General information

Our PhD Programme relies on the development of an interdisciplinary and integrated high-level educational offer, by focusing on a comprehensive scientific proposal, from conception to realisation.

All candidates follow a three-year path under the guidance of a Supervisor and a Tutor; this path includes specific courses and lectures, held by Faculty members and foreign professors and experts, in-depth research, laboratories, and active cooperation with international industries, institutions and research groups.

At the beginning of their career, candidates select and outline a major research topic, whose development throughout the whole duration of the Programme will result in a Doctoral Thesis, with final Defence. A strong drive for Internationalisation tops off the picture: students are encouraged to arrange research periods abroad (up to 18 months) to extend their scientific, methodological and cultural frontiers.

Courses and credit requirements

The attainment of a PhD in Mechanical Engineering requires at least three-years of full time study, research activity and development of PhD thesis; it also foresees a minimum of 30 credits from PhD level courses, to be acquired as follows:

  • at least 25 credits should be selected on topics connected with the research subject, from PhD courses offered within the PhD Programme in Mechanical Engineering (or other departments’) manifesto and/or other Universities (subject to the approval of Supervisor);
  • at least 5 credits should be selected from PhD courses offered by the PhD School of Politecnico di Milano.