Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale


PhD Programme in Management Engineering

The PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG) offers students an advanced education together with the opportunity of carrying out research work in the fields of management, economics and industrial engineering.

The programme ensures that students build up a solid methodological background, allowing them to develop their multidisciplinary knowledge, an open minded approach to research and the ability to address problems in an innovative way, while combining different perspectives and approaches.

The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering’s commitment to research and its scientific collaborations with other institutions provide students with an ideal environment in which to pursue research in their personal fields of interest within a broad spectrum of different topics.

If you are interested to get more information and support, we invite you to fulfil the enquiry form of our University, specifying the PhD programme of interest.
By means of the “Get the Latest News” button, you will be re-directed to the enquiry form; afterwards, you will be contacted by a follow-up.

Location: Milan

Language: English

Format: Full Time/Part Time

Course Start: November

Application annual call: mid-April / mid-end of May

Additional calls for applications: July (2nd call) and October/November (3rd call)

Duration: 3 years Full Time
4 years Executive

Required degree: University Master of Science degree (or equivalent)


Tel: +39 02 2399 2774/4840
Email: phd-ges@polimi.it


What is the experience and relevance of the PhD programme

This video brings the voice of PhD candidates, DRIG alumni, and external stakeholders giving an insight into the PhD experience and useful suggestions for future PhD candidates. It helps to understand what is the PhD programme in Management Engineering and why to consider this path in one’s career and competence development.

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What is a PhD and Why doing the PhD programme

This video provides a presentation by our Programme coordinator, aimed to introduce the role of the Ph.D as a higher educational level and to provide useful information about the structure and opportunities of the Ph.D programme in Management Engineering.

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  • Access to the Ph.D. programme is through a competitive selection process.
  • The online application opens once a year around mid-April for the full time format (Annual Call); application and eligibility check are permanent for the executive format.
  • As well as the Annual Call, during the year there may be some Additional Calls for PhD places with scholarships linked to specific research topics.
  • Every year, the ranking of selected candidates will be published around mid July.

Research lines

Ph.D. yearbooks and thesis

The thesis abstracts are published in our yearbooks: https://www.dottorato.polimi.it/en/phd-programmes/engineering/management-engineering 


The programme is built on three main pillars:

  • Development of the doctoral thesis. The thesis is the hallmark of the Ph.D. programme. It allows students to develop leading-edge research competencies and to produce an original scientific contribution on a topic relevant for academics and practitioners.
  • Main courses on research methodologies and leading-edge topics in management, economics and industrial engineering.
  • Elective training activities. Students can customize their study plan depending on their research interests. The aim is to develop students’ scientific knowledge on specific topics and to expose them to the international scientific community by attending Ph.D. schools or workshops and presenting their research at international conferences.

Ph.D. candidates fulfil their research and training requirements under the supervision of scholars who are experts in their research fields.

The preparation of a Ph.D. thesis (125 ECTS) is eventually the qualifying activity of the Ph.D. programme. It allows students to develop leading-edge research competencies and to produce an original scientific contribution on a topic of significance for scientific debate and of interest for the business world.

The Ph.D. thesis is an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the candidate’s research field. The research will be supervised by members of the doctoral faculty, who will provide guidance to the candidate in setting out and arranging the everyday activities involved in the thesis development. The thesis can be edited in the form of a monograph or a collection of papers.

At the conclusion of the PhD studies, the Faculty Board evaluates the candidates. Candidates who receive a positive evaluation submit their theses to two external reviewers for refereeing. If the evaluation provided by the reviewers is positive (or after the revisions required by the external reviewers), the candidates may defend the thesis in front of a Committee composed of three members (at least two of which must be external experts).

The resulting thesis needs to be coherent with the research lines developed in the Department where the PhD programme is developed.

Each course lasts approximately one week and is composed of classroom lessons, individual study and group work.  

At the end of each year, the candidate will present the progress of the research project in front of a committee and will discuss it with a Discussant from the PhD Faculty.

All courses are taught in English.


