Each year the Course organizes various events and initiatives to extend learning outside the university. In particular, student work exhibitions are organized, along with workshops, competitions, and study trips in Italy and abroad.
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15.1. Admission to the Programme - Students with Italian Degrees
All candidates for admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering are required to submit an application for career assessment using the specific function available on the University website, in the Online Services section (www.polimi.it/servizionline).
15.1.1. Programme Requirements and Specifications
The requirements are those previously described in paragraph 6.1 of the Educational Rules. It is specified that admission to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes listed is permitted, without educational debits, for first-level graduate students in the following Programmes:
Building Engineering (Ingegneria dell’Edilizia) (L-23)
Engineering and Techniques for Building and Architecture (Ingegneria e Tecniche per l’Edilizia e l’Architettura) (L-23)
Building and Construction Engineering (Ingegneria Edile e delle Costruzioni) (L-23)
Civil Engineering (Ingegneria Civile) (L-7)
Architectural Design (Progettazione dell’Architettura) (L-17)
Environmental Architecture (Architettura Ambientale) (L-17)
Construction Architecture (Architettura delle Costruzioni) (L-17)
Architecture and Building Production (Architettura e Produzione Edilizia) (L-23)
Architectural Design (Progettazione Architettonica) (L-17)
Architectural Sciences (Scienze dell’Architettura) (L-17)
Graduate students with a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or a three-year university degree different from the ones listed above, but deemed eligible, may also be admitted subject to assessment of their previous career and assignment of curricular integrations to fill any gaps.
For graduate students in categories other than L-23, previous career assessment may identify an educational debit to be filled prior to enrolment on the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science).
General University information on admission and enrolment procedures is available on the University website: http://www.polinternational.polimi.it.
15.1.2. Procedures for Submission of Admission Applications for AUIC School Candidates
126.96.36.199. Programme and Previously Approved Study Plan Options
The Programme offers two distinct educational paths (curricula):
Architectural Engineering (taught at the Lecco Campus),
Building Engineering (taught at the Milano Città Studi Campus).
When submitting an application for assessment, candidates must choose their Programme together with their course options which, in the online system, are referred to as the Previously Approved Study Plan (PSPA).
The University rules establish a maximum of three options for application for admission to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes. It is therefore possible to indicate up to three Programme preferences.
For each Programme, it is possible to specify the available Previously Approved Study Plans in order of preference.
For AUIC School Programmes, the various Previously Approved Study Plan options within the same Programme are only counted once towards the maximum of three preferences that may be expressed.
- Programme B - (non-AUIC programme)
- Programme A - (AUIC programme) ITA Track
- Programme A - (AUIC programme) ENG Track
- Programme C - (AUIC programme) X Track
- Programme C - (AUIC programme) Y Track
5 Programme-Previously Approved Study Plan options entered / 3 Programme preferences counted.
Students may, within the established deadline, change/overwrite their choices up until the time the application is processed for assessment by the Commission.
188.8.131.52. Establishment of the Ranking List
The Commission, having assessed the candidate’s previous career, will admit him/her to one or more of the Previously Approved Study Plans indicated, until the maximum allowable number of students for that specific Academic Year is reached.
If the student is not admitted to the PSPA (track) expressed as first choice because of unavailability of places, he/she will be considered for the second choice, with regard to the position in the ranking and to the places available.
15.1.3. Assessment Parameters
184.108.40.206. Graduate Students from the Politecnico di Milano Automatically Entitled to Admission
There is no automatic entitlement to admission.
220.127.116.11. Students Admitted with Assessment of Merit
This assessment is performed by the relevant Programme, which may award up to 100 points:
Average at the end of the student’s 3-year course apportioned on a score of 50: up to 50 points
Suitability/coherence of previous curriculum, i.e. Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) of origin: up to 25 points
Duration of the student’s Laurea Triennale (three-year degree) career: up to 10 points
Order of the preferences expressed at the time of the student’s application for admission: up to 15 points.
The minimum score for admission is 65/100.
