Academic Year 2018/19
School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Industrial and Information Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||349|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||L-9 - Industrial 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|
|Dean of the School ||Antonio Capone|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Sergio Amedeo Pignari|
|Website of the School ||http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
| Address ||VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI) |Central Student Office - Milano Bovisa
| Address ||VIA LAMBRUSCHINI, 15 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
Electrical Engineering is the engineering field that investigates applications of electrical phenomena by resorting to electromagnetic field and circuit theory. Of particular interest for this sector are electric power systems, electrical machines and drives, electronic power converters, electric systems for transportation, electric and electronic measurements, circuit theory and electromagnetic compatibility. The programme in Electrical Engineering encompasses all the subjects required to educate undergraduate and graduate students in Electrical Engineering.
Nowadays, societal and industrial growth is largely based on the availability of energy in a form that can be readily transformed into light, heat, movement, electromagnetic waves for data transmission and remote processing, electro-chemical activity. Electric energy represents the most efficient way to convert energy from primary energy sources and transport it to distant places. Its features make electricity unique for many activities in everyday life, ranging from household, industrial or service applications.
Electric energy is clean, easy to control and environment friendly. In our country more than one third of the consumed energy is converted into electric energy before its end use. Electric energy is a precious good that should not be wasted. To attain this goal, all related conversions, from initial production to end use, must be optimized. Presently, the electric energy field is undergoing significant changes that will make the future role of the electrical engineer more and more important as a key player in managing energy and protecting the environment.
Electrical Engineering inherently involves cross-disciplinary skills and covers a large number of different application areas. These include electrical machines, electronic power converters, transformers, wide-area electrical transmission and distribution networks, electric systems for household and industrial applications, industrial automation, electric traction, heavy metallurgical industry, electromagnetic compatibility.
Production, transmission, distribution and rational and sustainable use of electric energy require B.Sc. and M.Sc. graduates in Electrical Engineering with solid capabilities in designing and managing electric systems and devices, as well as in analyzing and processing all related data. For instance, the need of exploiting renewable energy sources, such as sun and wind, by means of distributed generation that complement the traditional high-power hydro-electric and thermoelectric generation, implies a new way of designing and operating the electric distribution grid. In this field, a significant advancement is expected in the application of ICT techniques to the development of the future intelligent grid (Smart Grids).
Moreover, the ever increasing diffusion of complex and disturbance-sensitive equipment (such as, for example, data processing centers) requires an ever increasing level of quality of the electric supply that, in turn, requires new equipment to be studied and developed in order to attain a better immunity of the electrical appliances to disturbances and more reliable and fault-tolerant distribution networks.
The development of advanced fuel cells and storage systems technology is favouring a new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles and will significantly contribute to decreasing environment pollution and optimize the use of traditional and/or innovative energy sources. Moving from a regulated toward a de-regulated energy market will undoubtedly open new opportunities for customers, but will also imply new technical problems, whose solution could be found only by highly-qualified Electrical Engineers.
These are the key topics of the Electrical Engineering programme. It is aimed at providing the necessary skills to handle all processes involved in the conversion, generation, transmission, distribution and final exploitation of the electric energy both in household and industrial applications. Particular attention is paid to the sustainability of the whole process, from both the financial and environmental points of view.
Electrical Engineering has a long history and tradition (at Politecnico di Milano it was established in 1886) and is still providing a well-recognized contribution to the advancement of new technologies that are the key enablers of the industrial growth of the modern society.
The following Programmes are active in Electrical Engineering:
- Laurea (B.Sc.) Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering (first level, three-year programme).
- Laurea Magistrale (M.Sc.) Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering (second level, two-year programme)
- PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering (third level, three-year programme)
3. Learning objectives
Electrical Engineers master a wide-band knowledge of different disciplines that are needed to deal with the demanding challenges of today jobs, both in the manufacturing and research and development (R&D) sectors. Their skills shall not be and, indeed, are not only focused on production, transmission and distribution of electric energy, but cover also numerous, highly-diversified electric and electronic applications in industry, household, and service sectors, in transportation and industrial automation.
A broad and in-depth knowledge of mathematics, physics, and chemistry represents the required background of an Electrical Engineer. Significant skills in computer science, automation and electronics are required as well, since they play a significant role in modern Electrical Engineering.
The undergraduate programme in Electrical Engineering develops over three years and requires the student to earn 180 credits. This programme is aimed at forming students with sufficient knowledge to master the typical basic methods and notions of Electrical Engineering, in order to form professionals able to address the typical basic design issues.
After the B.Sc. programme, the M.Sc. program can be entered, that develops over two years and requires the student to earn additional 120 credits. This programme is aimed at forming highly-qualified professionals with the required skills to solve complex design problems and foster technological innovation in the typical fields of Electrical Engineering. This requires a solid background on the theoretical and scientific foundations of Electrical Engineering, as well as on the most advanced methods to operate electric systems and equipment.