Schedule of courses 2017-2018

Schedule of courses 2018-2019

Schedule of courses 2019-2020

Schedule of courses 2020-2021

Schedule of courses 2021-2022


STATUS OF APPLICATIONS: OPEN – Please check all the details in the tab “How to apply”

In order to be admitted to the PhD programme, students must hold a University Master of Science degree (or equivalent). The most relevant background university studies are those in the fields of economics, management and industrial engineering. However, students who hold degrees in other technical and scientific disciplines or in social sciences may also be admitted to the programme.

To be admitted to the Doctorate Programme in Management Engineering applicants must apply through a competitive selection process.
The application period runs once a year from mid-April until the mid/end of May (Annual Call). As well as the Annual Call, during the year there may be some Additional Calls for PhD places with scholarships linked to specific research topics.
A ranking of selected candidates will be published around mid-July for the fall intake. Th Ph.D academic year starts at the beginning of November.

Knowledge of English is required; to this end, applicants are required to submit one of the certificates listed below no later than end of October, if not already submitted at the closing date of the call. Failure to submit certificates within the established closing date for enrolment irrevocably results in the loss of the right to enrolment.
Below is a list of the certifications accepted by the Politecnico di Milano and the corresponding levels:

CAMBRIDGE IELTS (International English Language Testing System) ≥ 6
ETS – TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper based (total score) ≥ 547
ETS – TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) computer based (total score) ≥ 210
ETS – TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based (total score) ≥ 78
ETS – TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication -Listening and Reading Test ) ≥ 720

The said certification is valid regardless of the date when it was awarded.

Citizens of Countries in which English is an official language are not required to certify their knowledge of English; the same applies to applicants who have been awarded or will be awarded academic qualifications by an institute in which all teaching activity is carried out in English.
These applicants must attach official documents to their application; in particular, where all courses are carried out in English, this needs to be certified by the corresponding academic institute.

Please see more information on admission criteria here

Insights on the Application process

Admission to the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG) is limited to a predetermined number of students according to the scholarships available in the programme. This ensures the optimal development of each student while enriching the group’s learning and investigation process.

The “assisted consultation procedure” we provide in this website, aims to help you getting awareness of the scholarships available and of the on-line application you have to fulfil in order to submit your candidature.

The candidature may apply to different types of scholarship, both provided by DRIG, classified as:

  • Generic Scholarship
    • Elective Research in Management Engineering
    • Oriented Research in Management Engineering
  • Thematic Scholarship (also including interdisciplinary scholarships).

The “assisted consultation procedure” consists of 4 steps, integrating the information that can be consulted both in the PhD School website homepage and in this website.


Step 1 – Introductory information about all PhD programmes at Politecnico di Milano

Consult the page PhD Programmes - Dottorati di Ricerca for general information about PhD programmes currently active at Politecnico di Milano.

Consult the page Prospective PhD Candidates - Dottorati di Ricerca for general information for prospective PhD candidates (admission method, admission criteria, deadlines, etc.).

Step 2 – 38th Cycle PhD Call

Consult the page Calls and Regulations - Dottorati di Ricerca (polimi.it) to read the open Call with related details.
Once the application window is open, you will be redirected on the online procedure where you can submit your application.

Deadline: 20th May 2022 (2pm, Italian time)

Step 3 – Introductory information about the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG)

Consult the page Management Engineering to get introductory information about the PhD programme in Management Engineering (DRIG).

Step 4 – Scholarships available within all PhD programmes at Politecnico di Milano

Consult the Table of Available Places to know the types and numbers of scholarships offered within the Call in the PhD programmes currently active at Politecnico di Milano.


Double Degree PhD position from School of Management- Politecnico di Milano and Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 

The School of Management of Politecnico di Milano in collaboration with the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, is currently seeking applicants for one full-time PhD scholarship (4 years), starting from November 2022.

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Faculty Board

  • Arena Marika   
  • Arnaboldi Michela – PHD PROGRAM COORDINATOR
  • Cagliano Raffaella
  • Caniato Federico
  • Cigolini Roberto
  • Colicchia Claudia
  • Colombo Massimo
  • Dell’Era Claudio
  • Franzoni Chiara
  • Frattini Federico
  • Ghezzi Antonio
  • Grilli Luca
  • Kotlar Josip
  • Lamberti Lucio
  • Lettieri Emanuele
  • Melacini Marco
  • Micheli Guido
  • Mosconi Rocco
  • Pero Margherita
  • Piscitello Lucia
  • Piva Evila
  • Portioli Alberto
  • Tajoli Lucia
  • Tavoni Massimo
  • Terzi Sergio
  • Trucco Paolo 


The Ph.D. programme aims to train professionals who are able to carry out high-quality research in the fields of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at universities or other research institutions. Ph.D. graduates from DRIG are also well equipped with distinctive skills and advanced knowledge to pursue a professional career in manufacturing and service companies, regulatory authorities and other public bodies.