15.1.4. Documents Required for Students Admitted with Assessment of Merit
18.104.22.168. Students of the Politecnico di Milano
No documents should be attached to the assessment application. The previous career will be supplied to the Assessment Commissions by the Registrar's Office.
22.214.171.124. Students from Other Universities
- Self-certification of the degree held (graduate students only)
- Self-certification of examinations passed for at least 145 credits. Other certifications of any university degrees held: Masters, PhDs, and Postgraduate Schools.
The documentation may be self-certified in accordance with the statutory provisions governing Substitute Declarations (Dichiarazioni sostitutive) (see example). It must contain the exact titles of the examinations taken, the Disciplinary Scientific Sectors, the number of credits per scientific sector, the score and the examination recording date. The applicant must sign the documents, otherwise they are not legally binding and cannot be accepted by the Selection Committee.
15.1.5. Results and Publication of the Ranking List of Students Admitted
With regard to the points above, at the end of the evaluation sessions, a merit-based ranking will be published, in order to the determine the number of admitted students in relation to the places available.
In order to guarantee the foreseen number of places, a student that has been positively evaluated for admission (green check) might not be able to enrol. Enrolment will be enabled to students who appear in the merit-based ranking as “admitted to enrolment”.
The ranking reporting the indication of the admitted students will be published at the end of the evaluation session on the School’s website: www.auic.polimi.it.
It is not possible to re-assign places in the ranking, in case not all admitted students proceed with enrolment. Vacant places will be added to those foreseen for the second semester.
Admitted students should proceed with enrolment following the procedures and deadlines set by the University. Appeals to enrol after the deadline will not be accepted.
15.1.6. Curricular Integrations
Curricular integrations are educational debits assigned to candidates graduating in categories other than L-23 and not listed at point 15.1.1 in order to fill any curricular gaps. They are ECTS established by the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Admissions Committee and chosen from the courses of the first-level degree.
If the outcome of the evaluation corresponds to “positively evaluated with curricular integrations”, admission of the candidate is subordinated to completing the credits related to curricular integrations (to be achieved within the academic year in which the application has been made), assigned by the evaluating Committee. The candidate must therefore complete extra credits before being able to enroll in the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme.
The candidate must register to the single courses that have been assigned (“single courses to achieve curricular integrations”) through the online services, in the same section where the he/she has consulted the outcome of the evaluation.
After completing the integrations, the candidate should insert a new request for admission, for the semester or the academic year following the first application, within the deadlines set by the academic calendar. If the candidate does not start a new application, he/she will not be able to be admitted and proceed with enrolment.
The specific admission procedures are described at http://www.polinternational.polimi.it.
15.1.7. Examination Validation
Following enrolment on one of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes, examinations taken during the previous career (not used as required credits) may be assessed and recognised as validation or attendance validation, if compatible with the course catalogue of the Laurea Magistrale Programme enrolled upon.
Validations will be indicated in the career assessment and automatically uploaded to the Study Plan.
15.2. Admission to the Programme - Students with Foreign Degrees
International students from foreign universities are selected according to the times and methods indicated at http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/.
Assessment is performed by the relevant Programme, which may award up to 100 points:
Suitability/coherence of previous Curriculum Vitae, i.e. Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) of origin: up to 50 points
Geographical area of origin: up to 10 points
Duration of university education: up to 10 points
Order of the preferences expressed at the time of application for admission: up to 10 points
References: up to 10 points
Cover letter: up to 10 points.
The score resulting from the evaluation by the Admissions Committee of the Master programme is then weighed with the grade defined by the International Projects Office (SPI), which is based on previous academic performance and on the quality of the institution. The weights are as follows: study programme 40%, SPI 60%.
The minimum score for admission is 65/100.
15.3. Transfers and Changes
Transfer from other Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes or other universities is only permitted through submission of an admission application.
Transferred students’ previous examinations may be validated if deemed compatible with the course catalogue of the degree programme applied for. As per University regulations, students transferred from other universities are required to take examinations at the Politecnico di Milano for at least 60 credits, plus the traineeship and final test.
Enrolment on a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) is not a guarantee of transfer without educational debits: the Commission will always take into account the first-level Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) gained, applying current regulations.