At last, Politecnico di Milano offers, after the M.Sc. degree, the Ph.D. programme in Electrical Engineering, aimed at forming highly qualified professionals, capable of conducting top-quality research activity in Academia, R&D departments in Industry, and/or Government agencies.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
The following block diagram shows the structure of programme in Electrical Engineering as ruled by DM270/04 educational system.
| Electrical Engineering Study Programme |
4.2 Further Studies
The B.Sc. (Laurea) degree is a strict requirement for admission to the M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale) degree programme; the M.Sc. degree is a strict requirement for admission to the Ph.D. Programme. The B.Sc. degree also grants access to 1st level Specialization Programmes and 1st level University Master Programmes.
Access to Electrical Engineering M.Sc. programme requires to comply with compulsory requirements defined by the Study Programme Board. An evaluation Committee verifies these requirements, also ascertaining the possible need of imposing any prerequisite (i.e. additional compulsory modules) to fill possible gaps.
As B.Sc. students taking the internship do not fulfill completely these requirements, access to the M.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering requires earning additional credits that can be acquired through individual courses.
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degreeGraduated students in Electrical Engineering achieve the degree of Bachelor of Science (Laurea) in the class of Industrial Engineering. He may exercise the free profession, once obtained the State Examination certification and the registration to the Section B of the Professional Roll of the Engineers Association of the residence province. Additional information available at the following link: Ordine degli Ingegneri di Milano
5.2 Careers options and profiles
Electrical Engineers are highly employable in the following areas / industry sectors:
- Companies manufacturing electrical apparatus, machines, and power electronics equipment;
- Industrial automation and robotics;
- Utilities that generate, transport and distribute electrical energy (with specific jobs in planning and operation);
- Companies involved in the design, implementation and operation of electrical systems for transportation;
- Automated production of goods and services;
- Firms and company consortia for energy trading in the deregulated energy market;
- Free profession.
The demand for Electrical Engineers has always been high: 1791 in 2016. According to Career Service data, 72.8% of the B.Sc. graduated in Electrical Engineering get a job within two months from graduation.
According to the Technical Report of the University Assessment Commission of Politecnico di Milano, 80.5% of the students who got the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016 stated that they would have applied again to the same Programme. Whereas only 69.6% of the students who graduated in other programmes gave the same answer. In 2016, the percentage of students in Electrical Engineering who were fully satisfied by this programme was 33.8%, whereas only 27.2% (on average) of the students of the other programmes in Engineering provided the same answer.
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
5.3 Qualification profile
Profile in a work context:
The Electrical Engineer is able to face the traditional problems of basic design. This profile is characterized by a wide range knowledge, necessary to face the increasingly demanding challenges of the world of work and research, not only in the field of production, transmission and distribution of electricity, but also in the many and different situations of industrial, domestic, hospital and transport applications and electromagnetic compatibility.
The Laurea of 1st level (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in Electrical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano provides a wide range knowledge, with the aim to enhance the skills linked to basic and specialized engineering, by putting first the methodological aspects with respect to the applicative ones.
The graduate student in Electrical Engineering obtains the first-level qualification (Engineer) in the Industrial Engineering class.
The Electrical Engineering graduate student can work as freelancer, upon State Examination and enrollment in Section B of the Register of Professional Engineers of the province of residence.
Skills of this function:
- apply the safety principles and provide design support also with reference to the costs and characteristics of components and plants;
- draw up technical documents, metric calculations and quotations, and perform surveys, calculations and measurements;
- understand and verify the legislative documents, regulations and technical catalogues;
- communicate with different institutional and professional figures;
- carry out tests and verifications on the functionality of components;
- define the technical specifications of the components suitable for different types of applications in relation to costs, to improve energy savings;
- work in team by discussing technical solutions based on their specific knowledge in an interdisciplinary context;
- communicate in a complete and concise way the characteristics of the technical-plant engineering solutions also to people not from the electrical sector.
There is a particular high demand of graduate students in Electrical Engineering. In 2015, job offers for Electrical Engineering graduate students (both first and second level) were 1548 (against 1170 in 2014). The data provided by the Career Service shows that 44.4% of the graduate students in Electrical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano find a job within two months after graduation.
According to the Technical Report of the Assessment Commission of Politecnico di Milano, 77.1% of graduating students in Electrical Engineering, of the calendar year 2015, stated that they would enrol in the same study programme (against an average of 70.3% for the graduating students from other Engineering Study Programmes). The percentage of Electrical Engineering Graduate Students certainly satisfied of the Study Programme is 28.5% in 2015, compared to an average of 27.2% for the other Engineering Study Programmes.
