Academic Year 2020/21
School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Industrial and Information Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||469|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||LM-20 - Aerospatial and astronautic engineering|
|Degree level ||Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2010/2011|
|Official length of the programme ||2|
|Years of the programme already activated ||1,2|
|Official language(s) ||The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme is offered in English but the degree programme meets the requirements of MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) note of 11.07.2018 and the CUN opinion of 10.23.2018.|
|Dean of the School ||Antonio Capone|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Lorenzo Dozio|
|Website of the School ||http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Central Student Office - Milano Bovisa
| Address ||VIA LAMBRUSCHINI, 15 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
Since the dawn of aviation, Lombardy has played a prominent role within the related Italian industry and research community, as witnessed by the long standing local presence of several well known aerospace companies: SIAI Marchetti, Caproni, Aermacchi, Costruzioni Aeronautiche G. Agusta. All those industries have contributed significantly both to the evolution of Aeronautics and to expansion of the regional and national economy during the 20th century and, hopefully, beyond.
Nowadays the domestic panorama is largely dominated by Leonardo SpA, a big national holding which integrates activities of former independent aerospace industries such as AgustaWestland (one of the world leaders in the vertical takeoff aircraft industry), Alenia Aermacchi (prominent player within the military trainers sector) and Selex-Galileo (active in the space industry). Other smaller and lively industries, especially in the equipment area, can provide advanced services and technologies.
The contribution of the entire aerospace sector to the Italian economy is quite significant, especially in view of its high technology content.
Development of the educational offer
Such a long history of an outstanding aerospace industry strongly well anchored in Lombardy has been a constant provider of a momentum capable of driving, diffunding and rooting a mature and dynamic aeronautical mentality and culture which have created the natural humus for the creation of a school of aeronautical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano since its very birth. Following a first seminal course on aviation in 1909 and a minor, yet qualified presence, up to the Second World War, the first Politecnico di Milano formal graduates in aeronautics apperead in 1952, albeit only as an aeronautical specialization of the official course in Mechanical Engineering. However an official curriculum in Aeronautical Engineering was born shortly afterward, becoming one in Aerospace Engineering eventually. Such a course has been a consolidated reality for many years and is well-known throughout Italy and Europe.
In recent years, the evolution of air transportations and the presence of numerous international airports in the region, with the related technical, maintainance and logistic companies, has spurred the expansion of the aeronautical curricula so to include new courses aimed at preparing engineers to be employed in air transport and navigation services, be they airlines, airport management authorities and companies involved.
Such a lively and thriving environment has brought a body of university professors carrying out basic and applied research in most of the involved disciplines, cooperating with national and international industry and research institutions, supporting education in terms of content and teaching methods, with a positive impact on teaching delivered.
The current offering is therefore the evolution of a well estabilished historic path. Aerospace training at the Politecnico di Milano today is organised in three cycles: Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and in Space Engineering, eventually followed by a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering.
The Mission is to prepare engineers capable of successfully addressing multi-inter-disciplinary contexts in dynamic and highly international environments, combining solid scientific and engineering foundations with specific aerospace engineering concepts which, according to the education level, should make an engineer well capable of analysing, understanding and managing problems typical of the sector as well as of related scientific and technological areas.
From the technical and scientific point of view, such a Mission implies pursuing three levels of improved knowledge and understanding of typical aerospace engineering issues.
3. Learning objectives
The aerospace sector requires highly professional engineers, capable of successfully working in extremely interdisciplinary areas of high technological, efficiency and safety levels, in a continually evolving and markedly international competition context. The many facets related to aircraft design, production and operation, with the related complexity and interplay of the many individual components involved in the game, requires an utmost level of engineering coordination and integration, well balancing the skills and capabilities of a high number of subjects (aerodynamics, structures, flight mechanics, controls, plant, propulsion, ...) so to achieve both a successful project and its profitable operation (airport logistics, aircraft fleet maintenance and management, …).
