Academic Year 2017/18

School of Industrial and Information Engineering

Degree Programme of:

Electrical Engineering
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)

Milano Leonardo Campus

1. General Information

School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Code Reference Law349
NameElectrical Engineering
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-9 - Industrial Engineering
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 1,2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano, Milano
Dean of the School Lozza Giovanni
Coordinator of the Study programme Sergio Amedeo Pignari
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme

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

Central Student Office - Milano

2. General presentation of the study programme

Electrical Engineering is the engineering field that investigates applications of electrical phenomena by resorting to electromagnetic field and circuit theory. Of particular interest for this sector are electric power systems, electrical machines and drives, electronic power converters, electric systems for transportation, electric and electronic measurements, circuit theory and electromagnetic compatibility. The programme in Electrical Engineering encompasses all the subjects required to educate undergraduate and graduate students in Electrical Engineering.
Nowadays, societal and industrial growth is largely based on the availability of energy in a form that can be readily transformed into light, heat, movement, electromagnetic waves for data transmission and remote processing, electro-chemical activity. Electric energy represents the most efficient way to convert energy from primary energy sources and transport it to distant places. Its features make electricity unique for many activities in everyday life, ranging from household, industrial or service applications.
Electric energy is clean, easy to control and environment friendly. In our country more than one third of the consumed energy is converted into electric energy before its end use. Electric energy is a precious good that should not be wasted. To attain this goal, all related conversions, from initial production to end use, must be optimized. Presently, the electric energy field is undergoing significant changes that will make the future role of the electrical engineer more and more important as a key player in managing energy and protecting the environment.
Electrical Engineering inherently involves cross-disciplinary skills and covers a large number of different application areas. These  include electrical machines, electronic power converters, transformers, wide-area electrical transmission and distribution networks, electric systems for household and industrial applications, industrial automation, electric traction, heavy metallurgical industry, electromagnetic compatibility.
Production, transmission, distribution and rational and sustainable use of electric energy require B.Sc. and M.Sc. graduates in Electrical Engineering with solid capabilities in designing and managing electric systems and devices, as well as in analyzing and processing all related data. For instance, the need of exploiting renewable energy sources, such as sun and wind, by means of distributed generation that complement the traditional high-power hydro-electric and thermoelectric generation, implies a new way of designing and operating the electric distribution grid. In this field, a significant advancement is expected in the application of ICT techniques to the development of the future intelligent grid (Smart Grids).
Moreover, the ever increasing diffusion of complex and disturbance-sensitive equipment (such as, for example, data processing centers) requires an ever increasing level of quality of the electric supply that, in turn, requires new equipment to be studied and developed in order to attain a better immunity of the electrical appliances to disturbances and more reliable and fault-tolerant distribution networks.
The development of advanced fuel cells and storage systems technology will soon favor the development of a new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles and will significantly contribute to decreasing environment pollution and optimize the use of traditional and/or innovative energy sources. Moving from a regulated toward a de-regulated energy market will undoubtedly open new opportunities for customers, but will also imply new technical problems, whose solution could be found only by  highly-qualified Electrical Engineers.
These are the key topics of the Electrical Engineering programme. It is aimed at providing the necessary skills to handle all processes involved in the conversion, generation, transmission, distribution and final exploitation of the electric energy both in household and industrial applications. Particular attention is paid to the sustainability of the whole process, from both the financial and environmental points of view.
Electrical Engineering has a long history and tradition (at Politecnico di Milano it was established in 1886) and is still providing a well-recognized contribution to the advancement of new technologies that are the key enablers of the industrial growth of the modern society.

The following Programmes are active in Electrical Engineering:

  • Laurea (B.Sc.) Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering (first level, three-year programme).
  • Laurea Magistrale (M.Sc.) Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering (second level, two-year programme)
  • PhD Programme in Electrical Engineering (third level, three-year programme)

3. Learning objectives

Electrical Engineers master a wide-band knowledge of different disciplines that are needed to deal with the demanding challenges of today jobs, both in the manufacturing and research and development (R&D) sectors. Their skills shall not be and, indeed, are not only focused on production, transmission and distribution of electric energy, but cover also numerous, highly-diversified electric and electronic applications in industry, household, and service sectors, in transportation and industrial automation.
A broad and in-depth knowledge of mathematics and physics represents the required background of an Electrical Engineer. Significant skills in computer science, automation and electronics are required as well, since they play a significant role in modern Electrical Engineering.
The undergraduate programme in Electrical Engineering develops over three years and requires the student to earn 180 credits. This programme is aimed at forming students with sufficient knowledge to master the typical basic methods and notions of Electrical Engineering, in order to form professionals able to address the typical basic design issues.

