Academic Year 2020/21
School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
1. General Information
(¹) The degree course offers some tracks in Italian and others in English.
|School ||School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||503|
|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 ||1|
|Official language(s) (¹) ||Italian/English|
|Dean of the School ||Alberto Taliercio|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||--|
|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.
Civil Engineering is offered at approximately thirty Italian Universities. Although the degree programs have a similar layout in all of them, they possess an imprint peculiar to each University according to its history and size, and to local needs. According to international University rankings, Politecnico di Milano is an institution of excellence, both on a national and international level.
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. BS Civil Engineers from Politecnico are appreciated even abroad, meaning that graduates having a good knowledge of English will have many employment opportunities.
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. Two study plans are available, one taught in Italian and one taught in English. In each 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.
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 …), Eartquake Engineering (seismic risk, earthquake engineering, seismic assesment). 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 in italy, 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)
6.2 Requested knowledge
In order to enter the "Laurea" (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme in Civil Engineering - International Track - it is compulsory to attend and pass an entrance test.
If the student passes the entrance test, he/she will have to complete the official enrolment procedures by handing in to the International Students Office a series of documents. Please find detailed information about the admission process at the following links:
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:
PLACES AVAILABLE - A.Y. 2020/2021
Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering – Milano Leonardo Campus
Pre-established number of local places for academic year 2020/2021:
- students who qualify for enrolment (Italian, EU and non-EU students resident in Italy): 100
- places reserved for non-EU students: 40
- total pre-established number of places: 140
Poliorientami Admission to Bachelor
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 educational rules, 180 credits are required to obtain the (first level) degree. More specifically, 60 credits are required in the basic courses (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry,..); 60 credits in characterizing disciplines (surveying and data processing , structural mechanics and design, fluid, solid and soil mechanics, transportation infrastructures, hydraulic engineering ); and 60 credits for other activities, including elective courses, supplementary disciplines, soft skills, 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 (nondestructive 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
1 Year courses - Track: OAE - International track
(a) Physics I annual teaching. Physics II A 2th semester.
Priority Tab Course 1st year
1 Year courses - Track: OAI - Percorso in italiano
2nd year - activation proposal for the academic year 2021-2022
||SURVEYING AND DATA PROCESSING
||STRUCTURAL MECHANICS (a)
||PROJECT MANAGEMENT: PRINCIPLES & TOOLS
||FISICA TECNICA (ING. CIVILE)
(a) d.i. = 1 CFU Flipped classroom.
3rd year - activation proposal for the academic year 2022-2023
|| CFU Group
||FINAL EXAM (CIV-ICAR/09) (a)
||FINAL EXAM (CIV-ICAR/02) (b)
||CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, AND AIPORTS
||NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
||DURABILITA' DEI MATERIALI E TECNOLOGIE PER IL RESTAURO DELLE STRUTTURE
||TECNICA DEL CANTIERE
(a) d.i. = 2 CFU Flipped classroom.
(b) d.i. = 1 CFU Flipped classroom.
Note: The study program related to 2nd and 3rd year courses is tentative. The final version will be defined and approved in due time.
7.4 Foreign language
Civil Engineering - International Track
Starting from the academic year 2020/2021, all students admitted to Bachelor in Civil Engineering - International Track must possess at least the level in according to parameters indicated in the notices of the Education Area Student Services of Politecnico di Milano.
See web page below:
Admission to MSc Programme
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.
The final examination (aka Final Degree exams type B) consists in project activities carried out in two mandatory courses of third year.
The amount of these activities is proportional to the number of credits assigned to the final project.
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
Specific regulation on the final exam can be found on School’s website (Reference link to current School regulations. School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering.
8. Academic calendar
The student is required to consult the Academic Calendar of the School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering for didactic, organizational and logistic deadlines since each of the Schools of the Politecnico could have timelines different for each Study Program and Campus.
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.
Website of School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering reports the professors of each Course of current Academic Year, besides the members of the Council and of student-Professor joint committee.
Homepage of the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering:
Departments that provide courses of the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering and related link:
Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (DABC) http://www.abc.polimi.it/
Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) http://www.dastu.polimi.it/
Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta" (CMIC) http://www.chem.polimi.it
Department of Design http://www.dipartimentodesign.polimi.it/
Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB) http://www.deib.polimi.it/
Department of Energy (DENG) http://www.energia.polimi.it
Department of Physics (DFIS) http://www.fisi.polimi.it
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICA) http://www.dica.polimi.it
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) http://www.dig.polimi.it
Department of Mathematics “Francesco Brioschi” (DMAT) http://www.mate.polimi.it
Department of Mechanical Engineering (DMEC) http://www.mecc.polimi.it/
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
Teaching Structures of the Leonardo Campus
Student services are responsible for guidance and career management for students enrolled in degree programmes and specialist degrees, the right to study, international mobility and all those services in support of university life.
Student services web pages
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
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.
The setting up of the Degree Course in Civil Engineering, including the activation of the three-year programme in English, represents the development of the strategic objective of the Politecnico di Milano towards internationalization.
International students will have the opportunity to have solid theoretical and basic knowledge in mathematics, physics, continuum mechanics, structural mechanics, structural design and in other disciplines characterizing civil engineering
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, Student-Professor joint committee 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 96/110 if graduated in other Italian Universities. The admission of graduates having other types of diploma is conditional upon the evaluation of a specific board.
Admission criteria to the MSc Degree Programmes of the School of Civil Environmental and Land Management Engineering, starting from the academic year 2019/2020 - approved by the School Board on March 23, 2017 - confirmed by the School Board on March 3, 2019.
a) Graduates of the Politecnico di Milano
a1) For graduates from the Politecnico di Milano, who obtained a degree in a BSc programme of the same name as the MSc programme, admission is automatically allowed in the following cases:
- for graduates who recorded at least 100 CFUs (credits), with a weighted average mark (M) ≥ 24/30, by 30 September of the 2nd year from enrollment, and who graduated in not more that 4 academic years from enrollment;
- when the average (M) of the marks obtained on the exams required to graduate, weighted by credits, complies with the constraints shown in the following table, which refers to the number of academic years (a.y.s) taken to graduate:
|Number of academic years (a.y.s)
a.y.s < 4
a.y.s < 5
a.y.s ≥ 5
N.B. Academic years end at the winter graduation session (February or March)
a2) For graduates from the Politecnico di Milano who obtained a degree in a BSc programme of a name different from the MSc programme, is subject to the same rules as set out at point a1), provided that the decision of the Board in charge of the evaluation procedures is favorable. The Board might require the student to have compulsory courses in his/her study plan, and/or achieve additional credits in selected courses before enrollment in the MSc.
b) Graduates from other Italian universities
- For graduates from other Italian universities, in addition to the positive opinion of the Evaluation Board, admission might be conditional upon the achievement of additional credits in selected courses, as defined by the Board. The average of the marks obtained in the exams required to graduate, weighted by the number of credits, must not be lower than 24/30.
c) Graduates from foreign universities
- For graduates from foreign universities, in addition to the positive opinion of the Evaluation Board, admission is conditional upon verification of the appropriateness of the obtained degree.
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:
Only the original in Italian is valid.
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