The Department of Mathematics of the Politecnico di Milano is hosting a PhD program in Mathematical Models and Methods in Engineering, aiming at training high level researchers in advanced areas of Applied Mathematics. The teaching activities include a broad range of possibilities designed for the PhD program. As a successful approach to practical applications depends on a deep understanding of real-world phenomena and knowledge of mathematical tools for their description and for design, both modelling and methodological aspects are included, courses are offered in the area of natural sciences, in variational, differential and stochastic models, in numerical analysis and simulation, in operations research and computational and algorithmic methods.

Each student will be helped by a tutor - a member of the Faculty - who will help him to design his personal career development plan and guide him during the early stages of his learning activity within the program. The overall trainig activity lasts three years and consists of 180 credits (one credit is equivalent to 25 average hours of work).

Introductory courses (typical duration one semester) are required only to fill gaps in some particular areas mathematics, physics, computer science, if needed.

Main courses range from 40 to 60 credits and are designed specifically for the Doctoral Program in Mathematical Engineering. These courses are a kind of intensive lectures, practice and laboratory, condensed in a few weeks. Individual or small group study will be expected with personal deepening of arguments found in literature and scientific books. Each main course is followed by an individual exam.

Elective courses and training on specific topics represents the third stadium of the educational activities. The student will start a research in the frame of those active at the Department of Mathematics, including those conducted with international co-operations. The students will earn between 10 and 20 credits in this activity. Meanwhile the students will give or follow seminars and will attend short courses on very specific themes.