After the B.Sc. programme, the M.Sc. program can be entered, that develops over two years and requires the student to earn additional 120 credits. This programme is aimed at forming highly-qualified professionals with the required skills to solve complex design problems and foster technological innovation in the typical fields of Electrical Engineering. This requires a solid background on the theoretical and scientific foundations of Electrical Engineering, as well as on the most advanced methods to operate electric systems and equipment.
At last, Politecnico di Milano offers, after the M.Sc. degree, the Ph.D. programme in Electrical Engineering, aimed at forming highly qualified professionals, capable of conducting top-quality research activity in Academia, R&D departments in Industry, and/or Government agencies.

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The following table shows the structure of programme in Electrical Engineering as ruled by DM270/04 educational system.

Electrical Engineering Study Programme

4.2 Further Studies

The B.Sc. (Laurea) degree is a strict requirement for admission to the M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale) degree programme; the M.Sc. degree is a strict requirement for admission to the Ph.D. Programme. The B.Sc. degree also grants access to 1st level Specialization Programmes and 1st level University Master Programmes.

Access to Electrical Engineering M.Sc. programme requires to comply with compulsory requirements defined by the Study Programme Board. An evaluation Committee verifies these requirements, also ascertaining the possible need of imposing any prerequisite (i.e. additional compulsory modules) to fill possible gaps.


As B.Sc. students taking the internship do not fulfill completely these requirements, access to the M.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering requires earning additional credits that can be acquired through individual courses.

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

Graduated students in Electrical Engineering achieve the degree of Bachelor of Science (Laurea) in the class of Industrial Engineering. He may exercise the free profession, once obtained the State Examination certification and the registration to the Section B of the Professional Roll of the Engineers Association of the residence province. Additional information available at the following link: Ordine degli Ingegneri di Milano

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Electrical Engineers are highly employable in the following areas / industry sectors:


  • Companies manufacturing electrical apparatus, machines, and power electronics equipment;
  • Industrial automation and robotics;
  • Utilities that generate, transport and distribute electrical energy (with specific jobs in planning and operation);
  • Companies involved in the design, implementation and operation of electrical systems for transportation;
  • Automated production of goods and services;
  • Firms and company consortia for energy trading in the deregulated energy market;
  • Free profession.


The demand for Electrical Engineers has always been high: 1548 in 2015. According to Career Service data, 44.4% of the B.Sc. graduated in Electrical Engineering get a job within two months from graduation.

According to the Technical Report of the University Assessment Commission of Politecnico di Milano, 77.1% of the students who got the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2015 stated that they would have applied again to the same Programme. Whereas only 70.3% of the students who graduated in other programmes gave the same answer. In 2015, the percentage of students in Electrical Engineering who were fully satisfied by this programme was 28.5%, whereas only 27.2% (on average) of the students of the other programmes in Engineering provided the same answer.


Surveys of University Assessment Commission

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

According to Italian Law DM 270/04, applicants for the B.Sc. Programme must have received a secondary-school degree, earned after having attended a four or five-year programme, or an equivalent foreign degree recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education. 

6.2 Requested knowledge

Enrolment into the B.Sc. programme requires a sufficient background in mathematics, science and verbal comprehension. Skills in these subjects are verified through an entrance test. Should the test result prove that the skills are insufficient, students are informed that they have to fulfil specific additional obligations (OFA) in order to be granted access to the second year of the programnme.
Moreover, a sufficient knowledge of the English language is also required, to be verified by an earned standard certificate.
Additional details on the entrance test, admission and enrollment can be found at the following webpage: 

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano

6.3 Deadlines

The available positions in the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering are 150.