Therefore the overall educational aim of the Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering is that of preparing highly qualified technicians, both from a cultural and professional standpoint, capable of carrying out and managing the many activities related to: research, design and operation, in the fields of: aerodynamics, structures and materials, plant and systems, aerospace propulsion.
The knowledge gained in the various courses is taught in such a way as to not only ensure its acquisition but also to develop interdisciplinary skills and the aptitude to face new and complex problems in a scientifically rigorous manner. In particular, all levels of the Programme aim at maintaining and strengthening the ability to translate knowledge into practice, pursuing the following learning results:
Knowledge and understanding
Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the main issues characterising the aeronautical context and, in particular: aerodynamics, dynamics of flight, aerospace structures, structural dynamics and control and aeroservoelasticity. Such elements are considered essential for satisfying the learning and professional objectives a student should assign to her/himself in choosing the courses to be taken to ensure also a consolidation of her/his capabilities to self expand and continuously update her/his knowledge toward new skills and operating conditions met along its career.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Graduates must be able to analyse and solve engineering problems suitable for their level of knowledge, autonomously elaborating their own skills, working in cooperation with people with any technical level, using consolidated methodologies, from analytical-numerical modelling to experimentation, whilst recognising their limitations and potential to exploit them at their best.
Graduates must acquire the skills needed to conduct complex studies on technical issues at their level of knowledge, using various and appropriate tools, from bibliographic research to consulting regulations and carrying out numerical and/or experimental investigations. These skills must lead to being able to formulate judgements whilst always being aware of the complexity of typical aerospace engineering problems and of the need of any appropriate in-depth analysis.
The Master of Science graduate in Aeronautical Engineering must acquire the abilities needed to: draft reports and make oral presentations using state-of-the-art tools; communicate, in an effective manner, in a national and international context, both orally and in writing.
The educational project which the student can define, based on the: basic course structure, teaching methods, continuous stimuli from problem analyses and their critical evaluations, will put her/him in a position to manage a continuoued learning with a high degree of autonomy, so they will be able to follow any evolution of the aerospace field.
The above objectives are pursued via: lectures, specific assignements and laboratory activities, carried out individually or in groups, within the individual or coordinated courses, followed by verification procedures based on a direct professor/student interaction, aimed at stimulating and developing autonomy in facing the assigned themes.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
The educational offer in the aerospace field at the Politecnico di Milano foresees three cycles, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Master of Science in Aeronautical or Space Engineering and PhD in Aerospace Engineering.
Starting from the academic year 2020/2021, the educational offer of the Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering is illustrated in the following table.
As shown in the table, four compulsory courses common to all students are proposed in the first year of the Programme (for a total of 40 credits (CFU) - each course offered alternately in Italian or English), which include the educational activities related to basic knowledge and skills of any aeronautical engineer. In the first year the student is also offered the choice of three elective courses, one course from a group of 8 CFU courses of characterizing formative activities (disciplines specific to aeronautical engineering), and two courses from a group of 6 CFU courses of integrative training activities (disciplines related to aerospace engineering).
The second year of the Programme is characterized by a wide and diversified educational offer of 40 credits, within which the student can identify, through the choice of courses, the teaching path that best enhances his interests and attitudes. The choice must become a highly motivating dimension for the student who therefore acquires an active role in addressing their professionalization, favoring the disciplinary aspects (characterizing teachings) or the multidisciplinary aspects (related teachings), optimally reconciling their interests / attitudes with the needs for skills profiles required by the labor market. Some courses are also proposed aimed at the acquisition and improvement of personal writing skills and technical presentation and introductory knowledge and skills in aeronautical research. The training course ends with the holding of a degree thesis as a final exam, to which 20 credits are awarded.
With the aim of facilitating the students' choice in the context of the Study Program offer, coherent and well-characterized training profiles are defined having specific training objectives. Detailed information on the training profiles can be found on the Study Program website.
At the end of the Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering the student acquires an M.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering.
