Academic Year 2019/20

School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering

Degree Programme of:

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)

Lecco Campus

1. General Information

School School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering
Code Reference Law343
NameCivil and Environmental 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 3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Lecco
Dean of the School Alberto Taliercio
Coordinator of the Study programme Monica Papini
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme
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Student Office (Study programme) - Lecco
Reference office
Address Via Gaetano Previati 1/C, 23900 Lecco
Phone 0341 48 8730

Central Student Office - Lecco

2. General presentation of the study programme

The I School of Engineering’s main objective is to provide students with the technical and scientific principles needed to manage territory in a sustainable and advantageous way. Territory in this context is a natural area used by man with the aim of developing society.

Many different disciplinary sectors contribute to this general objective; however, the specific role of the engineer in this context is the ability to address technical problems of the territory by using certain data (geometric, physical, chemical, environmental), patterns (both for natural systems as well as artificial structures), plans (both to create a framework for structural projects as well as for sustainability and safety), projects (both for structures and infrastructures as well as safety or redevelopment initiatives), building (including all the technological, economic and management aspects), control and safeguard (both for natural risks and structural risks and those deriving from production processes).

In keeping with this, the academic regulations of Civil and Environmental Engineering pay great attention to aspects of measurement - modelling - planning - safeguarding whilst those of Civil Engineering concentrate on structural design - building and control.

On the regional campuses of Como and Lecco, the Politecnico has decided to test-drive a new approach to the problem by creating a new Bachelor of Science Programme called Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) which provides a wide spectrum foundation preparation that subsequently allows track both in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (ELPE) and Civil Engineering (CI).

Furthermore, a foundation degree in CEE follows the same logic and has the same name as that used internationally by renowned engineering schools such as MIT in Boston or Imperial College in London.


The Programme

This programme falls under the new academic initiatives of the Politecnico di Milano and will only be offered at the Como and Lecco regional campuses. In the Lecco campus, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science leads directly to the international Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

The Bachelor degree follows two distinct routes: educational and professional. For both, two tracks are foreseen: Civil and Environmental.

The educational programme is aimed at subsequently taking the Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental and Land Planning Engineering. After two years of teaching in the common foundation scientific and engineering subjects of Class VII, students will have to opt for one of the two tracks, Civil or Environmental, depending on the Master of Science that they will choose.

The programme offers a substantial interdisciplinary teaching, combining design and building of structures with the analysis and control of environmental systems. The resulting professional figure is an engineer capable of building in a framework of sustainable development from an environmental and land point of view.

The professional orientation has two routes, Environmental and Civil, and is predominantly intended to provide students with the notions that can be directly applied in the world of work.

3. Learning objectives

The first two years of this programme are the same for everyone, they are predominantly aimed at acquiring the scientific principles and fundamental tools of Civil, Environmental and Land Planning Engineering.

In the third year there are two distinct routes: educational and professional. For both, two tracks are foreseen: Civil (at the Lecco campus), and Environmental (at the Como campus).

The educational route was designed for those who intend on continuing onto a Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental Land Planning Engineering. 

Alongside the educational route there is a vocational track with specific courses such as road infrastructures, worksites, that offer a type of preparation that renders graduates more directly marketable on the job market.

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The students must acquire 180credits to graduate. In the second years the students can choose between two profiles: hydrogeological risk and structural/infrastructural risk.

The Structure of the Course is:

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)

To access the Master of Science programmes of the school, please see the information made available by the Student Service Area: Enrolment guide of the Master of Science. It must be noted that access to Politecnico Master of Science programmes is not automatic and is subjected to specific regulations.
It is recommended that the school website be consulted, in particular “School Regulations” for related notifications and the “Notification on new general admissions criteria to Master of Science” (CFR p.14 Other Information).
Specifically, those in force for admission to the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering Master of Science programmes are published on the school website, here:

Teaching proposed by the Politecnico di Milano in the civil engineering field increases in qualification and track over the three years, with the Research Ph.D.s that can be accessed, subject to an admissions test, after having obtained a Master of Science, for example in Civil Engineering. M.Sc. in one of the following may be chosen: Geodetics and Geomatics, Materials Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Health Engineering, Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering, Urban and Environmental Planning, Building Processes and Systems.

