The PhD is the third and highest university degree level of education in Italy. In Italy, the access to a PhD program is in general intended for those who already hold a second level degree, such as a Master of Science or equivalent, and want to invest in a higher level of education in a specific research field.
The PhD program has a standard duration of three years. For motivated and approved reasons, such as maternity leave, special personal conditions, delay in achieving requested level, this duration can be extended by one year leading to an overall duration of four years. The extension can be granted for one year only.
A PhD cycle begins on the first day of November and ends after three years, on October 31. PhD cycles are conventionally labeled with an ordinal Roman number, that counts the order of the course starting in 1982, that is the year of institution of the doctoral program in Italy. A PhD cycle starting in the academic year 2013/2014 is labeled as cycle XXX (thirty in Roman numbering) .
Sapienza PhD in ICT is organized into four broad areas indicated as PhD curriculum. Each area includes several research groups.
- Curriculum in Applied Electromagnetics
- Curriculum in Electronics Engineering
- Curriculum in Information and Communication Engineering
- Curriculum in Radar and Remote Sensing
Academic program information
On each year, doctoral students must submit to the PhD coordinator a research and activity program proposal that must be approved by the PhD board. This proposal must contain the research lines, as well as an activity plan describing courses and seminars that one plans to attend, conferences to which it is planned to participate and present research achievements, summer and winter schools, etc. The doctoral program requirements place formalized emphasis on depth in methodology as well as mastery of fundamental and applied engineering concepts. Each doctoral student must construct a doctoral program in agreement with its faculty mentor, indicated as supervisor or tutor, using the Doctoral Program Form.
At the end of each year, the PhD board examines the accomplishments of each doctoral student, also based on the program proposal, and decides whether a doctoral student is admitted to the following year. The program milestones indicating the stages through which a doctoral student should progress at roughly the below specified times
first-year doctoral students in academic year 201x-201x+1 (November 1, 201x, October 31 201x+1)
- end of February 201x+1: present PhD program proposal to the PhD coordinator
- shortly after: PhD program proposal approved by PhD board
- beginning of October 201x+1: present PhD program proposal for second year to the PhD coordinator
- mid-October 201x+1: final year examination and presentation of achievements to the PhD board. Output is pass/nonpass to the PhD second year, together with approval of PhD program for second year
second-year doctoral students in academic year 201x-201x+1 (November 1, 201x, October 31 201x+1):
- beginning of October 201x+1: present PhD program proposal for third year to the PhD coordinator
- mid-October 201x+1: second year examination and presentation of achievements to the PhD board. Output is pass/nonpass to the PhD third year, together with approval of PhD program for third year
third-year doctoral students in academic year 201x-201x+1 (November 1, 201x, October 31 201x+1)::
- first half of December 201x+1: final examination with PhD board. Presentation of achievements and PhD dissertation to the PhD board. Output is admitted/nonadmitted to the PhD defense
- between January and July 201x+2: PhD defense with external PhD committee formed by professors of the national and international academic communities.
The PhD defense takes place between January and July of the year following the completion of the academic PhD program. It consists in submitting the PhD dissertation and presenting research achievements to the PhD committee.
The PhD committee is usually formed by three professors of the national and international communities. This committee is elected by the end of final-year academic program students. In the case of double-degree doctoral programs the PhD committee is composed by more than three members, as specified in the double-degree convention, to reflect a balanced composition of the academic members of the to institutions awarding the degree.
Doctoral students should submit the PhD dissertation to the PhD committee members at least one month prior to the defense.