics that describe the architectural heritage being the high spot of research, as a complex domain of preservation, a strategic field and, at the same time, one of the chief resources of European economy and future. The tutorial activities will be contributed by professors from prestigious schools of architecture and engineering promoting and participating in the debate under way on a international scale, and will deal with a broad range of issues requiring multi-disciplinary knowledge and competence. Foremost experts from CNR (National Research Council) and administration of the cultural heritage in Italy (Mibact) are also involved in teaching and research activities, thereby outlining an unprecedented context in the Italian panorama. 

The doctorate course thus becomes the place where theorization, methodology, investigation into the most significant chapters of the protection of historic architecture and cultural heritage are connected to complex, challenging operating research themes, on-site and lab experimentation of analytical and diagnostic stages and, finally, the experimentation at building sites which cater for the foremost Italian restoration works. The PhD Programme in Preservation of the Architectural Heritage is organized in teaching and researching activities, and calls for the acquisition a total of 180 credits. Credits are offered by PhD courses organized by the PhD programme in Preservation of the Architectural Heritage and by the PhD School. In addition to compulsory courses, each PhD candidate will follow a specific study path including other courses. The remaining credits will result from personal study and research for preparation of the PhD thesis.

The Preservation of Architectural Heritage programme is offered at Politecnico Di Milano.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Heritage and Landscape Preservation: Culture and Practice
  • Methods and Themes of Historical Research. Construction History
  • Science and Innovation in Diagnostics of Materials and Structures. Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings.
Scientific Disciplinary Sectors
  • Architectural Restoration
  • Architectural History
  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Architectural Technology
  •  Real Estate Appraisal
  • Chemistry for Environment and Cultural Heritage
  • Methods of Archaeological Research


Eligible students are those graduated in different scientific fields, such as Architecture, Engineering, Cultural Heritage and Arts and Humanities Faculty.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

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 
  • 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.
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  • 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.


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