Academic Year 2020/21
School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||342|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||L-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 ||2,3|
|Official language(s) ||Italian|
|Dean of the School ||Alberto Taliercio|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Fabio Biondini|
|Website of the School ||http://www.ingcat.polimi.it|
|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 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSCE)
Civil Engineering deals with the planning, design, construction, assessment, monitoring, maintenance and management of structures and infrastructures, including buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, water collection, distribution and drainage systems, transportation systems such as roads, railways, harbours, airports, and other engineering works that play a fundamental role for the economic growth and sustainable development of the modern society and resilient communities.
The Bachelor programme (BSc) in Civil Engineering aims at providing future professionals with sound theoretical principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science, together with the fundamentals of the core subjects of Civil Engineering (including surveying, mechanics of fluids, solids, soils and structures, hydraulic engineering works, transportation infrastructures).
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.).
At the turn of the XXI century, 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.
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 quite demanding, so that full-time commitment is recommended. 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, either in Italy or abroad.
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.
In the study plan, most courses are compulsory. Elective 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. The complete list of courses delivered each academic year is available in the Bachelor’s Degree Program educational rules.
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 Italian 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
5.3 Qualification profile
Junior Civil Engineer
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. S/he can perform a design or management activity.
Graduate students in Civil Engineering study programme work in the field of construction and infrastructure. Construction field includes buildings, the civil part of industrial buildings and major works such as bridges, tunnels, dams. The infrastructures include: roads and transport; water collection, distribution and disposal systems; works for territory and environment conservation.
The Civil Engineer also takes care of design, construction and operation of these works, and carries out their surveying and checks. The skills of the Civil Engineer also allow to deal with the study of particular problems of Industrial Engineering.
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.
The graduate students of the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in Civil Engineering can have the following job opportunities:
- 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.
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 in Italy is 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:
Politecnico di Milano:
Guide to enrolment at 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
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.
PLACES AVAILABLE - A.Y. 2020/2021
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.
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 engineering subjects (non destructive testing, structural monitoring), along with professional subjects (economy, law, project management) complete the study plan. The multi-disciplinary nature of the study plan allows graduates in civil engineering to be able to address a wide spectrum of topical practical problems and keep their knowledge updated.
7.2 Mode of study
This Course requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
2 Year courses - Track: OA1 - Non diversificato
(a) d.i. = 1 CPS innovative teaching, MOOC.
(b) d.i. = 1 CPS innovative teaching, Flipped classroom.
3 Year courses - Track: OA1 - Non diversificato
(a) This is mutually exclusive with Final Degree Test 2 CPS, cod. 099228, and Final Degree Test ICAR/09 1 CPS cod. 099227. d.i. = 2 CPS innovative teaching, Flipped classroom.
(b) This is mutually exclusive with Final Degree Test 2 CPS cod. 099228. d.i. = 1 CPS innovative teaching, Flipped classroom.
(c) d.i. = 3 CPS, innovative teaching. This Soft Skills is aimed at completing of training of Civil Engineering and it is mutually exclusive with Final Degree Test 2 CPS - cod. 099228.
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:
7.5 Degree 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:
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.
Homepage of the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering:
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
Student services are involved in guidance and career management for students enrolled in Bachelor and Master of Science courses, student benefits and grants, international mobility and all those services in support of university life.
https://www.polimi.it/ ⇒ TOOLS ⇒ ONLINE SERVICES
Student ICT services.
Information Technology Services Area for Students and Professors
https://www.polimi.it/ ⇒ TOOLS ⇒ ONLINE SERVICES ⇒ University ICT Services
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
- Idea League
- 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.
Studying abroad and international internships:
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 average exams if graduated at Politecnico di Milano (see the following web pages), or an average of the marks obtained in the exams required to graduate, weighted by the number of credits, not lower than 24/30, 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