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The graduated engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering can find a fruitful employment in local and national administrative and governmental structures, or as an employee of private construction companies and consultancy societies. The skills of graduated engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering will allow them to solve problems referring to the interaction constructions-environment, including foundations, hydraulic works, transportation planning, protection of the environment from natural hazards and pollution.

Civil Engineering graduates are awarded the qualification of Doctorate in Civil Engineering.
This professional figure can operate as an employee in public administration or of a private company on all those civil, building and environmental engineering problems involving land and rock, structures, transport, hydraulics, territory and civilian protection and surveying.  He/she may take on a management as well as a project role.  To carry out the profession on a self-employed basis it is necessary to pass a professional examination and be on the Professional Register of Civil Engineers (the same for environmental and building engineers). Passing the first level professional examination certifies the candidate as a junior engineer with limits governing the extent and level of complexity of the projects which may be carried out.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The professional opportunities for the Bachelor of Science are as follows.

- companies operating in the construction and maintenance of civil works, plant and civil infrastructures;

- professionals and design companies operating in civil works, plant and civil infrastructures;

- public offices operating in design, planning, management and control of urban and land systems;

- companies, bodies, consortiums and agencies managing and controlling systems in civil works and services;

- service companies involved in feasibility studies concerning infrastructure urban and land;

- companies, professionals, service companies, public offices, bodies, consortiums and agencies involved in surveying and control.

Surveys of University Assessment Commission

5.3 Qualification profile


Profile in a work context:

A technician able to work on in all those Engineering problems concerning land, rocks, structures, transport, hydraulics, surveying, territory conservation and civil protection. A professional profile able to understand the environmental and territorial situation.

Graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering study programme work in the field of construction and infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, dams, roads and transport, water collection, distribution and disposal systems) and of the soil protection and natural-hazard prevention measures, planning and management, environmental restoration technologies

Skills of this function:

  • designing and supervising civil engineering works, within the limits provided by law;

  • perform tests and verify the standards, features and safety of structures and infrastructures;perform calculations and sizing for structures and infrastructures;

  • coordinate the surveying of structures and infrastructures;

  • manage ordinary or extraordinary maintenance activities on structures and infrastructures;

  • manage relations with the client, workers and institutions.

  • designing works of limited complexity and managing the interventions necessary for preservation of territory (risks of hydrological and seismic nature);

  • provide development plans for the territory and develop basic strategies for management of natural resources;

  • manage technologies and structures for environmental protection against pollution and for environmental restoration;

  • acquire and process, with standard and consolidated methodologies, data useful for monitoring environmental situations.


Job opportunities:

The graduate students of the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in Civil and Environmentale Engineering can have the following job opportunities:

  • engineering companies, professional firms and territorial and environmental service companies;

  • in professional firms and design companies of works, structures and infrastructures;

  • in Construction and Maintenance of civil works, structures and infrastructures;

  • in Public Offices for design, planning, management and check of urban and territorial systems;

  • in companies, bodies, consortia and agencies for management and control of civil work and service systems;

  • in the Service Companies for the feasibility study of the urban and territorial impact of the infrastructures;

  • in Companies, Enterprises and Services Companies, Public Offices, Institutions, Consortia and management agencies for territory surveying and monitoring

  • companies producing plants for treatment of liquid and gaseous waste, for production of energy and the management and disposal of waste;

  • companies for production and management of environmental instrumentation, remote sensors and environmental monitoring systems and networks;

  • construction and maintenance companies for works and interventions for soil protection and restoration of contaminated soil;

  • environmental and/or territory department of big companies;

  • public institutions and services for monitoring, controlling and protecting the environment and territory and assessing the environmental compatibility of plans and works;

  • authorities and agencies for planning and monitoring the territory and environmental, geological and energy resources;

  • national and regional technical and cartographic services.

