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The Ph.D. program in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino offers students the opportunity to improve their competences and to take part in training and research activities in the field of aeronautic and space engineering. To achieve this goal, the course program consists of two essential elements: training and research. 

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Call for applications is now open!

Why Politecnico? 

  • Over 200 fully funded positions available 
  • Scholarship amount: € 18.854,52 gross per year 
  • Joint research activity with the non-academic sector 
  • Pre-PhD scholarships available for candidates admitted within the spring session

Both of these aspects, joined together, aim to stimulate intellectual growth and to develop the ability to understand problems and to critically analyze solutions related to research, both basic and applied, in the aerospace field.

The training program includes the typical aerospace disciplines and extends over transversal topics and technologies, in order to provide the student with a complete scientific preparation.

The specific research carried out during the Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering program from Politecnico di Torino must be innovative and concern advanced problems in the aerospace field. During the activity, progress is constantly monitored by the advisor and periodically evaluated by the Academic Board. 

Furthermore, the development of part of the research activity at prestigious international universities is increasingly encouraged. Finally, the student must document the activity performed and the results achieved in the final thesis as well as in articles published in journals or presented at international conferences. 


The aim of the Ph.D. program in Aerospace Engineering is to educate the students on the principles of science and technology in the aerospace sector, providing them with the essential tools to boost their future activity both in the scientific and technological research. 

The Ph.D. program prepares students not only to conduct high quality research but also to excel in a variety of different settings, including the production and management sector. 

At the end of the program, the Ph.D. has usually acquired the necessary skills and capabilities to handle a variety of activities, independently or in a team, and to communicate ideas and initiatives appropriately, both in Italian and in English, in a dynamic and international setting.

Research Proposal

Research projects are available in the framework of the activities conducted by the research groups referring to the Academic Board and mainly belonging to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Aircraft and Engine Structural Design and Optimisation (AESDO)
  • Aircraft modelling, simulation and control
  • ASTRA: Additive manufacturing for Systems and sTRuctures in Aerospace
  • Boundary layer flow, separation and control
  • Design of aerospace systems and technologies
  • Design of aircraft and of advanced composite aerospace structures
  • Dynamics, control and flight simulation

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 3D Shell models for Composite Structures
  • Advanced flight dynamics: modelling and simulation
  • Advanced numerical modeling for systems engineering: theory and applications
  • Advanced topics in the finite element method
  • Aerospace manufacturing processes by advanced composite materials
  • Atmospheric turbolence
  • Combustion for aerospace propulsion 
  • Flow control
  • Hypersonic flight aerothermodynamics
  • Innovative approaches to the simulation of turbulent flows in aerospace propulsion systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Access to PhD courses in Italy can be only achieved by participating in the Calls for Application. At Politecnico di Torino, PhD candidates are admitted after the evaluation of academic qualifications and the following oral interview: as a matter of fact, your skills are evaluated by analyzing your academic and scientific curricula and by the mandatory interview with the Selection Committee.
  • You can participate in the Call if you have a Master of Science or if you are planning to obtain such degree by 31st October. In addition, it is required an international certificate of English language (IELTS 5.0 or an equivalent one).
  • The GRE General Test will not be required only for students who apply for a CSC scholarship.  

Living costs for Turin

660 - 980 EUR /month
Living costs

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


PhD scholarships can be with own research topic or with predefined research topic.

The gross annual amount of the scholarship is usually € 15,343.28, but the Politecnico di Torino has  chosen to further enhance and promote the value of PhD programmes, increasing the amount of the scholarships to € 18.854,52.

All candidates compete for scholarships with own research topic, unless they explicitly waive their right to receive them.

The scholarships with predefined research topic are associated to particular research topics for which specific skills are required. Those applicants interested in one or more scholarships shall carefully verify which are the field of research and the competences required, as specified in the scholarship descriptive sheet and contact the relevant scientific referee.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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