The Graduate student will then be able to access the Laurea Magistrale of the same class or undertake the work activity in one (or more) of the following areas:
- Industries for production of equipment, electrical machinery and power electronic systems;
- Industries for industrial automation and robotics;
- Companies and entities for production, transmission and distribution of electricity (planning and operation);
- Companies and entities for design, construction and operation of electrical transport systems;
- Companies for production and management of automated goods and services;
- Companies and consortia for sale and purchase of electricity on the Electric Power Exchange;
6.1 Access requirements
According to Italian Law DM 270/04, applicants for the B.Sc. Programme must have received a secondary-school degree, earned after having attended a four or five-year programme, or an equivalent foreign degree recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education.
6.2 Requested knowledgeEnrolment into the B.Sc. programme requires a sufficient background in mathematics, science and verbal comprehension. Skills in these subjects are verified through an entrance test. Should the test result prove that the skills are insufficient, students are informed that they have to fulfil specific additional obligations (OFA) in order to be granted access to the second year of the programnme.
Moreover, a sufficient knowledge of the English language is also required, to be verified by an earned standard certificate.
Additional details on the entrance test, admission and enrollment can be found at the following webpage: http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/
The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
The available positions in the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering are 150.
Applications to the B.Sc. programme by students already enrolled in another B.Sc. programme at Politecnico di Milano are accepted only for applicants who, not later than August 15, have officially earned a number of credits equal or greater than 15, including the extra ones in their Study Plan. A dedicated committee of the Study Programme Council will assess which credits can be validated in the new study plan in Electrical Engineering. A large number of credits earned in several other M.Sc. programmes in the class of Industrial Engineering are recognized by the B.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering.
As deadlines and number of available positions may slightly change year by year, for accurate information on the aforementioned topics students are addressed to the enrollment guide, that is updated yearly:
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The School of Industrial and Information Engineering offers its students guidance and tutoring activities, whose scheduling and attendance info are published and updated on the School web site at:
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirementsTo achieve the B.Sc. degree, 180 credits must be earned, distributed in the following areas. At least 43 credits must be earned on fundamental topics (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, etc.); At least 73 credits must be earned on characterizing topics (circuit theory, electrical machines, static converters and electrical drives, electric power systems, electrical and electronic measurements, economics, applied mechanics and technical drawing, etc.); at least 18 credits must be earned on complementary topics (electronics, automation, etc.). Further 18 credits maximum can be earned in elective subjects chosen by the students, and 3 credits are earned from the final test.
7.2 Mode of studyThis programme requires full time attendance to classes and lab classes.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
The first two years of the programme are aimed at providing a wide background in Engineering. Typical subjects of the Electrical Engineering are taught in the third year of the programme. In general, the learning approach favours methodological aspects over applications.
Starting from academic year 2017-18, most of the courses at the first year are delivered in conjunction with those of the Study Programmes in Automation Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering. This allows organization of classes of even size and simplifies transfer of students from one Program to another, for those who are interested in changing the Study Programme and submit application on time and in line with the prescribed procedure.
In particular, the following courses: Mathematical Analysis I, Fundamentals of Computer Science, Geometry and Linear Algebra, and Physics, are offered to the students of the Electrical Engineering Programme together with the students of the Programmes in Automation Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electronic Engineering. Whereas, the courses on Business Economics and Organization and Chemistry (for Electrical Engineering) are specific for the Study Programme in Electrical Engineering.
Students willing to take a job immediately after graduation, can opt for an internship in a company in order to approach the industrial context before the end of their learning plan. Nevertheless, in that case admission to M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering involves additional compulsory courses in order to achieve the required backgroung knowledge.
Degree Programme - B.Sc. programme DM 270/04
In the academic year 2018/2019, the teaching activity of the Study Programme in Electrical Engineering will be held partly in Campus Bovisa and partly in Campus Leonardo, according to the scheme detailed below:
- First-year courses in Campus Bovisa (classrooms located in Road Durando)
- Second-year courses in Campus Leonardo
- Third-year courses in Campus Bovisa
First-Year courses - Track: R1O - Ingegneria elettrica
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|082740||A||MAT/05||ANALISI MATEMATICA 1||1||10.0||10.0|
|082746||A||ING-INF/05||FONDAMENTI DI INFORMATICA||1||10.0||10.0|
|082747||A||MAT/03||GEOMETRIA E ALGEBRA LINEARE||1||8.0||8.0|
|083563||B||ING-IND/35||ECONOMIA E ORGANIZZAZIONE AZIENDALE B||2||8.0||8.0|
|051182||A,C||CHIM/07||CHIMICA (PER L'INGEGNERIA ELETTRICA)||2||10.0||10.0|
Second-Year courses - Track: R1O - Ingegneria elettrica
Third-Year courses - Track: R1M - Ingegneria Elettrica
Third-Year courses after academic year 2018-19
The third-year courses of the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (reported in table R1M) are those offered in academic year 2018-19. In the following years, the educational offer will change according to the anticipatory course lists below.
