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Architectural, Urban and Interior Design, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #149 (QS) ,
The aim of the PhD programme is the definition of theoretical and operational tools to foster the development of a critical approach to the understanding of the complexity of buildings and spaces, as well as to acknowledge the concise and strategic values of design in constructing connections between formal structures, utilitarian contents and functionalrequirements. 


The Ph.D. programme promotes studies and research projects concerning the architectural design at different scales – the urban space, the building, the interior space– enhanced by the analysis and interpretation of the contexts, the investigation of history, theory and critical explorations of architectural design, and an open dialogue with the different disciplinary skills called to deal with the complex development of contemporary architecture.

The main courses and workshops are focused on the following topics:

  • Architecture of public spaces and urban design: methods and tools for the design of the ground surfaces in all their articulation; detailed definition of open space morphology and equipment; architecture of public buildings: typology, composition, structure and interiors.
  • Regeneration and reuse of urban fabrics: architectural design tools and methods for a sustainable approach to built environments.
  • Design of living spaces and social housing: analysis of dwelling models; historical and current transformation processes; future models and structures of individual and collective living places, with a special focus on the relationship between interior space and furniture.
  • Environmental control and individual well-being: design criteria and tools; simulation and monitoring of the microclimate and environmental comfort (energy aspects, lighting, ergonomics, etc.).

The Architectural, Urban and Interior Design programme is offered at Politecnico Di Milano.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Scientific Disciplinary Sectors: 
  • Architectural and Urban Design
  • Interior Design
  • Drawing and Representation
  • Architectural History
  • Architectural Technology
  • Urban and Landscape Planning
  • Aesthetics 


            Eligible students hold a master degree in any discipline and are able to read, write and speak English language fluently.

            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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              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 dated 3.11.1999
            • a Laurea Specialistica (equivalent to a Master of Science) obtained in accordance with M.D.   n. 509 dated 3.11.1999
            • a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) obtained in accordance with M.D. n. 270 dated 22.10.2004
            •  or similar academic title obtained abroad, equivalent for duration and content to the Italian title, with an overall duration of university studies of at least five years.  

            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.


            Scholarships are available on both general and specific themes, in accordance with the illustrated in the call for admission. One of the kinds of scholarships offered by the Ph.D. programme is reserved to foreign students.

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