What makes PhD graduates ideal candidates to work as researchers both in academia and in the IT sector is their ability to research and understand theoretical and applied research topics, the collaborative approach to work, and their dissemination and writing skills. Moreover, problem solving skills and the ability to work autonomously enable them to become key players in every field of IT, as independent consultants or in management roles. The Computer Science programme is delivered by Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
At the end of the programme, graduates are equipped with a vast knowledge of IT, from the formal and theoretical aspects to the latest developments in methodology and technology.
Partner Universities and Research Centres
We have established partnerships with many universities and research institutions in Italy and abroad, such as the Technical University of Dresden, the Universidade Nova of Lisbon and the Technical University of Vienna. In addition, members of our Faculty cooperate on a regular basis with other universities and research institutes, such as Oxford University, Rice University Houston, Zürich University, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Trento, and FBK Trento.
Other research partners belong to the public and private sectors. We collaborate with international companies such as IBM and Deutsche Telekom, small start-ups and local companies (e.g. EDP projects or ACS Data Systems) and public services and administrations (e.g. the Municipality of Bozen-Bolzano, the public hospital of Meran-Merano).
During the PhD programme, students first gain a deep understanding of state-of-the-art research, and develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary background. Then, they start contributing to research with their own ideas and producing original and innovative results. The programme is set in an international environment which promotes knowledge exchange and dissemination of ideas and results.
PhD students can choose any of the three research themes offered by the faculty. They are different not only in the main topics explored, but also in the research methodology applied. In the Knowledge Representation and Data Management area, students investigate the foundations of data and knowledge management, the basis for the development of advanced prototype software systems. In the Software Engineering area, work follows an empirical approach based on the implementation of prototypes and techniques and the carrying out and analysis of experiments.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Take IELTS test
In order to apply, you must have earned 300 ECTS credits in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electronics or in a related discipline, and you will need to demonstrate your ability to speak English.
You will be required to take part in a public recruitment competition..
Grants are assigned following the rank list drawn up by the Evaluation Committee. If an applicant decides to forego a grant, the next enrolled applicant on the rank list will be offered the grant.
The annual study grant amounts to € 17,000 gross.
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