Applications to the B.Sc. programme by students already enrolled in another B.Sc. programme at Politecnico di Milano are accepted only for applicants who, not later than August 15, have officially earned a number of credits equal or greater than 15, including the extra ones in their Study Plan. A dedicated committee of the Study Programme Council will assess which credits can be validated in the new study plan in Electrical Engineering. A large number of credits earned in several other M.Sc. programmes in the class of Industrial Engineering are recognized by the B.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering.
As deadlines and number of available positions may slightly change year by year, for accurate information on the aforementioned topics students are addressed to the enrollment guide, that is updated yearly:


How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano

6.4 Tutoring and students support

The School of Industrial and Information Engineering offers its students guidance and tutoring activities, whose scheduling and attendance info are published and updated  on the School web site at:



7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

To achieve the B.Sc. degree, 180 credits must be earned, distributed in the following areas. At least 43 credits must be earned on fundamental topics (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, etc.); At least 73 credits must be earned on characterizing topics (circuit theory, electrical machines, static converters and electrical drives, electric power systems, electrical and electronic measurements, economics, applied mechanics and technical drawing, etc.); at least 18 credits must be earned on complementary topics (electronics, automation, etc.). Further 18 credits maximum can be earned in elective subjects chosen by the students, and 3 credits are earned from the final test.

7.2 Mode of study

This programme requires full time attendance to classes and lab classes.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The first two years of the programme are aimed at providing a wide background in Engineering. Typical subjects of the Electrical Engineering are taught in the third year of the programme. In general, the learning approach favours methodological aspects over applications.


Starting from academic year 2017-18, most of the courses at the first year are delivered in conjunction with those of the Study Programmes in Automation Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering. This allows organization of classes of even size and simplifies transfer of students from one Program to another, for those who are interested in changing the Study Programme and submit application on time and in line with the prescribed procedure.

In particular, the following courses: Mathematical Analysis I, Fundamentals of Computer Science, Geometry and Linear Algebra, and Physics, are offered to the students of the Electrical Engineering Programme together with the students of the Programmes in Automation Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electronic Engineering. Whereas, the courses on Business Economics and Organization and Chemistry (for Electrical Engineering) are specific for the Study Programme in Electrical Engineering.

Students willing to take a job immediately after graduation, can opt for an internship in a company in order to approach the industrial context before the end of their learning plan. Nevertheless, in that case admission to M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering involves additional compulsory courses in order to achieve the required backgroung knowledge.

Degree Programme - B.Sc. programme DM 270/04

In the A.Y. 2017/2018 the courses of the second and third year will be held in Milano Bovisa campus, whereas the courses of the first year will be held in Milano Leonardo campus

1 Year courses - Track: R1O - Ingegneria Elettrica

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group

2 Year courses - Track: R1L - Ingegneria Elettrica

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group

Note 1. During the second year of the programme, students can select up to 16 credits of elective subjects in place of RATIONAL MECHANICS and ANALYTICAL AND STATISTICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS, provided the selected subjects are compatible with the scope of the programme. The Study Programme Council will assess whether the students’ choice is compatible or not. Compatibility is a-priori granted if the Study Plan refers to the previous table (pre-approved programme structure).
Note 2. Students who wish to access the M.Sc. programme in Nuclear Engineering can choose elective subjects (taken in place of RATIONAL MECHANICS and ANALYTICAL AND STATISTICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS) to start building a background in Nuclear Engineering and, hence, limit the number of additional credits to earn to be granted access to the M.Sc. programme in Nuclear Engineering.
Note 3. Students who wish to access the M.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering and select the pre-approved programme structure on ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - SMART GRID can choose elective subjects (taken in place of RATIONAL MECHANICS and ANALYTICAL AND STATISTICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS) in the field of Telecommunications. Please refer to the web site COMMTECH@POLIMI.

3 Year courses - Track: R1M - Ingegneria Elettrica

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group
089255----FINAL EXAM--13.03.0
089255----FINAL EXAM--23.0

(a) Students who are oriented to enter the job market immediately after graduation, can opt (as a replacement of ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING II) for an internship (10 credits) in a company. However, in that case admission to the M.Sc. Programme in Electrical Engineering is anyway subject to earning the credits associated with course ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING II. This can be done by acquiring it as a single subject.

Second- and third-year courses after academic year 2017-18

The second- and third-year courses of the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (reported in tables R1L and R1M) are those offered in academic year 2017-18. In the following years, the educational offer will change according to the anticipatory course lists below.

