Academic Year 2017/18

School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering

Degree Programme of:

Civil Engineering
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)

Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering
Code Reference Law342
NameCivil Engineering
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-7 - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 1,2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Barbara Betti
Coordinator of the Study programme Fabio Biondini
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme

Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)

2. General presentation of the study programme


Civil Engineering education is aimed at training  professionals able to plan, design, and manage buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, collection systems, water distribution and drainage systems, transport systems such as roads, railways, harbours and airports.

In Italy, Civil Engineering education teaching started in Milan in 1862, when the “Istituto Tecnico Superiore di Milano” was founded; in 1923 it became “Regia Scuola di Ingegneria di Milano,” or “Regio Politecnico”. In that context, the degree program followed the European standards of that time: a two-year period, in which mathematics and basic sciences were extensively taught, was followed by a three-year period devoted to the study of typical engineering subjects, starting with topics belonging to the domain of engineering sciences (structural mechanics, hydraulics, surveying, etc.) and then moving on to disciplines dealing with the design of engineering works (steel and concrete structures, foundations, road design, etc.).

In the last decade, the social changes and the evolution of the labour market in Italy brought about a reorganization of the Degree Programs, by introducing a “two-tier system”: the 1st level degree program is the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), having a duration of 3 years, and the 2nd one is the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE), having a duration of 2 years.

Civil Engineering is offered at approximately thirty Italian Universities. Although the degree programs have a similar layout in all of them, they possess an imprint peculiar to each University according to its history and size, and to local needs. According to international University rankings, Politecnico di Milano is an institution of excellence, both on a national and international level.

The Bachelor’s degree program is conceived so as to enable graduates either to find an employment in the industry or in consulting engineering offices, or to undertake graduate studies, or even both. Even though a BS graduate is capable of operating as a civil engineer, within the limits set by current legislation and the engineers’ professional register, Politecnico also aims at producing fully-qualified engineers, graduated from the five-year programme. The degree programme puts strong emphasis on the theoretical fundamentals of basic scientific disciplines, according to the tradition of the Italian engineering schools. The programme is very demanding and requires full-time commitment. In exchange for this commitment, graduates from Politecnico di Milano will be surely highly considered by society, and will usually find a job suitable for their background and studies without any significant difficulty. BS Civil Engineers from Politecnico are appreciated even abroad, meaning that graduates having a good knowledge of English will have many employment opportunities. 


3. Learning objectives

After completion of the 1st level degree programme (Bachelor Degree), students acquire mathematical and scientific competences adequate to cope with the disciplines peculiar to different branches of Engineering and gains technical skills that enable him/her to operate as Junior Engineer.

After the BSCE has been awarded, graduates can enroll in the 2nd Level Degree (Master of Science) program, or in Master and specialization courses aimed at the lifelong learning required by the Public Administration and the industry.

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The student must acquire 180 credits to graduate. Most courses are compulsory; the complete list of courses offered each academic year is available in the Bachelor’s Degree Program regulations. Optional courses, for a total of 12 credits, can be taken from any degree program of Politecnico, provided that they are compatible with the profile of a civil engineer. BSCE courses are taught in Italian.

The BSCE bestows the title of “dottore” in Civil Engineering. Nevertheless, to work as a junior civil engineer, graduates must pass the professional examination. The term “junior” indicates that the profession can be carried out with limitations, as established by the engineers’ professional register. The Bachelor preparation is clearly not on a par with the traditional five-year preparation and undoubtedly there are limitations in terms of design skills and risks that a Bachelor graduate engineer can take charge of.

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)

The BSCE allows graduates to enroll in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE), awarded after having earned 120 additional credits (two years of study). Different curricula are suggested, to help students select their own study plan. The curricula currently offered are in the following areas: Geotechnics (foundations, tunnels, retaining walls, slope stability…); Hydraulics (pipelines, water storage works, pipelines, drainage systems…); Transportation Infrastructures (roads, railways, airports…), Structures (concrete and steel structures, buildings, bridges, computational mechanics, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering…). Students who prefer to pursue a broader cultural spectrum can follow a general-purpose curriculum.

To access the MSCE, specific conditions must be fulfilled by the applicants. These rules are published on the website of the School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering of Engineering:

The BSCE also gives access to other Master of Science programs: the requirements to be fulfilled by the applicants depend on the type of degree programme. 

