Program objectives

The PhD Course (also called Doctorate Course) in Computer Science and Mathematics aims to train researchers and high-level professional experts in these scientific sectors. These figures will be able to contribute significantly both to knowledge progress and applications and innovative technology development, in order to guarantee the ability of future PhD Doctorate students to enter the world of work. According to their vocational preparation, they will be able to work both in environments that promote the more theoretical aspects of research (universities and research laboratories) and in contexts where the applicative aspects are more important (firms), as well as in public administration and advanced tertiary sectors.

Another objective of the PhD Course is to insert the Doctorate students, as early stage researchers, into a system of exchanges and stages, which promote national and international contacts. This can also be achieved by student participation in research projects within their own Departments. At the end of his/her course of studies, the PhD student will have an in-depth knowledge of the state-of-the-art of the research theme of his/her thesis, be able to converse with researchers on analagous topics, take part in avantguard international projects and detect and validate the applicative and technological spin-offs of his/her research. Thanks to the various didactic experiences accumulated, he/she will be ready to collaborate in any university course where his/her specific disciplinary skills are required.

The study plan includes:

  1. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH, guided by at least one Tutor, which culminates with the defense of an original PhD dissertation. For each student, the Doctorate Committee appoints one Tutor, a Co-Tutor (only in some some cases) and an Evaluation Committee of two members, of which at least one is a member of the Doctorate Committee. Students will have daily contact with the research group within which they are placed. In addition, they should expect a formal meeting with their Tutor(s) at least once a month.
    All research students will present their research regularly throughout their studies in seminars, annual reviews, summer schools, and research conferences both in Italy and abroad. Students will get some funding to attend conferences and workshop.
  2. BASIC COURSES (5 credits), a common core for all the PhD students, whose aim is to study in depth the paradigms (theoretical, experimental, etc.) used in the Mathematics and Computer Science disciplines for knowledge progress.
  3. SPECIALIZED COURSES (35 credits), which may also include international summer schools.
  4. SEMINARS on topics such as scientific research writing, research programs, knowledge sharing with industry, copyright and patents.