In this framework, the following opportunities are open to those completing the Ph.D. programme:

  • Post doc, research fellows and young lecturers in Italian and foreign universities;
  • researchers and scholars of management, economics or industrial engineering in the research departments of public and private organisations;
  • highly qualified personnel in research and training institutions, with the role of providing a link between universities and the business world, or in technology transfer centres in Italy and abroad;
  • professionals in leading management and strategic consulting firms able to provide deep and advanced insight in areas of activity relating to the company itself;
  • high level professional roles in national (ministries, regulatory authorities, local public institutions) and international (EIB, IMF, World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank) public institutions;
  • managerial roles in multinational companies with a strong focus on innovation;
  • entrepreneurs in contexts characterized by a high level of innovation.

Support actions for placement are provided with the purpose of sharing experiences, services and information through a number of initiatives fitting the different types of career opportunities. Amongst the actions, the “Placement programme for PhD candidates” is the programme offered by the Career Service, in cooperation with the PhD school of Politecnico di Milano. This programme is offered to all candidates to support them entering the job market. Other initiatives are directly supported by the Ph.D. programme in Management Engineering, to share experiences with invited speakers, to gather information on job fairs and funding initiatives, to build opportunities for networking and visibility, etc. Particular emphasis is given to career development in the Management Engineering area.


This page provides information publicly available and useful to support the Ph.D life.



08 April 2022

Final Defenses – PhD in Management Engineering – 26 April 2022


Country University/Institution Type of Agreement
Belgium Universiteit Gent Double Degree
Brazil Science without Borders General Agreement
Chile Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso Double Degree
China China Scholarship Council General Agreement
Colombia Universidad de los Andes Double Degree
Denmark CBS – Copenaghen Business School Double Degree
France Skema Business School Double Degree
Kazakhstan JSC Centre for International Programmes General Agreement
Russia HSE University – Higher School of Economics Double Degree
Spain Universidad Politecnica de Madrid Double Degree
Sweden KTH – Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan Double Degree
The Netherlands TU Delft Double Degree
UK University of York Co-tutelle agreement
UK University of Cardiff Co-tutelle agreement
UK University of Reading Double Degree
Vietnam VIED – Vietnam International Education Development General Agreement


30 PhD Cycle
  • Angioletti Cecilia Maria
  • Anzola Luca Giannino Paolo
  • Cavallo Angelo
  • De Carolis Anna
  • Donadoni Mattia
  • Fantini Paola Maria
  • Fernandez Campos Pablo
  • Gualandi Raffaella
  • Kundu Kaustav
  • Lessanibahri Sina
  • Mapelli Francesca
  • Milan Jocevski
  • Mousavi Seyed Sajad
  • Palasciano Claudio
  • Perini Stefano
  • Pinna Claudia
  • Pistorio Andrea
  • Rasini Monica
  • Rossini Matteo
  • Sadr Vahid
  • Salvadori Giulio
  • Sassanelli Claudio
  • Seregni Marco
  • Urbinati Andrea
31 PhD Cycle
  • Al Taji Farah Nabil Adel
  • Cannas Violetta Giada
  • Chiodo Veronica
  • Constant Francois
  • Derakhshanalavijeh Roya
  • Giraudo Emanuele
  • Giuffrida Maria
  • Latifi Gresa
  • Magistretti Stefano
  • Malandri Lorenzo
  • Napoleone Alessia
  • Neri Alessandra
  • Roshanghalb Afsaneh
  • Susur Ebru
  • Trabucchi Daniel
32 PhD Cycle
  • Costa Federica
  • Farinelli Marco
  • Flocco Nicole
  • Fontana Matteo
  • Loro Camillo
  • Manfredi Latilla Vito Maria
  • Pakhomova Liubov
  • Prataviera Lorenzo Bruno
  • Soncin Mara
  • Sullivan Brendan Patrick
  • Tedaldi Gianluca
  • Volpetti Claudia
33 PhD Cycle
  • Artusi Federico
  • Arano Keith
  • Bellis Paola
  • Bertoletti Alice
  • Cifone Fabiana Dafne
  • Diaz Lema Melisa Lucia
  • Leto Alessio Domenico
  • Martinazzi Stefano
  • Piantoni Giulia
  • Seghezzi Arianna
  • Siragusa Chiara
  • Tangi Luca
34 PhD Cycle
  • Acerbi Federica
  • Gheduzzi Eleonora
  • Kassem Bassel
  • Lanfranchi Davide
  • Mandolfo Marco
  • Pedota Mattia Fabio Junior
  • Sanasi Silvia
  • Zasa Federico Paolo

