About The PhD Program

The PhD Course offers student a wide range of academic options, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary teaching staff and the availability of laboratories.

Students might attend basic or advanced courses in all distinctive areas: from design technologies and software realisation, to hardware implementation technologies; from information elaboration methodologies, to infrastructures for their distribution in networks.

The program consist of 180 credits. The credits are awarded by the Doctorate commission according to the following criteria:

  • examinations passed;
  • tutor/advisor’s satisfactory assessment;
  • external tutor’s satisfactory assessment;
  • prototypes and publications published in magazines or presented in international conferences;
  • certificates declaring the presentation of research results in international conferences.

For more information, see the Study Regulations .

E4E Doctoral School

The PhD Programme in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is part of the E4E Doctoral School (Engineering for Economics – Economics for Engineering) in collaboration with the Enzo Ferrari PhD Programme in Engineering, Industry and Territory, the PhD Programme in Industrial Innovation Engineering and the PhD Programme in Labour, Development and Innovation

Research areas

See the research area page for a complete list of research areas covered by the Doctorate programme.

International Dimension

English is the official language. All courses are taught in English. Oral and written exams as well as the thesis are in English. English is also the everyday language in the interaction with the Faculty and the admininistration.

Students are strongly recommended to spend at least three months of their doctorate studies in a top international research or academic institution. A significant increase of the grant is guaranteed during this period. Partecipation to international summer schools and conferences are strongly encouraged.




Students are assigned a tutor/advisor who follows and advises the student throughout their research fieldwork.


Thesis and Degree examination

The final examination consists of a public discussion and a written dissertation.

Since 2011, the PhD dissertations of the students of the ICT school are freely available online.


Academic year

The Academic year begins on November, 1st and ends on October, 31st.


The PhD students will be covered by the University assurance.