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

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

According to article 6 of Ministerial Decree 270/04, admission to Bachelor of Science Programmes is subject to possession of a four or five-year high school diploma or other qualification obtained abroad and recognised to be suitable. To enrol in the first year an admission test, aimed at ascertaining student aptitude and preparation, must be passed. To this end, the University organises an on-line test (TOL) in sessions (approx. one per month) for high school students. The test comprises a section aimed at verifying knowledge of English at a sufficient level to be able to understand an elementary technical text. Minimal knowledge of English will therefore be considered a prerequisite which is satisfied by passing the test. A result below the pass threshold causes assignment of compulsory supplementary education (CSE) which can be satisfied by passing the test in a subsequent session. Candidates having obtained the minimum required score defined each year by the University in one of the following internationally recognised tests may be exempt from the admission test: SAT, GRE, GMAT. Necessary details are defined each year by the Academic Senate and are available on the University web site.

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).

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

The number of students that can be enrolled in the study program in the last academic year was**:

Italian, EU and non-EU students resident in Italy: 84

places reserved for non-EU students: 6

Total pre-established places: 90

** In the academic year 2018/19 will be activated the new degree in Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano

6.4 Tutoring and students support

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


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

Study Option in Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Diploma in Civil and Environmental Engineering provides a sound cultural basis in disciplines concerning structures and constructions (and their interface with the environment), as well as in disciplines related to environmental systems and the interactions between their subsystems, like ground, water and atmosphere. This foundation is implemented through a two years curriculum where a number of preliminary courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Statistics and System Analysis is followed by courses in subjects more typical for engineering like Continuum Mechanics, Surveying and Applied Thermodynamics.
In the third year the curriculum has two branches: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Besides common courses (Fluid Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Environmental Pollution Phenomena), the branches are characterised by Structural Mechanics and Hydraulic Constructions (Civil Engineering) and Ecology, Hydrology and Cartography (Environmental Engineering).
The described course structure provides graduated students with typical professional skills of Civil and Environmental Engineers, and also enhances their interdisciplinary background, which in turn favours a larger flexibility for their future professional life.
Moreover, considering that the curriculum is common for the first two years, students may make a more conscious choice for the address of their future studies. With this respect, it has to be underlined that optional courses with practical content are taught for those students who intend to stop at the diploma level

To graduate (Bachelor of Science) acquisition of 180 credits is required, as specified in the Teaching Regulations.
Graduates in Civil and Environmental Engineering must have a solid background in disciplines relating to structures and constructions and their interaction with the outside environment as well as in those relating to environmental systems, with all those aspects of interaction between the various subsystems (for example, water, air, biosphere, etc.) and the interference these have with the built environment..
This common background is provided via a track which initially foresees two essentially fixed years, in which, in addition to the basic disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, information technology and economics, more detailed analysis and calculation tools in the construction field are provided, with Rational Mechanics and Construction Science being compulsory, as well detailed analysis tools for environmental systems and their interaction with the constructed environment , via compulsory courses in Statistics and Analysis of Pollution Systems and Phenomena.
This foundation, completed by other typical subjects, common to both tracks such as Hydraulics, Applied Geology, Soil Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, that purposefully explore the interface between the natural and built environment, is then developed via a series of specific modules, heading for an all-round education in the civil field on one hand and environmental field on the other.
So, for example, in  the civil track, the course in Construction Techniques  and Hydraulic Constructions is central, whilst in the environmental track, Ecology Hydrology and Numerical Cartography are the main focus.
This allows the creation of, on one hand, a building technician that also knows how to address issues surrounding interaction with the environment linked to preservation and prevention of natural risks; and on the other hand, an environmental engineer with a multi-disciplinary contribution to various specific sectors that has the skills and ability to cooperate with those working directly in the design and construction phase of building.
Experience of the last few years has shown that, in this way, firstly student learning is facilitated by leaving the final choice of the future Master of Science to a more advanced moment at the end of the second year; and secondly,  flexible professionals are created with a vast technical-scientific horizon which may be used in the complex construction sector and in administrative bodies charged with protecting the environment, its redevelopment for use in society as well as mitigation of natural risks.

7.2 Mode of study

The Course in Civil and Environmental Engineering requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities.

There are some fields laboratories identified ad hoc on the basis of civil and environmental topics.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

1 Year courses - Track: RL1 - ICA (not activated a.y. 2018/19)

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
053396ACHIM/07CHIMICA A16,06,0
097266AFIS/01FISICA I E FISICA IIB212,012,0

This degree course will not be run in the academic year 2018-2019, replaced by the BSc degree course in Civil Engineering for risk mitigation.

