Ph.D. On Campus

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Politecnico di Torino

36 months
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This Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD program from Politecnico di Torino deals with research topics from such fields as Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering. Its quantitative approach uses mathematical modelling and experimental methods which are conducted both on field and in high quality laboratories. 


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

Therefore, this Civil and Environmental Engineering programme from Politecnico di Torino is one of the best PhD programs in the Italian academic system, and it is characterised by: 

  • participation of several professors identified as potential commissioners for the latest national scientific research qualification;
  • professors who are the winners of national research projects; 
  • a great number of professors holding a bibliometric index which is higher than the median in their scientific field; 
  • transdisciplinary PhD projects on the subject of Environmental and Civil Engineering, while avoiding both overspecialization and generality;  
  • many leading laboratories which are of high scientific value in the Italian academic system; 
  • a long line of numerous and constant partnerships with prestigious foreign universities. 


The main objective of this PhD program is to prepare young people who already possess and want to develop their knowledge in the fields of civil and environmental engineering, in which the scientific community shows an increasing interest. This is also with relation to a strong demand – from both society and politicians - for a sustainable development, a proper territory management, a sound use of natural resources and prevention as well as mitigation of natural risks.

Because of the well-known, frequent, serious and urgent problems concerning the environment with its resources and risks, those who graduate in this PhD program will not find difficulty in pushing forward their qualification in the labour market. It is expected that most job opportunities will be in the public sector dealing with territory management, in engineering companies, and in inter/national research centres which address these issues.

Research Proposal:

  • Sustainable demand responsive transport systems (DRT) in developing countries

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced seismic protection systems for traditional and timber structures
  • Circular economy in the building and construction sector
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Nonlinear solid mechanics
  • Some basics of the analysis and mitigation of landslides risk 
  • The polar oceans and global climate change 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

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.

Tuition Fee

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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