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The Civil Engineer is responsible for the design, realisation and management of simple constructions and infra-structures as well as of the surveying and monitoring. The curriculum of Civil Engineering allows for the treatment of specific topics in Industrial Engineering.
The first level diploma gives to the Civil Engineer the capability to effectively work in a organisation and a general knowledge to autonomously improve his specific background.

BSCE graduates are awarded the qualification of “dottore” in Civil Engineering. BSCE graduates can operate as self-employed professionals, or as employees in public administration or private companies dealing with problems of civil, building and environmental engineering involving soils, structures, transports, hydraulics, civil protection and surveying. They can act as designers or managers.

To operate as self-employees inItaly, BSCE graduates must pass a professional examination and be on the Professional Register of Civil. Passing the first level professional examination certifies candidates as junior engineers; accordingly, the size and complexity of the projects they can carry out is limited by law.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The professional opportunities for BSCE graduates are as follows.

  • companies operating in the construction and maintenance of civil works, plants and civil infrastructures;
  • public offices responsible for design, planning, management and control of urban and land systems;
  • companies, bodies, consortiums and agencies managing and controlling systems in civil works and services;
  • companies and public offices involved in feasibility studies and environmental impact assessment of infrastructures;
  • companies, professionals, consortiums, public offices, bodies and agencies involved in surveying and control.

Surveys of University Assessment Commission

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)

According to art. 6 of Ministerial Decree 270/04, admission to Bachelor Degree Programs inItalyis conditional upon possession of a four or five-year high school diploma or equivalent qualifications obtained abroad. To enroll in the first year, an admission test, aimed at ascertaining the student’s aptitude and preparation, must be passed. To this end, Politecnico di Milano organises several sessions (one per month, approximately) of an on-line test (TOL) for high school students. The test includes a section aimed at verifying the knowledge of English, at a level sufficient to understand an elementary technical text. A score below the pass threshold results in supplementary educational debts (“Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi”, OFA), that the student must fulfill by passing the test in a subsequent session. Candidates having obtained the minimum score required by Politecnico in one of the following internationally recognised tests, can be exempted from the admission test: SAT, GRE, GMAT. Refer to the Politecnico website for details.

6.2 Requested knowledge

The engineering test of the Politecnico di Milano is carried out exclusively online (TOL) - it consists of the answer to 65 multiple-choice questions aimed at verifying possession of a solid background in the fundamental concepts of mathematics and physics, aptitude for logical/abstract reasoning and knowledge of English.

The 65 questions are divided as follows:

- 30 on English (15 minutes);
- 25 on Logic, Mathematics and Statistics (75 minutes);
- 5 on verbal comprehension (10 minutes);
- 5 on Physics (10 minutes).

Links to the admission procedures for the Degree Programmes offered by the Schools of Engineering of Politecnico di Milano:

Guide to enrolment at Politecnico di Milano.

Engineering Test of Politecnico di Milano.

Detailed information concerning the admission test (TOL - Test On Line) are available in the Student Orientation site

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

Available places

All relevant information can be found on the Politecnico website, it is recommended that it be read carefully, in particular:


Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering – Milano Leonardo Campus.

Pre-established number of local places for academic year 2017/2018:

-         students who qualify for enrolment (Italian, EU and non-EU students resident in Italy): 271

-         places reserved for non-EU students: 9

-         total pre-established number of places: 280

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano

6.4 Tutoring and students support


Information can be found in the web pages of the School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, indicated below.

Teaching Guidance Commission of the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering:


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

As specified in the didactic regulations, 180 credits are required to obtain the degree (first level). More specifically, for the basic courses (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry,..) 60 credits are required; for distinguishing courses (data processing (surveying), structural mechanics, hydraulics, roads engineering practice, geotechnical, structural analysis and design, hydraulic structures) 60 credits; other activities, approximately 60 credits, for student's exams choice, integrative activities, further knowledge and the final examination.