Transfer to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Building and Architectural Engineering is not permitted for candidates enrolled at Italian universities on single-cycle Laurea Magistrale Programmes. Students from foreign universities in countries with educational systems that do not include Laurea Triennale (equivalent to three-year Bachelor’s Degree) Programmes must guarantee enrolment on the 4th year of the programme, passing of examinations worth at least 180 ECTS credits and meeting of the minimum curricular requirements for category L-23.
15.4. Deadlines for First-Year Enrolment Administrative Procedures
All deadlines concerning the submission of the admissions request, the presentation of English language certificates, the enrolment process and the submission of the Study Plan are specified each year on Politecnico’s website.
15.5. Study Plan
Students are required, under their own responsibility, to submit their individual Study Plan through their personal page on the Online Services.
The Plan is taken by the School as a supporting document for all intents and purposes. Its compilation also attests to the compliance of the choices made by the student with the rules specified by law and the provisions of the Programme Rules.
The Study Plan for the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Building and Architectural Engineering consists of 120 ECTS, to be included in the Plan as required credits, subdivided as follows:
The minimum number of credits for which students may enrol each year is 30 (15 for entry in March). Simultaneous enrolment on courses for a maximum of 80 credits per year (40 for entry in March) is permitted.
Plan alteration requests will not be accepted. Submission of the Study Plan is definitive and must be performed within the deadlines and according to the procedures established by the School.
15.5.1. Deadlines for Annual Study Plan Submission
Study Plan submission is performed through the Online Services, exclusively during the specific periods established by the academic calendar and indicated on Politecnico’s website.
15.5.2. Half-year Change of Study Plan
It is possible to change the Study Plan submitted during the academic year in progress only in a specific period before the start of the spring semester, as specified in the Academic Calendar and on Politecnico’s website.
The following operations will be possible for courses offered in the second semester: add or remove optional and compulsory courses, final test and traineeship.
15.5.3. Additional Payment
Through resolution of the Board of Governors, an additional payment of 100.00 euros is applicable for failure to submit the Study Plan within the deadlines established by the academic calendar.
The payment will be required with the second instalment.
Once entered in the Study Plan, courses remain in the following years as attendance achieved. During compilation of the annual Study Plan for the following year, it will be possible to remove the attendance achieved and re-enter the courses as new attendance.
The final test and traineeship are entered one time only during the entire university career.
15.5.5. Elective Courses
The elective courses (12 ECTS credits in total) can be selected among those offered by the Programme in Building and Architectural Engineering and by other programmes offered at Politecnico in the same educational class (LM-24 according to the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research).
15.5.6. Extra Courses
It is possible to add courses/educational activities to the Study Plan as extras. These courses will not count towards the overall credits required for admission to the final test and will not be used in calculation of the score average.
It is possible to change the status of a course from required to extra, and vice versa, during the annual Study Plan submission period.
For all regulations, reference should be made to the specific University guide.
126.96.36.199. Specifications for Programmes belonging to Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) Category L-23 - Building Science and Technology
In addition to the rules established by the University, students enrolled on Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) Programmes in:
Building and Construction Engineering (Ingegneria Edile e delle Costruzioni)
Engineering and Techniques for Building and Architecture (Ingegneria e Tecniche per l'Edilizia e l'Architettura)
Building Engineering (Ingegneria dell’Edilizia)
may include in the A.Y. 2017/18, as extra, Politecnico di Milano Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme courses in:
Building and Architectural Engineering
Building Systems Engineering (Ingegneria dei Sistemi Edilizi)
Management of Built Environment (Gestione del Costruito)
for a maximum of 30 ECTS.
Following enrolment on one of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programmes listed above, these examinations will be assessed and recognised, if deemed eligible, as validation or attendance validation.
15.5.7. Course Priorities
The Building and Architectural Engineering Programme does not impose priorities on the sequence of exams. The optimal sequence to be followed for the Programme is the one suggested by the course sequence established in the Degree Programme.
