Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering encompasses different areas, from constructions and construction materials to bio-materials and bio-structures, from engineering seismology and earthquake-resistant structures to structural dynamics, from computational mechanics to geotechnical engineering and environmental actions. Courses are mainly held at Milano Leonardo Campus, but also in nearby universities (e.g., Pavia, Brescia and Turin) and in higher-education or research centres (e.g., International Centre for Structural Mechanics-CISM in Udine and Joint Research Centre-JRC in Ispra-Varese).
Candidates are offered several advanced courses on a variety of topics related to analytical, numerical and experimental methods applied to materials, soil and structural mechanics, including micro-and nano-mechanics, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, the focus being always on both basic issues and engineering applications. Consequently, great attention is given to fundamental issues still highly-debated within the scientific community, and to application-oriented issues, that are of direct interest for the public and private industry, for designers and institutions dealing with structural safety and reliability, and with the environmental impact of the structures. The study plan includes courses and seminars given by scientists, experts and researchers active either in the Politecnico di Milano or in other Italian and foreign universities, research institutions and high-tech firms. To earn credits and to start or to refine their dissertation, candidates are strongly recommended to spend a period abroad, in one of the various universities or research centres that have close scientific collaborations with Politecnico di Milano. At the same time, the Ph.D. course favors the visit of foreign scholars, to give short courses in Milan, in order to allow the candidates to interact with the international community.
The high education path of the Ph. Doctors in Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering enabled them to face and solve a variety of problems, with the attitude of a researcher, but rooted within a solid engineering background. This high education level is expected to continuously provide not only brilliant researchers to the academy and research institutions, but also, and likely most importantly, to give industry and consulting engineering companies those human resources, with multi-disciplinary analytical and practical skills, that are more and more necessary to develop innovation and to compete successfully in the global market. For this reason, design bureaus, construction firms, academic institutions, research centres and public bodies, both in Italy and abroad, offer many opportunities to the new Ph.Doctors, whose large-spectrum formation and modeling skills are highly praised in civil and industrial engineering.
Ideal candidates are students with a MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (with a major in Structures) or Building, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Architectural Engineering, as well as in Bio-Engineering and Materials Engineering. Candidates coming from other areas may be as well eligible, provided that they include in their Ph.D. curriculum a number of propaedeutic courses (at the MS level). In order to enter the Ph.D. programme, candidates must possess an Italian Master of Science degree, or an equivalent academic qualification obtained abroad, comparable in duration and content to the above Italian qualification, and approved in advance by the competent academic authorities.
Most of the available scholarships come from the Italian Ministry of Higher Education (up to 80%), most of them without a link to a specific research topic (60%), while some are focused on specific subjects, typically related to advanced materials for construction (20%). The remaining 20% consists of fellowships granted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, by industries or by cultural institutions. On average, from 5 to 7 fellowships are available on an annual basis.
For further general-purpose information, please contact Emanuela Zonca, Maura Murgese (phdissg-dica(at)polimi.it) or the School of the Doctoral Programmes of Politecnico di Milano at dottorato.ricerca(at)polimi.it