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PhD Program Overview

First year:
The first year is subdivided into two semesters, devoted to classroom teaching. The first semester offers the basic methodological tools and principles of the core subjects of the program, whereas the second one pertains to more advanced and specialized courses. The latter will be possibly given in a parallel fashion, if they belong to different curricula.
Every student must attend courses for about 220 total hours (an exception to this is allowed for PhD students enrolled in a position of “Dottorato industriale” or “Dottorato in apprendistato”, more in general “Executive PhD”).
Each course is usually composed of one or more modules, possibly taught by different lecturers. Each course’s activities can include, besides lectures, seminars and workshops. Each course is directed by a single teacher, who coordinates lecturers, experts and seminar speakers of the different modules. Students will be engaged in library study, and/or in project works (depending on each course; essay writing, bibliographic research and analysis, case studies, software practice). The final evaluation depends these works and, for about one half of the courses, on written exams (mid-February and end-June)
By the end of first year (October) students must submit a report of their own activities and a substantial research proposal (together with methodologies and expected results). Based on the latter, one or more supervisors will be assigned to his/her research work.

Second year:
Before the end of first year students must choose between the two curricula offered by the program: Applied economics and management (held mainly in Pavia) and Innovation and technology management (held mainly in Bergamo).
During second year each student must spend at least four months in a University belonging to the doctorate’s network, preferably a foreign one. The place and the external supervisor will depend on the student’s research field, taking account of available possibilities.
When staying in Italy, students must attend all seminars and workshops organized by the PhD program. Over Spring and Summer they will be asked to present, in dedicated seminars, their research advances.
At the end of second year, a Committee will assess their research work, based on intermediate reports of the supervisors.

Third year:
Third year is devoted to the completion of the PhD dissertation. Students, if present in Italy, must also attend all seminars and workshops organized by the PhD program. In Spring-Summer they must present, in proper seminars, their research advances.
At the end of this year an internal Committee will assess whether the thesis can be passed on to two external referees, as required by current National rules, who will decide to admit the student to the final exam (thesis presentation and defence).


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