The Phd in Design at Politecnico Di Milano is proposed and coordinated by the Department of Design (with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering. The courses offered aim at training the candidates for the skills needed to carry out high quality research for companies, universities, research centers and other institutions.
The scientific field is Industrial Design. Other fields partially covered are Science and Philosophy, Language Theory, Sociology of Cultural Processes and Communication, History of Art, Design, Science and Technology of Materials, Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Science.
The Programme from the Politecnico Di Milano offers the doctoral candidates the following opportunities:
The designer-researcher that the Doctoral Programme in Design intends to form is a flexible professional figure. On the one hand he/she is in fact a designer who knows how to make research and a researcher who uses design tools; on the other he/she is also an expert in knowledge management, in constructive interaction among different actors and in communication of ideas and proposals. The whole of these abilities is useful in different working circles. Notably: in the institutions expressly charged with the development of the design research, as universities and research centres; in the design agencies and in the most innovative and design-oriented enterprises; as well as in public corporate bodies, in enterprises of services and in the organizations for the urban and regional development.
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The PhD programme in Design admits candidates with a Master degree or equivalent academic qualification. They must have attended a five-year curriculum at both undergraduate (bachelor) and graduate (master) level. Candidates with academic curriculum in design disciplines are preferred ones.
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This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
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Applications may be submitted by Italian and foreign students holding:
Tuition fees on the PhD programmes are abolished.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Usually the PhD programme in Design does not accept candidates proposing a topic of their own. A list of preferred topics is decided each year by the Faculty and announced when the call for admission starts. A complete list of the topics is available on the website is available on the website http://phd.design.polimi.it/ in the section Linee di Ricerca/Research Avenues.
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