Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering (SSGE) includes disciplines and techniques deeply rooted in the field of Civil Engineering, but also with important industrial applications, which allow to understand, model and control the behavior of structural materials, biomaterials, metamaterials, soils, structures, microsystems and the interaction between external environment and buildings. This is a highly interdisciplinary field, which requires advanced analysis methods and sophisticated computational mechanics tools. The theoretical and applied study of materials and structures goes hand in hand with the analysis of the interactions between structures and environment, deriving both from natural and anthropic activities. Because of their generality in materials and structural modelling, the methods developed within the SSGE are also very useful in other technical-scientific areas, whenever it is necessary to understand and control the mechanical aspects in order to guarantee both design reliability and structural safety, functionality and durability.

List of courses

Here you find the list of courses  of the PhD program in Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering. You can select a given academic year, to view courses provided in recent years and that could be offered also in a near future.

Career Opportunities

The high-level training offered by the PhD program in Structural Engineering, Seismic Engineering and Geotechnics allows PhD students to continue their work along three paths: (a) in the academic field; (b) within other public or private research institutions or companies with a focus on research and development; (c) professional activities (typically as an independent freelancer or high level consultant, mainly as a structural analyst or in the field of advanced structural design and monitoring – Civil and Environmental Engineering and Industrial Engineering). The interdisciplinary approach of the PhD program allows to enhance the experience gained during the study period in different fields: from the design of large infrastructures to the conservation and restoration of monumental and architectural heritage, from seismic design to slope stability, without forgetting the numerous problems common to different branches of Industrial Engineering (mechanical, aerospace, nuclear and bioengineering).

Eligible students and scholarships

Italian and international citizens can apply. They are required to have a degree according to the pre-existing laws D.M. 3.11.1999 n. 509, or a Master of Science degree according to D.M. 3.11.1999 n. 509, or a Master of Science according to D.M. 22.10.2004 n. 270, or a similar academic title obtained abroad, equivalent in duration and content to the Italian title, with a total duration of university studies of at least five years. Certified knowledge of the English language is a requirement for admission. Please refer to the PhD School website for details. Admission to the program follows the assessment of the candidates’ curricula, their letter of motivation and their report on the development of a hypothetical PhD research in one of the topics covered in the notice of admission, to be submitted together with the application. A limited number of fellowships are awarded each year to candidates who come first in the selection process.