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Doctoral Program Form

 

The Doctoral Program Form contains, year by year, the description of the PhD program of each Doctoral student. This form must be submitted to the PhD coordinator with roughly the following timing:

  • by the end of February of the first year for first year students
  • before the admission to the second year by perspective second year students
  • before the admission to the third year by perspective third year students

The Doctoral Program Form is approved by the PhD board, roughly within two weeks after submission for the first year, and as part of the admission to the next year for the second and third year.

The Doctoral Program requirements place formalized emphasis on methodology and mastery of fundamental and applied engineering systems concepts. A Doctoral Program Form should be constructed in agreement with the Faculty mentor, that is the supervisor or tutor, by complying to the requirements described below.

 

First year Doctoral Program


  • Advanced courses: 12 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Seminars and laboratory activities: 6 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Research activity: 36 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Additional independent formation and research activities: 6 Credit Formation Units (CFU)

The first year Doctoral Program foresees that each doctoral students takes courses of the “Advanced courses” category, for a total of 12 Credit Formation Units (CFU). To be credited as advanced, a course must mandatorily be completed by an evaluation exam with final evaluation provided by the course instructor. If not completed in the first year, these credits can be completed in the second year. The choice of the courses should take into account the background of each student, in order to, when necessary, complete the formation in the specific area of the doctoral student topic.

Research and laboratory activities can be roughly quantified as 20 hours per credit.

It is not required that the thesis topic be defined within the first year. The aim of the research activity in the first year is mainly to acquire the method towards a scientific approach, to learn how to work in a team, and to integrate the national and international research community of the selected research area.

The activities of the doctoral student are monitored during the year by the doctoral student PhD advisory committee, that is formed by two members of the PhD board plus a third member who can also be an external expert.

Admission in the second year is subject to approval by the PhD board. This approval is based on the following elements:

  • a report presented by the doctoral student in which it is indicated which courses and seminars were effectively taken, and that must also contain a synthetic descritpion of the research and formation activity of the year, as well as, when present, the list of scientific publications that have been published, submitted, or in preparation
  • a report presented by the supervisor or tutor to supplement the report presented by the doctoral student
  • an oral presentation of the achievements to the PhD board

First year doctoral students should submit their Doctoral Program Proposal using the First year Doctoral Program Form

 

Second year Doctoral Program


  • Advanced courses: 0 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Seminars and laboratory activities: 6 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Research activity: 42 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Additional independent formation and research activities: 6 Credit Formation Units (CFU)

During the second year, the doctoral student may complete the credits corresponding to advanced courses, that were not completed in the first year.

By the end of the first year, the research topic must be defined and presented at the beginning the second year in the Doctoral Program. This topic will lead to the final PhD output, that is the PhD dissertation.

The research activities are carried out under the supervision of the PhD supervisor or tutor. The activities of the doctoral student are monitored during the year by the doctoral student PhD advisory committee.

Most often, stays abroad by the doctoral student occur during the second or third year. Any plan for visiting other institutions should appear in the Doctoral Program.

Admission in the third year is subject to approval by the PhD board. This approval is based on the following elements:

  • a report presented by the doctoral student in which it is indicated which courses and seminars were effectively taken, and that must also contain a synthetic descritpion of the research and formation activity of the year, as well as, when present, the list of scientific publications that have been published, submitted, or in preparation
  • a report presented by the supervisor or tutor to supplement the report presented by the doctoral student
  • an oral presentation of the achievements to the PhD board

Second year doctoral students should submit their Doctoral Program Proposal using the Second year Doctoral Program Form

 

Third year Doctoral Program


 

  • Advanced courses: 0 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Seminars and laboratory activities: 6 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Research activity: 42 Credit Formation Units (CFU)
  • Additional independent formation and research activities: 6 Credit Formation Units (CFU)

The third year is dedicated to  research activities and completion of the PhD dissertation.

Any plan for visiting other institutions abroad should appear in the Doctoral Program Form.

Admission to the thesis defense is subject to approval by the PhD board. This approval is based on the following elements:

  • a report presented by the doctoral student in which it is indicated which courses and seminars were effectively taken, and that must also contain a synthetic descritpion of the research and formation activity of the year, as well as, when present, the list of scientific publications that have been published, submitted, or in preparation
  • a report presented by the supervisor or tutor to supplement the report presented by the doctoral student
  • an oral presentation of the achievements to the PhD board

In order to be awarded with the PhD degree in Information and Communications Technologies, the doctoral student must be admitted to defend its thesis. The thesis defense PhD committee who evaluates the work and awards the degree is formed by external academics selected by the PhD board within national and non national universities and research centers.

Third year doctoral students should submit their Doctoral Program Proposal using the Third year Doctoral Program Form