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. Extensions of at most one year can be granted for exceptional reasons (see Article 10 of Sapienza PhD rules of procedure).
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 from 1982, that is the year of institution of the doctoral program in Italy. A PhD cycle starting in the academic year 2017/2018 is labeled as cycle XXXIII (thirty-three 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
The Doctoral Program requirements place formalized emphasis on depth in methodology as well as mastery of fundamental and applied engineering concepts.
At the beginning of each year, doctoral students, in agreement with their supervisor, must submit to the PhD coordinator a research and activity plan using the Doctoral Program Form. This form is then processed for approval by the PhD board.
The above plan contains courses and seminars to be attended, conferences to which participation is forecasted, and foreseen research activities.
At the end of each year, doctoral students enrolled in the first and second years, in agreement with their supervisor, must submit to the PhD coordinator a research and activity report using the Doctoral Report Form. This form is then processed by the PhD board to decide on the admission of the doctoral student to the following year. Final year students must report on their overall academic and scientific achievements during the 3 years of the PhD, by submitting a specific document called Final Report Form.The submission of the Doctoral Report Form, vs. Final Report Form for third year doctoral students, is a mandatory requirement towards admission to the following year, and ultimately to the PhD defense, by the PhD board.
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+1-201x+2 (November 1, 201x+1, October 31 201x+2):
- beginning of October 201x+2: present PhD program proposal for third year to the PhD coordinator
- mid-October 201x+2: 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+2-201x+3 (November 1, 201x+2, October 31 201x+3)::
- end of October 201x+3: submit the PhD thesis for evaluation by two external referees appointed by the PhD board
- first half of December 201x+3: presentation of achievements and PhD dissertation to the PhD board. Output is either admitted to the regular session, or admitted to the recovery session, or not admitted at all to the PhD defense
- for students admitted to the regular session: PhD defense that will take place within February 28, 201x+4.
- for students admitted to the recovery session: resubmit the PhD thesis by mid June 201x+4 for re-evaluation by the external referees; PhD defense will take place within September 30, 201x+4.
- for students not admitted: no further chances to obtain the PhD degree from the Sapienza PhD in ICT program.
The PhD defense takes place either within the end of February (for the regular session) or the end of September (for the recovery session) of the year following the completion of the academic PhD program.
The PhD defense committee is usually formed by five professors of the national and international communities.
In the case of double-degree doctoral programs the PhD defense committee is appointed by the PhD board as specified in the double-degree convention, to reflect a balanced composition of the academic members of the two institutions awarding the degree.