4.2 Further Studies
The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
An Ms.c qualification allows graduates to take the professional examination to register in the professional order of engineers, under Section B. Registration is accompanied by the wording: "Engineers section - industrial field".
The preparation of a Master of Science graduate in Aeronautical Engineering foresees employment in positions implying autonomy and responsibility such as: space industries, research centres, public and private bodies engaged in the design, production, testing and certification in the aerospace field; air transport companies, air traffic control bodies, military air force and aeronautical sectors of other armed forces, industries producing machines and equipments for which aerodynamics and light structures are significant.
The broad and in-depth preparation facilitates the possibility of working in industries which are not specifically aerospace-oriented employing similar, advanced methodologies and techniques.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
Possible professional opportunities for Ms.c graduates in Aeronautical Engineering are:
- in aeronautical and space industries for the design, production and operation of aircraft, vertical take-off aircraft, spacecraft and their components;
- in companies operating in aerospace related businesses, be they industrial partners, subcontractors and engineering consultancy companies;
- in public and private bodies for testing and/or certification in the aeronautical and aerospace field;
- in companies managing and maintaining aircraft fleets, airport authorities or air transport service companies, air traffic control authorities;
- in the air force and aeronautical sectors of other armed forces;
- in companies designing wind turbines;
- in industries designing and producing machinery, equipment and systems in which aerodynamics, light structures, advanced materials, fluid/structure interaction and/or integration with active control systems are significant;
- generally speaking, in all those areas in which design/production methodologies and skills typical of the preparation of a graduate in the aerospace sector may be of use.
Foreseeable career opportunities for a Ms.c graduate in Aeronautical Engineering should expand those already typical of the corresponding Bachelor of Science graduates, giving access to positions of greater autonomy and responsibility. The broader and more in-depth preparation will make it easier working in industries which are not specifically space-oriented but in which advanced methodologies and techniques are applied.
The Degree Programme prepares for the profession of (*):
- Aeronautical engineer
- Aerospace Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
(*) according to the ISTAT classification of professions with possibility to register in section A of the Order of Engineers upon passing the professional exam.
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
5.3 Qualification profile
profile in a work context:
The traditional functions for laurea magistrale graduate students in Aeronautical Engineering are within the technical office of an aerospace company, for the design and management of systems and subsystems, with an activity carried out both independently and in work groups, also international ones, with proper skills for positions of responsibility.
Thanks to the basic knowledge and the development of complex engineering systems management skills, the graduate student can enter different technical business contexts, such as experimentation, maintenance and production.
For the same reasons the functions described above can also be performed in contexts different from aerospace.
skills of this function:
The skills acquired by all graduate students are useful for:
- analyse and solve engineering problems appropriate to their level of knowledge, develop the skills independently, by working with engineers and other experts, and by the use of consolidated methodologies, from numerical modelling to experimentation, and through the knowledge of their limits and potentiality;
- translate the knowledge acquired into coherent behaviour in the world of work;
- carry out detailed studies on technical subjects that match their level of knowledge, through the use of different and specific tools, from bibliographic research to consultation of legislation and by carrying out numerical and/or experimental checks;
- manage a continuous and essential learning, with a high level of autonomy, in order to follow the technical-scientific evolution of the aerospace sector;
- manage the activities of modelling, analysis, simulation and experimentation of the interaction between a fluid and a body with a defined shape, through aeronautics applications and from the helicopter field.
Specific skills are defined in different areas according to the choices made by the student:
- analyse and solve the traditional problems of aeronautical engineering and helicopter engineering with regard to fluid dynamics, flight mechanics and on-board systems, the design of propulsion systems, design and experimentation of structures;
- design the aircraft in the construction field, work in the maintenance or production area;
- manage the preliminary and detailed design activities of an aircraft, also with vertical take-off, both in terms of global system and subsystems, including structural ones, and in-flight experimentation;
- manage the design activities related to the general characteristics of the machines and the integration with the on-board systems;
- define the aircraft as a system of systems through their analysis and integration, throughout the entire life cycle of the aircraft;
- define the operating loads, even in the presence of aeroservoelastic behaviour, and their management within the project.
