Mechanical Engineering is one of the leading and driving sectors of industrial manufacturing in Italy: in terms of per-capita manufacturing production (2013) our country ranks 2nd in Europe and 8th on a worldwide scale (Confindustria, Scenari Industriali n.5, June 2014).

Within this scenario, a Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano represents a key instrument to access leader enterprises in one of the most profitable sectors worldwide; it is a stepping stone to prominent positions in large international firms devoted to research and development, innovation and design.

Our PhD Programme forms highly skilled profiles, qualified to meet academic and industrial most challenging demands: we will train you to embrace careers and industrial paths at the forefront of technology, responding efficiently to a call for innovation and top-level research in Italy, in Europe, and worldwide.

Facts and figures

Founded in 1863, today Politecnico di Milano is ranked 1st for its Engineering programmes in Italy and 18th worldwide for Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing engineering (Qs World University Rankings 2016).

Our Alma Mater boasts a strong status in terms of corporate recognition, being ranked 11th for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing - Employer Reputation).

The Doctoral Programme in Mechanical Engineering is part of the PhD School of Politecnico di Milano, which is currently mastering 18 different programmes in Engineering, Design and Architecture, enrolling over 1.000 students. As the number of foreign PhD candidates is rapidly increasing (in 2015 approx. 30% overall), with a growing percentage of Asian and Middle-Eastern students, the Doctoral School of Politecnico di Milano stands out today as one of Italy’s largest international hubs for scientific research.

Today, within our Department, 44% of PhD Candidates are foreigners; female presence (Italian and non-Italian) accounts for 18%.

Yearbook 2015

Yearbook 2016

MeccPhD Colloquia Doctoralia 2015 - PhD Thesis Posters

MeccPhD Lectures 2015

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