2 Year courses - Track: RL1 - ICA (not activated a.y. 2019/20)

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
[1,0Innovative teaching]

3 Year courses - Track: RL1 - ICA

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
052411BICAR/07GEOTECNICA (a)110,0
[3,0Innovative teaching]
088658----FINAL DEGREE TEST (3 CPS)--13,03,0
088658----FINAL DEGREE TEST (3 CPS)--23,0

(a) Blended/Flipped Classroom Learning.


with reference to what the School Boards established on 26/10/06 and 26/09/07, should a course have less than 6 enrolled students, the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering reserves the right to decide immediate cancellation of the course or to maintain it should adequate conditions be adhered to according to the Board resolution of 20/02/09.

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:


Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

The graduation exam Regulations are in the process of being defined for students enrolled with the Ministerial Decree 270/04. In its current format the graduation exam consists of the preparation, presentation and discussion of a dissertation on an activity carried out independently by the student.


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

Calendar for the Leonardo campus of the School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering - 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.

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.

Webpage referring:

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Student services

The Lecco campus provides its students with the opportunity to develop in an international, lively and people-friendly environment.

Additional value boasted by the Lecco campus is the reasonable student-professor ratio and the spaces available.

The campus also provides a wide range of facilities for students, with a view to:

  • easing and facilitating settlement into university life
  • developing a foreign language
  • encouraging study and work experiences abroad.
  • enriching the teaching experience via competitions, workshops, cultural and complementary proposals.
  • creating opportunities to meet others and relax by organising recreational, cultural and sporting events.

The university also offers:

Tutoring for first-year students

Since 1998, the campus of Lecco has been offering student tutoring services. The objective is that of assisting students in defining their study tracks and helping them settle into university life.

There are two forms of tutoring:

Professor tutoring is carried out by professors and includes informative meetings on settlement into university life and on the features of each programme and teaching support meetings that concern the foundation modules of the first years of the Bachelor of Science programmes.

The campus of Lecco currently has the following teaching support:

Two computer rooms equipped with 70 and 45 PCs workstations. Students have access to all software used during the courses and to internet access (limited to academic purposes). In the computer rooms, the TOL (Test On Line) is taken to access engineering Bachelor degrees at the PoliMi.
Four hybrid rooms in which students can use their own personal PC or, in case, require PC at the computing services on the 1st floor.
A multimedia / distance learning room in which video-conference lessons are held with other campuses.
From all computer rooms, students can print to the print center. All PCs workstations have access to the software package used during the lessons. The students have free access to all installed software. SMARTPC service offers free download and set up of some software packages made available by the University. You can access the web page to display the list of available software.
The print centre makes a room available to users, fitted with 4 printing terminals, 4 A0 colour plotters, 1 A3/A4 black and white laser printer and 1 A3/A4 colour laser printer.
In the Lecco campus, it is possible to connect to the networks of the university directly from your own PC using the same credentials and a single configuration for both access to wired and wi-fi. For more information on the service and the means of access to networks, visit the University website dedicated to the wi-fi and wired:
For graduation sessions is possible to book IT support: 

11. International context

The C.E.E. Bachelor of Science operates within the Politecnico di Milano, actively participating in general and specific University projects, 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 track 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

The I School of Engineering has started, at the Lecco regional campus, an international initiative for the Master of Science, called: CIVIL ENGINEERING for RISK MITIGATION.

International relations are an inevitable challenge for the Politecnico di Milano.

It is essential to relate to a multi-ethnic environment to ensure a well-rounded university education that can compete on an international level.

For this reason, the university offers a wide range of courses and opportunities to encourage contact, collaborations and exchanges with the best technical universities in Europe and worldwide.

Unique opportunities to enrich university years with worthwhile experiences from both an educational point of view and a cultural and personal one.

The Politecnico confronts the international challenge in various ways:

For this reason, there is an International Relations Centre (IRC) at the Politecnico whose role is to: develop, promote, integrate and coordinate teaching and scientific services at the university in the international relations context; encourage and promote the start of new contacts, connections and collaborations that are able to trigger actual international processes at the university.

Referee: Studesk 2
Telephone: 02.2399.2562
Fax : 02.2399.2564
E-mail :

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

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:

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