The preparation of the laurea magistrale graduate student in Aeronautical Engineering allows him/her to have autonomous positions and responsibility in areas such as:
- aeronautical and space industries for the design, production and operation of aircrafts, vertical take-off aircrafts, spacecrafts and their components;
- companies working in the aerospace industry, industrial partners, subcontractors and engineering consultancy firms;
- public and private bodies for experimentation and/or certification in aeronautical and aerospace fields;
- companies responsible for management and maintenance of fleets, in airport companies or in air transport services, in air traffic management bodies;
- military aeronautics and aeronautical sectors of other weapons;
- wind system design companies;
- industries for the design and production of machines, equipment and systems where aerodynamics, light structures, advanced materials, structure-fluid interaction and/or integration with active control systems, and in general in all those areas where these topics are important, as well as design/production methodologies and traditional skills coming from the training of a graduate student in the aerospace sector.
6.1 Access requirements
First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification
The admission to the Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering undergoes an evaluation process aimed to determine the eligibility of the applicant. Such process, in compliance to the existing regulation (D.M. 22/10/2004 n. 270 art. 6 par. 2 and D.M. 16/3/2007, art.6 par. 1), is based upon curriculum requirements and an assessment of the preparation of the student.
The final decision about the admission to the Master of Science degree shall be taken by an Evaluation Commission set up by the Board of Studies, according to the academic career of the applicant. The Commission may take into account a valid documentation showing clear exceptional conditions, justifying the non-compliance of the below-mentioned criteria and showing that the student has an adequate background. Such a documentation shall be attached to the admission application.
If the applicant is admitted, compulsory additional subjects shall be communicated together with the admission and before enrolment, in order to provide students with the necessary information for a transparent and rational choice.
Requirements concerning the English language proficiency levels are presented in Section 7.4.
A Bachelor of Science Degree (Laurea) is required for the evaluation of the career, as well as an higher degree (MSc, Laurea Magistrale). The evaluation can be carried out also for students enrolled in Politecnico di Milano BSc, if they are candidates in the next Graduation session, and for students enrolled in BSc of other Italian Universities, if they shall graduate before enrolling to the MSc.
Admission requirements concerning the academic career considered by the Commission are as follows:
average graduation mark not below the “adjusted” admission threshold (see later);
certification of the English language proficiency (please see Section 7.4);
training requirements that do not involve curricular integrations (please see Section 6.2).
If the requirement stated at point 1. of the above list is not satisfied, the Commission will not admit the applicant to the Master of Science degree course, unless documentation testifying a proven exceptional case can be presented.
If the requirements stated at either point 2. or 3. of the above list are not satisfied, the applicant will be accepted to the Master of Science degree course and enrolled, after having satisfied these conditions.
6.1.1 Number of years for achieving the Bachelor
The number of years for achieving the Bachelor of Science, named in the following as “N”, is the half of the number of semesters occurring from the year of first enrolment in any University to the achievement of the BSc Graduation (semesters end at March 31st or October 31st).
For sake of clarification, N can assume the following values:
for students who enrolled at the Bachelor of Science in September 2017 and will earn their BSc degree no later than October 2020 (6 semesters): N = 3
for students who enrolled at the Bachelor of Science in September 2017 and will earn their BSc degree no later than March 2021 (7 semesters): N = 3,5
for students who enrolled at the Bachelor of Science in September 2017 and will earn their BSc degree no later than October 2021 (8 semesters): N = 4
6.1.2 Admission threshold for candidates with a BSc issued by Politecnico di Milano
Students who earned their Bachelor of Science degree with a score lower than the “adjusted” admission threshold SC reported below will not be admitted to attend to the Master of Science in Space Engineering. The “adjusted” threshold is calculated according to this formula:
SC = S + k * (min(N1,N)-3)
where "N" is defined in Section 6.1.1. and "S" is the average of the exams’ scores, weighted by the number CFU of each exam.
