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Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #149 (QS) ,
Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering is the multi-disciplinary Doctoral Program of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.


  • Our mission is to train PhD Holders able to reach outstanding positions at an international level not only as scientists or intellectuals but also as professionals or entrepreneurs.
  • For this, ABC-PhD Candidates are not only expected to produce knowledge advancements in their field, to be assessed through appropriate confrontation with peers.
  • They are also pushed to network with their stakeholders; they are raised to be resilient, not frightened by the uncertainty and failure risks of innovations; they are trained in communication, management, networking and other transferrable skills, taught to cooperate in a competitive environment and to exploit their creativity. 
  • Our PhD Program is working to become – in few years from its start – the Italian point of reference for training the highest experts in all the most critical subjects related to the sustainable transformation and management of the Built Environment (environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: Application deadline is May 21st. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Today, ABC-PhD is one of the most multidisciplinary PhD programs in Italy (it refers to 16 different scientific sectors) and trains about one hundred PhD Candidates, distributed among the eight strategic research fields of the Department:
  • Advanced Construction Materials and Innovative Building Technologies
  • Energy and Environmental Efficient Buildings
  •  Risk Prevention and Emergency Management
  • Architectural and Urban Design
  • Complex Buildings
  •  Preservation and Enhancement of Built Heritage
  • ICT and Smart Construction
  • Built Environment Economy and Management
ABC-PhD Candidates are trained for research through the research itself, with a personally tailored training plan, embodied in ABC Department’s research activities, and individual supervision.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • 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.


ABC-PhD scholarships are generally awarded by Politecnico di Milano. Companies and other external institutions may fund additional ones, in the same or in other specific Selection Calls, (stay tuned with PhD School site!). ABC-PhD has a very good ranking for additional scholarships: in the last two years, we have been able to double the initial number of scholarships, thanks to research grants and industrial co-funding. ABC-PhD is also open to share resources and training activities with other Universities, Research centres and Industrial partners, a chance that makes the global number of available places even higher.

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