Industrial and Executive Ph.D. programme

In the past, Ph.D. graduates were employed mainly by research organizations, but now the demand for Ph.D. graduates is steadily growing across sectors. From a firm’s perspective, sponsoring a Ph.D. student is a wise investment not only in human capital, but also in research and innovation capacity.

The Industrial and Executive tracks of the Ph.D. Programme in Management Engineering are paths of research and advanced education specifically designed for junior professionals and senior managers, respectively.

The Industrial Ph.D. track is a full time programme (3 years), while the Executive track is a part-time programme (4 years), specifically designed to complement and be compatible with the candidate’s professional life.

Industrial Ph.D. scholarships are funded by firms and organizations, and address specific innovation challenges. The Executive Ph.D. requires an agreement between the school and the organization (e.g., the employer), which sponsors the programme and allows the candidate the time to conduct the required research.

Application procedure for the Industrial Ph.D track
Based on scholarships
Application: mid-April/May (1st intake); mid-November/December (2nd intake).
Deadline for enrolment: September 30th (1st intake) / December 31th (2nd intake)
Start of the academic year: November 1st (1st intake) / February 1st (2nd intake)
For further information, please open this section.



Application procedure for the Executive Ph.D track
Open throughout the year.
Notification (of acceptance): in 2 months
Deadline for enrolment: September 30th (1st intake) / December 31th (2nd intake)
Start of the academic year: November 1st (1st intake) / February 1st (2nd intake)
For further information, please open this section.



The executive format of the Ph.D. programme in Management Engineering offers a highly developed research course designed for leading managers and professional figures in the fields of research and innovation within both Private and Public organisations.

The programme has three objectives: 

  • to allow companies to experience innovation procedures that combine the rigour and methodology of academic research at international level with the practicality of a project of company innovation;
  • to allow participants to work within a stimulating international context where they can develop methodological and disciplinary skills in research and innovation.
  • to enable collaboration between company and university on cutting-edge research projects

The programme is specifically designed to complement and be compatible with each participant’s professional life, in a part-time format: it has the same requirements of the full time programme, but higher flexibility, consisting of a four-year part-time. The articulation of the programme is based on the same 3 main areas of education as reported in the “Contents and courses” section.

The small number of participants admitted on the course, the presence of renowned tutors and the possibility for students to choose from a wide range of training opportunities within the doctoral programme of Management Engineering and MIP – the Business School of Politecnico di Milano – are factors that allow students to develop a personalised programme that can be adapted to the requirements of both the students and their companies.

International collaboration with other doctoral programmes means that students come into contact and work with other cultures, differing experiences and advanced research methodologies.

The company will be able to cultivate a future leader in research and innovation whose training is tailored to company requirements, as well as having the methodological support of scholars and experts from one of the most prestigious European management schools.

Fees for the Executive Ph.D. program

The candidate is employed full time by a company. The company signs an agreement with Politecnico di Milano, sponsoring the candidate and committing to allow the time to conduct the PhD activities.

The fees € 24,000 cover university taxes, tuition fees and participation to activities offered by the School.

In case the company is interested on activating a customised research collaboration with the School, involving additional effort by the faculty, an additional research contract will be developed.

Out of these fees, the candidate receives a budget to support his attendance to PhD schools or conferences.

For further information, please contact: phd-ges@polimi.it


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