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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 1.69k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 27 May 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 2059pts.
  • Duration:
  • 3 years

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    The Doctorate Course in “Preservation of the Architectural Heritage” was first held at Milan-based Politecnico back in 1983. Today it is about to celebrate the 31st research and education anniversary where overarching attention will be paid to currently crucial themes such as protection, design and intervention over the built heritage and landscape.

    The team of professors promoting and participating in the debate under way on a national and international scale will deal with a broad range of issues requiring multi-disciplinary knowledge and competence. On the strength of a solid, long-standing research tradition, the themes addressed and the methodologies adopted are meant to up-date contents and tools, the approach to the modern contemporary themes of cultural heritage protection and, accordingly, foster the development of innovative research processes.

    The tutorial activities will be contributed by professors from prestigious schools of architecture and engineering as well as foremost experts of protection of the cultural heritage in Italy (ISCR, former ICR, Istituto Centrale del Restauro; Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage – ICVBC - of the CNR), with their multiplicity skills and strong network of partnership with other national and international research institutes and private institutions responsible for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. Teaching and research activities thereby outline an unprecedented context in the Italian panorama.

    The doctorate course thus becomes the place where theorization, methodology, investigation into the most significant chapters of the protection of historic architectural and cultural heritage are connected to complex, challenging operating research themes, on-site and lab experimentation of analytical and diagnostic stages and, finally, the experimentation at building sites which cater for the foremost Italian works.

    The Faculty Board organization allows to investigate and share extremely relevant, up-to-date topics that, architectural heritage being the high spot of research, describe the complex domain of preservation, a strategic field and, at the same time, one of the chief resources of the Italian economy and future.

    Being a mix of differentiated research, experimentation and operating methods, the PhD programme provides the candidate with a rich and very interesting experience. 



    University requirements

    Admission Requirements

    Who can apply

    In order to be eligible to apply to a Laurea (equivalent to bachelor degree) programme, you must hold a secondary school qualification conferred after a minimum of 12 years of schooling (overall). Moreover, you must have achieved your qualification after at least 2 years of attendance of the same education system.

    Enrolment procedure

    In order to complete the enrolment procedures you need to prepare the following documents in the country where the educational system of the school issuing your diploma belongs to (for example: for a school with British educational system in Peruvian territory the authorities of reference are those of the UK).

    You will then consign the original documents upon official enrolment. Documents at point 1, 3, 4 and 5 must be duly apostilled (only if the country where the diploma has been achieved is part of the Hague Convention abolishing requirement for legalization of foreign public documents). Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties of the Convention.

    Documents requiered 

    • Diploma of secondary education: Unless the document is not issued by the school directly in English, French or Spanish, a translation is mandatory. Politecnico di Milano accepts translations in Italian (preferably), English, French or Spanish. 
    • Declaration of Value% Issued by the Italian Diplomatic Representative related to the high school degree. The Declaration of Value is a document, released by the Italian competent Authority in the Country to which the educational system of your school refers, attesting the validity of your Diploma and in particular attesting you are entitled to enter University.Students graduated in Europe can replace the Declaration of Value with a Certificate Supplement.
    • English language test: students enrolled in Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programmes held in English; the minimum requirements for English language proficiency.
    • Certificate: confirming the examinations passed and translated into Italian if not issued by the university directly in English, French or Spanish. Politecnico di Milano accepts translation into Italian, English, French or Spanish.

    Note: only English mother tongue students and those who can prove that English was the medium of instruction of their secondary studies are exempted from providing an English language certification. In this last case, students are required to provide an official document, issued by the school or the government, certifying that English was their medium of instruction.

    Program requirements


    • Online admission procedure
    • Have obtained a Laurea Magistrale in Italy (or equivalent qualifications that are valid for admission to PhD programmes) with a final mark no lower than 95/110 or 86/100;
    • • In case of qualifications obtained abroad, have the minimum average score in exams indicated in the appendix to the call; (attachment 1). For the Countries not included in this list, the evaluation 
    • Research project
    • Health insurance
    • CV 
    • Language certificates (English).IELTS ≥ 6, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based (total score) ≥ 78, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper based (total score) ≥ 547, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) computer based (total score) ≥ 210.


    For the three-year duration of their studies, PhD candidates may be supported by scholarships.

    Scholarships vary from € 1000 to € 1500, the amount depends on the proposed research topic. Scholarship holders receive a tuition fees waiver; they will have to pay a small administrative fee for registration (€ 185,58 per year).

    Those having benefited from a scholarship for a Ph.D. course, even partially, may not apply for a second time.

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