Second Year Courses (starting from 2018-19)

Third Year Courses (starting from 2019-20)

(*) For admission to the M.Sc. programme in Electrical Engineering, compulsory prerequisites are foreseen.


Mandatory and recommended priorities

7.4 Foreign language

English knowledge must be ascertained before enrolment to the B.Sc. programme either by passing the English section of the entrance test or by filing suitable earned certificates, as stated in the Guide to the English Language requirements available at: 
English knowledge is considered as a mandatory enrolment requirement by Politecnico di Milano.


Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

Students must submit an individual work, autonomously developed under the guidance of a Tutor. The work will be defended, in written and oral form, in front of the Tutor and, if considered sufficient, it will grant the student 3 credits, assigned to the final exam. The Tutor will submit a brief written report to the Secretary of the Degree Committee with his/her evaluation of the student’s work and a proposal of increment.

Final exam requirements can be downloaded from Politecnico di Milano web site at:

General Rules for the Final Exam

Specific (EE) Rules for the Final Exam

Information about graduation, degree examination, English language skills, deadlines and academic calendar are available at: 

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

8. Academic calendar

The academic calendar is available on Politecnico di Milano website.
Academic calendar

9. Faculty

The names of the Faculty members and the courses they teach will be available on the web page of the B.Sc. programme starting from September each year.

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Students of the programme in Electrical Engineering are granted access to all facilities provided by Politecnico di Milano (computers in dedicated rooms, libraries, study rooms, refectories, sport facilities).

Several subjects includes also lab classes that are held in experimental labs specifically built and equipped for this programme in Electrical Engineering. Particularly, students can take adventage of specific labs of the Electrical Section of the Department of Electronics, Information Science and Bioengineering, the Electrical Section of the Department of Energy, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


11. International context

An intense research activity supports Politecnico di Milano networking with Italian and International Universities, public and private research centers and industries. Evidence of the high-quality and high-impact of the research activity done at Politecnico in the recent years can be found in the ever increasing connections with the international scientific community, that have led to several joint research projects with other top-level European University, as well as North-American and South-East Asian Universities.

In 2016 Politecnico di Milano ranked, in the QS ranking for Engineering and Technology, at the 24th position in the world, at the 7th position in Europe and at the 1st position in Italy. In particular, Politecnico di Milano ranks among the first 10 European Universities in Computer Science & Information Systems, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, which are all fields closely related to the programme in Electrical Engineering.

12. Internationalization

Students at Politecnico di Milano are given the chance to enter international student exchange programs. Different programs are available offering different experiences abroad. In general, students that are selected to take part in a specific program can enrich their CV by studying abroad for a given period of time, earning credits that are recognized by Politecnico di Milano. The different possible ways to access international programs include:


  • Periods of study abroad in the Erasmus+ program framework or in the framework of other special extra-EU programs;
  • Double-degree programs that consider earning a double M.Sc. degree, given by Politecnico and a foreign University, after having attended a three-years programme;
  • Internships in industries or universities abroad;
  • Development of thesis works in universities or research centers abroad.

Additional information about the student exchange programs, the double-degree programs, the international internships, European research projects and international connections is available at the following web page: Polinternational


As far as the Electrical Engineering is concerned, two special double M.Sc. Degree Programmes are ongoing with the following Chinese universities:



Both the aforementioned universities are partner of the Top Industrial Managers Europe (T.I.M.E.) association, and rank among the most famous Chinese universities in the field of Electrical Engineering.

These double-degree programmes allow brilliant and dedicated students to work in an international context that is very challenging from a cultural perspective and, at the same time, very promising in terms of learning objectives and job opportunities in a true global scenario. The students who apply for these double-degree program are selected at the end of the third year of their B.Sc. programme, continue their studies in international classes and are given the opportunity to spend at least three-semesters at the partner university campus. At the end of their programme, they earn the M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale) degree in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering at the partner university.

Further information and details on the aforementioned double-degree programmes are available on 

Additional information on international student-exchange programmes is available at:

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

13. Quantitative data

14. Further information

Additional information on the programme in Electrical Engineering is available on the web site: 

Additional information about loss of student status is available on the web site: 

15. Errata corrige

No additional data in this section.