| Third Year Courses (starting from 2019-20) |
(*) For admission to the M.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering, compulsory prerequisites are foreseen.
| Table TAB_ELT |
Mandatory and recommended priorities
7.4 Foreign language
English knowledge must be ascertained before enrolment to the B.Sc. programme either by passing the English section of the entrance test or by filing suitable earned certificates, as stated in the Guide to the English Language requirements available at: http://www.polimi.it/en/students/from-enrolment-to-degree/english-language/
English knowledge is considered as a mandatory enrolment requirement by Politecnico di Milano.
7.5 Degree examination
Students must submit an individual work, autonomously developed under the guidance of a Tutor. The work will be defended, in written and oral form, in front of the Tutor and, if considered sufficient, it will grant the student 3 credits, assigned to the final exam. The Tutor will submit a brief written report to the Secretary of the Degree Committee with his/her evaluation of the student’s work and a proposal of increment.
Final exam requirements can be downloaded from Politecnico di Milano web site at:
General Rules for the Final Exam
Specific (EE) Rules for the Final Exam
Information about graduation, degree examination, English language skills, deadlines and academic calendar are available at: http://www.polimi.it/en/students/from-enrolment-to-degree/degree-examination/
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
8. Academic calendar
The academic calendar is available on Politecnico di Milano website.
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.
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
Students of the programme in Electrical Engineering are granted access to all facilities provided by Politecnico di Milano (computers in dedicated rooms, libraries, study rooms, refectories, sport facilities).
Several subjects includes also lab classes that are held in experimental labs specifically built and equipped for this programme in Electrical Engineering. Particularly, students can take adventage of specific labs of the Electrical Section of the Department of Electronics, Information Science and Bioengineering, the Electrical Section of the Department of Energy, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
11. International context
An intense research activity supports Politecnico di Milano networking with Italian and International Universities, public and private research centers and industries. Evidence of the high-quality and high-impact of the research activity done at Politecnico in the recent years can be found in the ever increasing connections with the international scientific community, that have led to several joint research projects with other top-level European University, as well as North-American and South-East Asian Universities.
In 2016 Politecnico di Milano ranked, in the QS ranking for Engineering and Technology, at the 17th position in the world, at the 7th position in Europe and at the 1st position in Italy. In particular, Politecnico di Milano ranks among the first 10 European Universities in Computer Science & Information Systems, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, which are all fields closely related to the programme in Electrical Engineering.
Students at Politecnico di Milano are given the chance to enter international student exchange programs. Different programs are available offering different experiences abroad. In general, students that are selected to take part in a specific program can enrich their CV by studying abroad for a given period of time, earning credits that are recognized by Politecnico di Milano. The different possible ways to access international programs include:
- Periods of study abroad in the Erasmus+ program framework or in the framework of other special extra-EU programs;
- Double-degree programs that consider earning a double M.Sc. degree, given by Politecnico and a foreign University, after having attended a three-years programme;
- Internships in industries or universities abroad;
- Development of thesis works in universities or research centers abroad.
Additional information about the student exchange programs, the double-degree programs, the international internships, European research projects and international connections is available at the following web page: Polinternational
As far as the Electrical Engineering is concerned, two special double M.Sc. Degree Programmes are ongoing with the following Chinese universities:
These Universities rank among the most famous Chinese universities in the field of Electrical Engineering. XJTU and BUAA are partner of the Top Industrial Managers Europe (T.I.M.E.) association.
These double-degree programmes allow brilliant and dedicated students to work in an international context that is very challenging from a cultural perspective and, at the same time, very promising in terms of learning objectives and job opportunities in a true global scenario. The students who apply for these double-degree programs are selected at the end of the third year of their B.Sc. programme, continue their studies in international classes and are given the opportunity to spend at least three-semesters at the partner university campus. At the end of their programme, they will earn the M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale) degree in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering at the partner university.
Further information and details on the aforementioned double-degree programmes are available on http://www.ccsetec.polimi.it/index.php?id=285&L=2
Additional information on international student-exchange programmes is available at: http://www.polimi.it/en/students/experience-abroad/
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
13. Quantitative data
The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.
14. Further information
Additional information on the programme in Electrical Engineering is available on the web site: http://www.ccsetec.polimi.it/index.php?id=107&no_cache=1&L=2
Additional information about loss of student status is available on the web site: http://www.polimi.it/en/students/from-enrolment-to-degree/loss-of-student-status/
Only the original in Italian is valid.
15. Errata corrige
No additional data in this section.