The values of S, k and N1 are reported in the following different tables, according to the different BSc degree. Note that the values are supposed to change in the next years as outlined.
For students with a BSc degree issued by Politecnico di Milano in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (track "Propedeutico") or Energy Engineering (track "Propedeutico), the values of S, k and N1 are reported in the following table.
For students with other BSc degrees issued by Politecnico di Milano, the values of S, k and N1 are reported in the following table.
Students interested in more informations can visit the website of the Study Programme.
6.1.3 Admission threshold for candidates with a BSc issued by other Universities
For the academic year 2020/2021, candidates with a Bachelor of Science issued by any University other than Politecnico di Milano are required to have a finale average of the exams’ scores, weighted by the number CFU of each exam, higher or equal to 24/30 for candidates with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, or higher or equal to 25/30 for other candidates.
Starting from the academic year 2021/2022, candidates with a Bachelor of Science issued by any University other than Politecnico di Milano are required to have a finale average of the exams’ scores, weighted by the number CFU of each exam, higher or equal to 25/30 for candidates with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, or higher or equal to 26/30 for other candidates.
Students interested in more informations can visit the website of the Study Programme.
6.1.4 English Proficiency
For a list of the recognized certificates and their respective minimum requirements, please see Paragraph 7.4.
6.1.5 Admission without compulsory prerequisites
To be admitted to the MSc in Aeronautical Engineering when the Bachelor of Science degree programme is evaluated as being “consistent” with the study programme of the Master of Science degree course. The Evaluation Commission verifies these requirements, also ascertaining the need of imposing any prerequisite (i.e. additional compulsory modules) to fill possible gaps. Please see Section 6.2, for a presentation of the evaluation process.
6.2 Requested knowledge
In order to be admitted to the Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, applicants should have a BSc degree in Engineering and they have acquired a minimum number of credits (CFU) in some scientific areas (Solid Mechanics, Theoretical/Applied Mechanics, Numerical Analysis, and Fluid Mechanics) as reported in the following table.
If the minimum threshold is not reached in each area, some compulsory additional subjects are assigned to the candidate in the related field.
Applicants who do not have a BSc degree in Engineering are normally not admitted. However, the Evaluation Commission will evaluate each application to check the adequacy of the preparation of the candidate.
For more informations applicants are invited to visit the website of the Study Programme.
Procedures for the application of prerequisites
An applicant who has been assigned any prerequisites may attend “Individual Courses”, in the period before the enrolment to the Master of Science. The following three opportunities exist:
- earn credits by passing courses at the Master of Science level, by means of the “Individual Courses” program; these credits will be accepted to part of the 120 credits necessary for the Master of Science degree.
- earn the ‘right to attend’ of courses at the Master of Science level. The same as before if the exam was not passed.
- earn credits related to the additional compulsory modules, as requested by the Evaluation Commission for the Master of Science. These credits shall be not accounted within the 120 credits required for the Master of Science degree.
Furthermore, the following restrictions are in force:
- the total amount of credits (by passing exams or only attending courses) that can be accounted under the 120 credits required for the Master of Science degree cannot exceed 32. Credits in excess of 32 could be only accepted as ‘over-limit exams’ (soprannumero).
- in any case, the total amount of credits earned by passing “individual courses” cannot exceed 80, including credits of compulsory prerequisites.
If an applicant does not pass the exams assigned as compulsory prerequisites within 15 months, he or she forfeits his/her right to admission totally and completely.
The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
The Degree Programme in Aeronautical Engineering belongs to the School of Industrial and Information Engineering which establishes the programmed number of seats each year.
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The School of Industrial and Information Engineering provides tutoring services to assist students during their studies.
Further information can be found on the School Website.
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
Achievement of 120 credits by passing an exam for each of the courses foreseen in the Programme and a final exam consisting of the discussion of a thesis prepared by the student.
7.2 Mode of study
The Programme is organised according to full-time attendance and foresees participation in lectures and laboratory activities. Attendance, whilst not compulsory, is highly recommended.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
The training course of the Degree in Aeronautical Engineering - Aeronautical Engineering is oriented to provide all students with a knowledge and understanding of the main disciplines characterizing the aeronautical context, and in particular the aerodynamics, performance and dynamics of the aircraft, the aeronautical structures, and the structural dynamics and fundamentals of aeroelasticity. These elements are considered essential in order to meet the learning and professionalization objectives that the student will give with the courses of his/her choice, while ensuring the consolidation of those tools that will allow the graduate to study new topics and continuously update their professionalism.
The educational offer for the academic year 2020/21 is shown below.
It should be noted that the outline of the training offer reported in Paragraph 4.1 of these Regulations derives from the revision / reorganization of the teaching structure approved by the Degree Program Council starting from the academic year. 2020/2021, with the cancellation of the approved study plans (PSPA) in force previously.
The offer proposed here reflects this reorganization as regards the first year only. The second year of the course maintains, until the end of the academic year. 2020/2021, the previous teaching structure based on five PSPAs (Aerodynamics, Flight Mechanics and Systems, Propulsion, Structures and Rotary-wing aircraft). This organization allows students already enrolled and already engaged in a PSPA to continue and conclude their path in a manner consistent with the educational offer with which they have undertaken it.
Starting from the academic year 2021/2022 the revision of the educational structure will cover the entire educational offer of the two years of the course, in line with what is illustrated in the outline of Paragraph 4.1.
For more details and information, see the website of the Study Programme.
7.3.1 First year of the Programme
Below is the teaching proposal of the first year of the course consistent with the new organization of the educational offer (see Section 4.1).
1 Year courses - Track: AER - AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|055732||B||ING-IND/03||PRESTAZIONI E DINAMICA DEL VELIVOLO||1||10.0||10.0|
|055736||B||ING-IND/03||AIRPLANE PERFORMANCE AND DYNAMICS||1||10.0|
|055737||B||ING-IND/04||DINAMICA STRUTTURALE E AEROELASTICITA'||2||10.0||10.0|
|055738||B||ING-IND/04||STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND AEROELASTICITY||2||10.0|
|--||--||--||Courses to be chosen from Group AER8||--||--||--||8.0|
|--||--||--||Courses to be chosen from Group AER6||--||--||--||12.0|
Courses of the Group AER8
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU |
|055739 ||B ||ING-IND/07 ||COMBUSTION IN THERMOCHEMICAL PROPULSION || ||2 ||8.0|
|055741 ||B ||ING-IND/06 ||COMPRESSIBLE FLUID DYNAMICS || ||2 ||8.0|
|055740 ||B ||ING-IND/04 ||STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF AEROSPACE VEHICLES || ||2 ||8.0|
|055742 ||B ||ING-IND/03 |
|STRUMENTAZIONE AERONAUTICA || ||2 ||8.0|
Courses of the Group AER6
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU |
|055743 ||C ||ING-INF/04 ||AEROSPACE CONTROL SYSTEMS || ||2 ||6.0|
|083903 ||C ||ING-IND/10 ||HEAT TRANSFER AND THERMAL ANALYSIS || ||2 ||6.0|
|099268 ||C ||ING-IND/14 ||MACHINE DESIGN || ||2 ||6.0|
|096010 ||C ||MAT/08 ||NUMERICAL MODELING OF DIFFERENTIAL PROBLEMS || ||2 ||6.0|
7.3.2 Second year of the Programme
Below is the teaching proposal of the second year of the Programme consistent with the organization by PSPA of the previous training offer, in order to allow already enrolled students to continue and conclude their path according to the teaching structure with which they have undertaken it. This organization will be replaced by the scheme shown in Paragraph 4.1 starting from the academic year 2021/2022.
