Study Plan


In order to meet the new needs of society and to foster technological progress, Politecnico di Torino is committed to teaching students not only technical competences (Hard Skills) but also transferable skills, (Soft Skills). The purpose is to contribute to developing a better awareness of the need for interdisciplinarity, team-working, language, and IT enhancement, improvement in the field of knowledge and management of international research systems, exploitation of research results, intellectual property and the promotion of future professional careers. For this reason, Politecnico di Torino also recognizes the number of hours that Ph.D. candidates have spent in external activities for the development of Hard and Soft Skills. 

Every year, the School invites internationally-recognized lecturers to teach high-level courses. These courses, in line with the mission and strategic policy-making of our Ph.D. programmes, are called Guest lectures. Their catalogue represents an opportunity to provide a broader perspective on research topics.

Politecnico di Torino believes in the importance of a third-level education in which students get familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals, a subject that is transversally covered in our courses.

Each Ph.D. candidate builds his/her study plan with the support of the Supervisor filling out the Declaration of Intent (DOI) after the beginning of the academic year. The DOI can be modified and new courses can be added to it during the three years.An array of e-learning courses integrate and enhance the courses taught in class.

The School Board has approved the guidelines for the calculation of training and research activities, summarized in this scheme. There is a  system, called "cruscotto", which calculates the educational activities, publications and external activities. For each of these items, the School Board has defined a score that the Ph.D. candidates need to achieve by the end of the three-year term of the programme. 

We encourage all Ph.D candidates to take the majority of courses in the first two years, so they can work on their research project during the final year. 

At the end of each year, the Academic Board evaluates the training and research activities carried out by each Ph.D. candidate and decide on his/her admission to year 2 and 3 and to the final oral defence. A negative opinion of the Board leads to the exclusion of the Ph.D. candidate from the programme.