Civil Engineering graduates can operate in the fields of constructions and infrastructures. Constructions include dwellings and office buildings, civil parts of industrial buildings, and large-scale works such as bridges, tunnels and dams. Infrastructures encompass roads and transportation networks, water collection systems, water distribution and drainage systems, works aimed at preserving the land and the environment. Civil engineers are also involved in the design, construction and management of these works. Accordingly, the theoretical background of a civil engineer depends on a sound knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials technology, computer science, and covers all the topics typical of civil engineering: Structural Analysis and Design, Soil Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic Engineering, Road and Transportation Networks, Surveying. Other traditional engineering subjects, along with professional subjects (economy, law) complete the study plan. The multi-disciplinary nature of the study plan allows graduates in civil engineering to be able to address current practical problems and keep his/her knowledge updated.

180 credits are required to obtain the BSCE. Approximately one third of these are required in the fields of the basic disciplines, or A-type courses (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry..). Another one third must be earned in disciplines typical of civil engineering, or B-type courses (surveying, mechanics of fluids, solids and structures, hydraulic engineering, roads engineering, geotechnics, structural design). Finally, the remaining credits are devoted to complementary courses (C-type courses) and the final project.

7.2 Mode of study

This Course requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

1 Year courses - Track: OA1

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
097247ACHIM/07CHIMICA A16.06.0
097264A,CFIS/01FISICA I E FISICA IIA (a)A14.014.0

(a) Annual teaching

2 Year courses - Track: OA1

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group

3 Year courses - Track: OA1

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
099227----PROVA FINALE (CIV-ICAR/09)A1.0
099228----FINAL DEGREE TEST (2 CPS)--12.02.0
099228----FINAL DEGREE TEST (2 CPS)--22.0

Note: should a course have less than 6 students enrolled, the School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering reserves the right to suppress the course, or to keep it active provided that adequate conditions are fulfilled.

7.4 Foreign language

According to Ministerial Decree 270/04, Politecnico considers English to be the European Union language that students must know in addition to Italian.

Starting from the academic year 2014/2015, all students admitted to a Master of Science must possess at least the level in  according to parameters indicated in the notices of the Student Services Area of Politecnico di Milano.

See web page below:


For the full regulations concerning ascertaining knowledge of English, refer to the resolution of the Academic Senate and corresponding documentation prepared by the Politecnico di Milano, in particular: Enrolment Guide, Student Guide, Foreign Languages Guide.

Foreign language guide

Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

Graduation Examination

The graduation examination Regulations are available in the School website. Usually the final examination consists in the preparation, presentation and discussion of a written report on activities carried out autonomously by any student. The amount of these activities is proportional to the number of credits assigned to the final project. 

Reference link to current School regulations.

School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering: Graduation examinations:

Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at

8. Academic calendar

School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering Academic Calendar for the Leonardo Campus - web pages:

Academic calendar

9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

Web pages of School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Teaching Structures of the Leonardo Campus

Student services

Student services are responsible for guidance and career management for students enrolled in degree programmes and specialist degrees, the right to study, international mobility and all those services in support of university life.

Student services:

IT Services Area for Students and Professors:

Other types of laboratory are present in the department providing courses for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, for example:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

11. International context

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering actively participates in general and specific initiatives of the university, such as:

  • Erasmus + Programmes
  • T.I.M.E. Project.
  • Unitech Programme
  • Non-EU Projects
  • Leonardo Campus
  • International Internships
  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Frame agreements
  • Student exchange agreements
  • Master Agreements
  • Double Degree Agreements

The Politecnico di Milano is one of the founding members of the T.I.M.E. programme, formed in 1988. Today, 46 European technical universities have been admitted to the T.I.M.E. programme which allows students to obtain a degree in two different countries. Students have the possibility to extend their curriculum by substituting a year at the campus of origin with two years on the host campus in order to obtain a double degree.

12. Internationalization

Studying abroad.

International internships.

Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at

13. Quantitative data

14. Further information

Reference School Regulations

To be admitted to the MSCE at Politecnico di Milano, graduates in possession of a BSCE must have got a minimum score of 90/110 if graduated at Politecnico di Milano, or 98/110 if graduated in other Italian Universities. The admission of graduates having other types of diploma is conditional upon the evaluation of a specific board.

Requirements for the admission to the Master of Science – School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering:

For further information, it is recommended to regularly check and read carefully the following web pages of the School:

15. Errata corrige