The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, local authorities and companies, to organize external traineeship activities, in order to guarantee the student the opportunity to acquire the credits required by the educational system. In addition, students may carry out a practical activity (traineeship) within the Departments of the Politecnico di Milano.
Traineeship activities, both internal and external, are regulated by the School’s obligatory Rules on traineeship activities. The rules on traineeship duration are established by the Programmes, in accordance with the directives of the School.
All further information is available at the Traineeship Office of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering and in the dedicated section of the School’s Website http://www.auic.polimi.it/en/students/compulsory-internships/.
The University also organises Erasmus scholarships for traineeships abroad. For further information: https://www.polimi.it/en/services-and-opportunities/experience-abroad/.
Each year, the AUIC School offers several workshop activities. Some of these workshops, characterised by a markedly operative / practical content, can be recognised as internship activities (3 ECTS credits), as long as they have been classified as “workshop accredited as internship” by the School Board. Moreover:
in relation to degree sessions, workshops can be accredited only if they end at least a month before graduation day;
Laurea Magistrale students cannot request the accreditation of a workshop attended while being enrolled in a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme; if the workshop has been carried out as an “excess course” during the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme, it cannot be validated within the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme.
The uniformity of procedures for checking of learning across all sections of the same course and planning of these procedures is ensured through appropriate forms of coordination, in line with the directives of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme.
At the start of the academic year, each Professor will communicate the procedures for checking of learning, the content of the examination and the assessment criteria.
For each course (individual courses and studio) there are three exam sessions. Each exam session involves one or more exam session date as established by the School’s academic calendar.
Students may only participate in the exam sessions if duly registered, using the dedicated ‘online services’ function, for the examination date. Failure to register makes it absolutely impossible to take the test and record a score in the career.
Graduating students must observe the specific deadlines established by the academic calendar in order to permit completion, within the established deadlines, of the procedures for registration for the degree exam session.
15.7.2. Self-certification of Examinations Taken
If, upon submission of the Study Plan, an examination already taken (and whose score is therefore known) is not yet recorded in the career, the student may self-certify passing of the said examination.
It is not permitted to self-certify a course whose examination has not yet been taken at the time of compilation of the Plan.
Any false declaration prevents registration for the exam sessions of the self-certified course.
15.8. International Mobility
All students duly enrolled in the Programme in Building and Architectural Engineering, and complying with the academic performance indicated below, are entitled to submit an application to access the international exchange programmes offered by the Politecnico di Milano. Students are, in any case, required to obtain at the Politecnico di Milano at least 60 of the 120 ECTS required in order to obtain the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) diploma. The ECTS needed in order to take the Final Test and carry out the Traineeship do not count towards the 60 ECTS required.
Minimum academic requirement to be able to apply for mobility calls (both Double Degree programme and Short Mobility): Total average greater than or equal to 24.
The formula for calculation of the Total Average is clearly defined each year in the University call for international mobility and takes into account the average of the exams of three-year Laurea and Laurea Magistrale, and the number of ECTS acquired.
For students coming back from international mobility, the conversion of scores will be based on information from the Transcript of Records, or on equivalent official document issued by the host University. The conversion of scores will be possible only if their statistical distribution is explicitly stated, according to the indications available in the Erasmus Guidelines. If this document is not available, only the ECTS obtained will be validated, according to the Learning Agreement.
15.9. Final Test
The Final Test of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Building and Architectural Engineering consists of presentation and discussion of a final work (graduation work). This work must be original in terms of its scientific (theoretical, numerical or experimental, design or technological) content or due to the complexity and interrelationship of a variety of knowledge in order to achieve a finished result.
Detailed information can be found in the AUIC School’s Rules on the Final Test for the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) and in the Additional Regulations for the Laurea Magistrale in Building and Architectural Engineering, both available at: http://www.auic.polimi.it/en/educational-offer/bachelor-and-master-graduation-exams/master-graduation-exams/general-regulations-for-master-of-science-graduation-exams/.
As specified in the document, since thesis projects in Building and Architectural Engineering are markedly design-oriented or experimentation-oriented, they can be developed by teams of up to three students.
Only the original in Italian is valid.