2 Year courses - Track: AAD - Aerodinamica
2 Year courses - Track: AMS - Meccanica del volo e sistemi
2 Year courses - Track: APR - Propulsione
2 Year courses - Track: ARW - Rotary-wing aircraft
2 Year courses - Track: AST - Strutture
For sake of completeness, the summary descriptions of the educational objectives and contents of the five PSPAs proposed in the second year of the course for the academic year are shown below. 2020/2021.
Track: AAD - Aerodynamics
Educational objective. The Aerodynamics study plan aims to give specific skills to manage fluidynamic problems and their application to the aeronautical issues.
Knowledge and understanding. The Aerodynamics study plan is oriented towards acquisition of specific knowledge and skills for managing modelling, analysis, simulation and experimentation activities concerning the interaction of a fluid with a body of a given shape applied to the sphere of aeronautics and helicopters.
Applying knowledge and understanding. Graduated are required to analyze and solve fluid-dynamic problems typical of the Aeronautical Engineering.
Track: AMS - Flight mechanics and systems
Educational objective. The Flight mechanics and systems study plan is oriented towards acquisition of knowledge and skills for managing design activity concerning the general characteristics of the machine and integration with on-board systems. In particular, a greater understanding of the aircraft as a system of systems is pursued via analysis of the same and their interaction along the entire lifecycle of the aircraft.
Knowledge and understanding. The study plan is oriented towards acquisition of knowledge and skills for managing design activity, preliminary and advanced, of the aircraft system, in overall view and of its general sub-systems (excepted the propulsion system), and in-flight testing.
Applying knowledge and understanding. Graduated are required to analyze and solve the problems of the Aeronautical Engineering concerning the Flight Mechanics and on-Board Systems.
Track: APR - Propulsion
Educational objective. The Propulsion study plan is oriented towards acquisition of notions and methodological tools useful in understanding the workings of aeronautical and space propulsive systems, of the essential issues and their critical interpretation. The plan is divided into an introductory area aimed at presenting the various types of aerospace propulsive systems, their field of application and parameters of merit and an area of specialisation in which specific analyses concerning aeronautical and space propulsion are addressed.
Knowledge and understanding. The study plan is oriented towards acquisition of notions and skills useful to manage design activities concerning on-board power systems and propulsion systems and testing in this area.
Applying knowledge and understanding. Graduated are required to analyze and solve typical problems of the Aeronautical Engineering concerning some aspects related to the propulsion system design.
Track: ARW - Rotary-wing aircraft
Educational objective: The Vertical takeoff aircraft study plan addresses issues more oriented to managing the design of vertical takeoff aircraft, dealing with the peculiarities typical of this category of aircraft, helicopters and tilt-rotors.
Knowledge and understanding. The study plan addresses issues more oriented to managing the design of vertical takeoff aircraft, dealing with the design, preliminary or detailed, of a Vertical takeoff aircraft, in terms of an overall view and of sub-systems.
Applying knowledge and understanding. Graduated are required to analyze and to solve the problems of the vertical takeoff aircraft engineering concerning some aspects of the design and testing.
Track: AST - Structures
Educational objective. The Structures study plan is oriented towards acquisition of specific knowledge and skills for the aircraft structural design. According to the choices made, the design aspect of the problem, with the objective therefore of preparing for employment in a technical or design department, rather than the construction, maintenance and production aspects may be emphasised.
Knowledge and understanding. The study plan is oriented towards acquisition of specific knowledge and skills to manage the design of the structures and testing in this field. In particular: a) managing modelling, analysis, simulation, verification and experimentation activities concerning aeronautical structures in particular, b) definition of operational loads, possibly in the presence of aeroservoelastic behaviour, and their management in the design phase, c) managing construction and implementation technologies.
Applying knowledge and understanding. Graduated are requested to analyze and solve problems typical of the Aeronautical Engineering concerning aspects of the design and testing of the structures.
There are no pre-requisites in building the plane study. In order to avoid that the student faces teachings in the absence of the curricular requirements deriving from a correct sequence in the acquisition of information, it is however strongly recommended to take the compulsory common exams of the first year before facing the teachings proposed in the second year of the course.
