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Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for students wishing to enrol in the Master Course are a degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or equivalent qualifications. Typically, students are expected to have a higher education degree with a minimum of:

  • Bachelor degree with 300 ECTS-credit points* (typically equivalent to a 5 years Bachelor). At exceptional situations, applicants with 240 ECTS-credit points, with previous work experience may apply (subject to case-by-case analysis of eligibility of work experience to compensate for the missing 60 ECTS).
  • this requirement becomes a Master degree with 300 ECTS-credit points* for all students whose mobility track includes POLIMI (typically equivalent to a Master with a total of 5 years of studies).

Admission is made on a competitive basis; the students are assessed on the basis of their previous academic record.

Students who have not completed their Civil Engineering or Architecture or equivalent degree but predict to graduate before August 31, 2020, can apply to the Master course and receive a grant. If selected, their admission will be conditional on the receipt of the degree diploma by the MSc Secretariat before July 31, 2020 (European Commission grant holders) and August 31, 2020 (other applicants).

Upon application, students must provide:

  • letter of motivation between 1500 and 5000 characters (spaces included);
  • detailed Curriculum Vitae in European format (see instructions here);
  • certificates and diplomas from previous universities studies;
  • transcripts of records including grades and course syllabus from previous university studies;
  • certificates of relevant work experience and other professional certificates, if any;
  • two recommendation letters (sent by the recommender directly to the BIM A+ secretariat with this template);
  • proof of residence (issued within 12 months before the submission deadline).

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL certificate paper based (minimum score 525);
  • TOEFL certificate internet based (minimum score 72);
  • IELTS certificate (academic version, minimum score 6.5);
  • other recognized language proficiency certificate.

The language proficiency certificate must be less than 3 years old.

If you don’t have an official English proficiency certificate but consider that your English knowledge is enough to enroll in an English taught Master programme, you may still apply anyway. A relevant declaration/proof should be attached anyway in the application form in the field “other recognized language proficiency certificate”. Please consider that if you opt to not submit an official English proficiency certificate this may determine a lower score during the evaluation process. In case an applicant not having submitted a recognized English certificate reaches an eligibility position for scholarship or enrollment, an interview will be scheduled for verification and validation of the claimed English skills, as to assess the validity of the score attributed.

Admission is subjected to the approval of the BIM A+ Managing Board, and is based upon the applicant’s ability and motivation, recommendation letters and language skills.

*find out more about the ECTS system here.

The above process/requirements may be revised up to 31st October 2019 based on ongoing negotiations between Consortium members. In case of changes up to such date, candidates with registered applications will be notified by email.

Ranking of Applicants

The ranking of eligible applicants is based on the following criteria:

  • Previous higher education studies and quality of the institutions;
  • Relevant work experience;
  • Recommendation letters;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Additional information (publication, awards, etc.)


The language of instruction and the language of examinations is English. Courses (including course material), examinations and study counselling are available in English only.

Students are also encouraged to attend one national language and culture course (Portuguese, Italian or Slovene).

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