Political Studies (POLS) call for application 2018-2019
The mission of the program
The complexity of contemporary political processes – the discrepancy between institutional and policy designs and their outcomes, the changes in the political behavior deriving from new forms of communication, the always stricter intersection between the domestic and international sphere, the ethical dilemmas involved by all these dynamics – and their interpretation require the mastering of specific knowledge and methods.
In order to address these challenges, the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences organizes a doctoral programme in Political Studies where the empirical-positive tradition and the theoretical-normative school are integrated coherently.
The aim of the doctoral programme in Political Studies is to train highly-skilled professionals who can undertake research within academic institutions, think tanks and research centers, as well as provide consultancy for political, economic, public or private organizations at the national and international levels.
In order to apply for a place in the doctoral research programmes, students must have a second cycle degree, an equivalent qualification, or an equivalent qualification by study level (Master’s Degree) from a foreign University. The suitability of the foreign academic qualifications in terms of content is appraised by the Examining Committee of each doctoral programme, in compliance with the regulations in force in Italy and in the country in which the academic qualification was issued, and the international treaties or agreements pertaining to the conferment of qualifications for the continuation of studies. Those without a second cycle degree may also apply, but admission to the doctoral research programme is subject to completing the second cycle degree by 31 October 2018, on pain of exclusion from the programme.
Admission to the doctoral programmes is through a public selection procedure involving the evaluation of qualifications and tests for the comparative assessment of candidates. An Examining Committee set up and appointed in compliance with current regulations will carry out the procedure. Selection is intended to ascertain the qualifications, capacity and aptitudes of candidates for scientific research and their personal motivations. It is based on assessment of the CV, a research project, which may be inspired by the work of the second cycle degree thesis, and an interview. The research project, which should be drafted using a standard model (Form 1 attached hereto), is only for selection purposes and does not limit the choice of doctoral thesis in the case of admission. The CV and research project are assessed before the interview. The outcome of the assessment is available on the web page indicated in the table for each programme. The CV is evaluated on the basis of the candidate’s entire university career, publications, professional experience and other qualifications, if any. A maximum score of 20 points can be assigned to the CV. In assigning the points the committees consider the conditions and the period over which the candidate has obtained his qualifications. A maximum of 10 points can be assigned to the research project.Candidates who obtain a score of at least 50% of the maximum points obtainable for the CV and the research project can be called for interview.
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