Doctoral research (PhD) programmes
Doctoral research programmes are postgraduate university programmes providing specialised training to those who wish to undertake advanced research.
The academic pathway includes the definition and development of a research project - through advanced teaching programmes and individual in-depth studies, in many cases also involving cultural exchanges with other Countries - and results in the production of a thesis based on original experimental work.
These are 3 or 4 year programmes. Attendance is mandatory.
To be admitted to a doctoral programme applicants must:
- hold a Master's degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification (or a Diploma for those who graduated before Ministerial Decree 509/99 entered into force);
- pass the admission tests, as indicated in the calls for application published annually by the University;
Qualification awarded an employment prospects
The Doctoral degree is awarded on passing the final exam, during which students defend their doctoral thesis. The degree allows access to the world of scientific research, mainly in the academic world but also in independent research centres and production facilities.
Scholarships are awarded to PhD students based on their position in the general ranking lists. In cases of equal merit, scholarships are assigned on the basis of the candidate’s economic situation. Doctoral places not covered by a scholarship are awarded to the youngest candidate.
Doctoral scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already obtained a PhD, with or without scholarship.
The University decides on the amount of the study scholarship. Scholarships have a yearly duration and are renewed as long as the doctoral student is admitted into the following year.
The doctoral programme offers a theoretical-analytical and technical-methodological preparation rooted in an excellent tradition of international research on empirical sociology. It aims to train researchers in the analysis of current processes of cultural and social change based on the close integration of theory and empirical research. The programme aims to provide a solid theoretical-conceptual preparation along with mastery of the most up-to-date research methodologies and techniques, both quantitative and qualitative. This translates into a programme which provides students with all the tools for undertaking original, theoretically oriented and empirically based research on a wide range of aspects of contemporary society. Particular attention is given to comparison between different social situations and contexts, also in supranational contexts and through extended periods of research abroad. Lectures are delivered in English. Although well anchored in the concepts and methods of sociological research, the student will regularly interact with the other social sciences - anthropology, psychology, political sciences, economics, demography, statistics, informatics - to gain a fuller understanding of phenomena under study.
The main areas of doctoral research in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research regard social change and inequalities, cultural processes, the media and the public sphere, urban spaces, and methodologies in social research.
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