Students might graduate with more than the number of 120 credits required by the system. Educational proposals that will be acknowledged and certified in students’ personal curricula are:
- additional courses
- company internships
To complete his/her education, the student may insert additional courses compared to the 12 foreseen, proposed by the University or by the Programme and PhD courses, according to that published in the documents of the reference Boards.
- courses proposed within the scope of the teaching offer of the Programme inserted as additional courses cannot be used for the purpose of obtaining the Master of Science, other than by applying for their transformation in effective courses;
- additional activities are not compulsory for the student who may graduate without having gained such credits.
An experience in a working environment can play a significant role in the training of an engineer. The current proposal does not foresee a compulsory period of time spent in a company. However, students can insert an internship as a supplementary activity in their study programme. Time spent in a company will be managed by a specific structure so as to guarantee:
- quality of the activity carried out
- respect of commitments in terms of time required
- adequacy of assistance and tutoring in the company
- correspondence between educational needs of students and work carried out in the company.
Autonomous study plans
Autonomous study plans, that is plans which do not comply with the rules adopted by the School and summarised in the Programme Teaching Regulations, will be examined individually.
Teachings with restrictions on the number of students
For organizational reasons, the following compulsory courses could include a limit on the maximum number of eligible students:
099255 AEROSPACE STRUCTURES / 083768 STRUTTURE AEROSPAZIALI
051172 AERODYNAMICS / 081066 AERODINAMICA
055736 AIRPLANE PERFORMANCE AND DYNAMICS / 055732 PRESTAZIONI E DINAMICA DEL VELIVOLO
055738 STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND AEROELASTICITY / 055737 DINAMICA STRUTTURALE E AEROELASTICITA'
7.4 Foreign language
For the admission to the Master programme, an essential prerequisite is an adequate knowledge of the English language. The level of knowledge of the English language must be certified at the time of application for admission, through the achievement of minimum levels of test scores recognized by the University. These are available at the website of the University and of the School.
7.5 Degree examination
The final exam has the main objective of verifying knowledge and skills gained thorugh the thesis work and consists of a presentation and subsequent discussion of the activity carried out and the results achieved. It also has the secondary objective of verifying acquisition of adequate oral and written communication skills.
The ability to correctly present results of one's work and to face a technical cross-examination will be evaluated by the commission and will contribute to the final score.
The types of document and procedures for compiling the final score can be found in the regulation approved by the School of Industrial and Information Engineering and available on its Website.
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
8. Academic calendar
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
Aeronautical Engineering students will have access to all of the Politecnico di Milano facilities (computer-equipped rooms, libraries, studios, canteens, sports facilities). Some courses include laboratory activities that will be carried out in computer-equipped rooms or experimental laboratories. The laboratory activities, computer based or experimental ones, aim at integrating the knowledge acquired in the lectures and allow the students to apply them in solving specific problems of aeronautical engineering.
Further information concerning this topic is available on the degree programme, which is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.
11. International context
Research in the Politecnico di Milano proceeds alongside the extensive network of cooperative relationships and connections with other Italian and foreign universities, with public and private research centres and with the industrial system. The quality and effect of research carried out at the Politecnico have been confirmed in recent years by the increase in connections with the international scientific community. Testimony to this is the large number of research projects and programmes that have recently been undertaken with the best European and worldwide universities, from North America to South-East Asia.
Students on the Aeronautical Engineering programme can access international study programmes, based on the agreements held with numerous foreign institutions. Every year various students, both Italian and foreign, take part in international exchanges. Students chosen for a specific programme can enrich their profiles by studying abroad and earning credits that are fully acknowledged by the Politecnico di Milano.
There are multiple opportunities on offer. Amongst them are the following:
- study periods abroad with the Erasmus programme, or other non-EU special programmes;
- double degree programmes (that foresee awarding of a double master of science degree over a 3 year period, of which two are spent in a partner institution abroad);
- traineeship in companies or foreign university laboratories;
- writing the final thesis 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
15. Errata corrige