Politecnico di Milano

Leading innovation since 1863
Technology, Creativity and Culture

The Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding technical Universities in Europe and ranked by the QS World University, Engineering and Technology 2012, among the leading fifty universities in the world. Funded in 1863, it is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy, with three main campuses located in Milan –the heart of fashion and design industries and the future venue of Expo 2015– and five more premises around the Lombardy region.

Many important scientists and architects studied and taught here, among them Achille Castiglioni, Gio Ponti, Renzo Piano and Aldo Rossi, both Pritzker Prize in 1990 and 1998 respectively, and Giulio Natta, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963.

The Politecnico di Milano offers innovative programmes at all levels, within 6 schools of engineering, 2 schools of architecture and 1 school of design. Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, many programmes are taught entirely in English, attracting an ever-increasing number of talented foreign students, which now form a diverse community from more than 100 different countries. In the academic year 2010/2011, 13% of the total students enrolled on Master of Science programmes were foreign.

Inter and multidisciplinarity is fostered throughout the academic path, and it is the methodological approach of the Phd School and the ASP (Alta Scuola Politecnica), a school for young talents from all over the world, who develop their skills in a team work context to pursue complex innovation projects.

Students are offered also focused and personalized career services, from in-class and online meetings with companies, to workshops on soft skills and the job market, along with announcements and guidance for international careers.

Teaching is increasingly related to research, a key commitment that enables to achieve results of high international standards, while creating connections with the business world.

Strategic research is carried out mainly in the fields of energy, transport, planning, management, design, mathematics and natural and applied sciences, ICT, built environment, cultural heritage, with more than 130 laboratories, among these also a Wind Tunnel and a Crash Test centre.

According to a Peer Review performed in 2007, a research assessment by international evaluation panels, 40% of the Faculty belongs to groups evaluated excellent at International level.

In 2003, the Politecnico di Milano created a foundation, the “Fondazione Politecnico di Milano”, to contribute to the economic and cultural growth; the foundation acts as a driver of development, favours innovation in business and provides incentives for competitiveness at international level, disseminating knowledge and its transfer to industry and to the tertiary sector.
In this context, the Politecnico di Milano also decided to facilitate the development of innovative entrepreneurship through the creation of the “Acceleratore d’Impresa”, a business incubator that supports start-ups offering the infrastructures and services they need in order to grow. It was founded in 2000, when the university detected the need for a unit that could host and foster high-technology start-up companies, competent for transforming the results of scientific research into industrial applications. 

Research goes hand in hand with cooperation with the industrial system. On one hand being confronted with the needs of manufacturing, industrial and public administration sectors helps research to approach new terrain and to meet the need for constant and rapid innovation. On the other hand, the university must identify the research issues and stimulate companies and industries to accept the challenge.

In the last few years, technological transfer has turned into technological cooperation: both companies and institutions have become our partners not only in defining common research interests, but also in strengthening key infrastructures, transforming joint ventures and joint labs into industrial sites and developing Joint Research Centres. Together with some leading industry players, our Joint Research Centres have the mission to outline long-term scenarios, develop pre-competitive research of interest of different players and establish long-term competitive research streams. The first centres established are the Energy JRC and the Transport JRC.ç

Number of campuses

Politecnico di Milano is made up of seven campuses distributed in the cities of Milano (Leonardo and Bovisa campuses), Como, Lecco, Cremona, Mantova and Piacenza.

This multi-centered structure is called Politecnico Network.
Campuses are part of the governing structure of seats which, in accordance with the scientific and educational development program of the university, is associated with a long-term project, implemented with multi-year development plans, aimed at integrating didactic, research, and technology transfer activities, also in accordance with the specificities, needs and opportunities of the reference territory.

Number of​ faculties

There are 9 active Schools: every School is responsible for the study programme belonging to its own discipline


The Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863.

Location, etc.

Main location is Milano.

N​ame of the faculties

1st School of Architecture (Architecture and Society)

2nd School of Architecture (Civil Architecture)

School of Design

1st School of Engineering (Civil Engineering, Environment and Territory)

2nd School of Engineering (System Engineering)

3rd School of Engineering (Industrial Processes Engineering)

4th School of Engineering (Industrial Engineering)

5th School of Engineering (Information Engineering)

6th School of Engineering (Architectural engineering)

Number of students a​nd teaching staff




Professors & Researchers








Training​ programs

  • Name of the programs

  • Number of students in each program

At the Politecnico di Milano you will find

- 29 Bachelor of Science programmes (Laurea)

- 34 Master of Science programmes (Laurea Magistrale)

The list of Bachelor programs is available here.

The list of Master programs is available here.

Scientific prod​uction

  • Publication statistics

Statistics for the whole university are not available. For the Dept. of Electronics and Information (DEI), statistics are available at:


Research entitie​s or labs

There are 16 Departments which are active in the Politecnico di Milano:

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Architectural Projects

  • Architecture and Planning (DIAP)

  • Bioengineering

  • Chemistry Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta"

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Electronics and Information (DEI)

  • Energy

  • Building and Environment Sciences and Technology (BEST)

  • Environmental, Hydraulic, Infrastructures and Surveying Engineering (DIIAR)

  • Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion (INDACO)

  • Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG)

  • Mathematics "Francesco Brioschi"

  • Mechanics

  • Physics

  • Structural Engineering (DIS)

International rankings positions

According to QS World University Rankings among Technical Universities, Politecnico di Milano is

  • 1st in Italy

  • 18th in Europe

  • 63th in the World

Foreign students reception

  • Statistics of foraing students in the institution

International students coming from 83 countries

  • 1,200 at BSC (5%)

  • 1,100 at MSC (10%)

  • 150 PhD (18%)

  • Students facilities (foraing laguages courses, etc.)

Most of Master of Science programs are taught in English (by 2014 all of them will be in English). Most of PhD programs are in English. Bachelor of Science programs are mainly in Italian.

All useful information for international students is available at: