Educational and Communicational Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, French, Spanish, Italian (take IELTS)
University rank #301 ,
The PhD in Education and Communication from University of Milano is aimed to prepare researchers who are able to give a meaningful, innovative and critical contribution to knowledge and methodology in the field of education, communication and organization of learning processes. It fosters pure and applied research, in university and in all the contexts of education, training, social intervention, health, cooperation and transculturality.
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  • Fees and funding


The PhD in Education and Communication from University of Milano is aimed to prepare researchers who are able to give a meaningful, innovative and critical contribution to knowledge and methodology in the field of education, communication and organization of learning processes. It fosters pure and applied research, in university and in all the contexts of education, training, social intervention, health, cooperation and transculturality.

The programme, and the Department of Human Sciences for Education “Riccardo Massa” hosting it, features high interdisciplinarity: by offering a plurality of disciplines, paradigms and methods, it guarantees a wide cultural framework and a dialogue between theoretical studies and empirical research. It is then possible to foster in our doctoral students the development of knowledge and competence in relation to a panoply of disciplines, themes and contexts of research, nonetheless respecting the specific requirements of each sector. The Faculty represents different sectors of pedagogy/education, psychology, philosophy, and organization studies.


General aim of the PhD is the training of competent, aware, autonomous, and innovative researchers. Specific aims are to foster the development of theoretical and methodological competences, planning competences, and practical abilities, as well as transversal competences – reflexivity, meta-cognition, communication, cooperation – that are needed to position oneself effectively, originally, consciously and critically in the different contexts of research.

Research activities

The PhD promotes study of education, training and communication in all forms, in formal as well as informal and non formal settings, through the development of theories and models on these processes, as well as the analysis and/or experimentation of their operative and applicative dimensions.

The complexity of the field illuminates the need of an interdisciplinary training. The Faculty represents a plurality of disciplines, paradigms and methodologies, so as to guarantee a wide reference framework, and enable doctorate students to be aware of the contribution to knowledge of the different approaches. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is then highly valued, along with the full acknowledgement of relevance and autonomy of each disciplinary sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Themes of research
  • Pedagogical Area
  • Psychological Area
  • Philosophical Area
  • Organizational Area

The doctorate organises 5 structured courses:

  • The research path. Interdisciplinary course whose aim is to explore a range of research themes, relevant to the doctorate, across the diversity of the disciplines and approaches of the faculty members, so as to develop transversal knowledge and competences. Seminary form.
  • Methodology of research. Introductive course, aimed to present the different research methods, related to the involved researchers’ questions and epistemologies. Workshop form. The program is also designed to meet, as far as possible, the students’ interests.
  • Technological tools for research. This is a workshop, aimed to present technologies that can facilitate documentation, filing and data processing, exchange and analysis of research material, from the construction of bibliography to the writing of the thesis.
  • Scientific writing workshop: the workshop is aimed to enhance competences in scientific writing, related to one’s own community/discipline; focus is on the debating and critical style in academic writing and on the preparation of texts (abstract, papers, posters) suitable for publication, as well as on the writing of the doctoral thesis.
  • Profession and training: a reflexive path: This path entails 4 meetings during the first year and 2 in the following years. Its objectives are: to stimulate reflexivity on the ongoing development of a researcher’s identity(self-reflexivity, meta-cognition) and to build, sustain and reinforce a learning community within the doctorate (reciprocal knowledge, critical friendship, peer-review, cooperation).

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Admissions are open to anyone with one or more of the following academic qualifications:

  • Italian Post-Graduate (Master’s) degree
  • Italian 4-year or 5-year single cycle degree
  • Equivalent degree taken abroad

Students enrolled in a PhD course may not be simultaneously enrolled in any other university course.

Students holding a doctoral degree and taking another doctoral degree course may accept more than one scholarship.

Doctoral degree applicants who have not yet graduated from their previous degree must take that degree by the date of the first doctoral admissions test.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 595 EU/EEA

installment / amount

first / €595.00 ;

second / €250.00 ;



General information

All doctoral courses have scholarships available for half the number of students admitted.

Doctoral scholarships have been established at € 13.638,47 per year.

Doctoral scholarships are not exclusive and can be combined with other income as long as the recipient’s total income does not exceed € 15.000,00 in any calendar year.

Doctoral scholarships are not subject to IRPEF taxes.

Upon enrolment, doctoral students will receive a form to fill out concerning scholarship payment information (bank account number, etc.). This must be brought to the Scholarship office or sent by fax to: 0039 02 6448 6789.

Scholarships start at the beginning of the semester teaching schedule (November 1st or January 1st) and are paid in monthly installments.

Note: Scholarship payment for the first year depends on the beginning of the semester teaching schedule and on completion of administrative procedures to activate the scholarship.

Enrolment in INPS (Workers's pension fund)

Doctoral scholarships must include a deduction of 25.72% for the pension fund, which will be taken out directly from the university to INPS.

The portion paid by the student is 8.57% unless the student is also obliged to pay into other forms of insurance (such as that for a professional guild) in which case the student’s INPS deduction is reduced.

Doctoral students should open an INPS account by filling out a "Gestione separata dei Lavoratori Autonomi" form available at any INPS office in Italy.

Guide to Filling in the INPS Form:

Heading / What to write

Dottorando / Your name and Italian tax code (codice fiscale)

Decorrenza / Date the scholarship starts (November 1st or January 1st)

Attività / “Dottorato di ricerca”

Albo professionale / Fill in only if you belong to a professional guild

Committente 1 / “Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca”

Sede / “Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo, 1 - 20126 Milano”

C.F. Università 12621570154

Raise in scholarship for research abroad

When doctoral students go abroad to do research, they receive a 50% raise in their doctoral scholarships.

The request form for a raise in scholarship for research abroad can be downloaded from the internet or picked up at Booth 18 of Student Services. The form must be handed back in to the Booth 18 before the start of the research abroad period and must be authorized by the coordinator or (for periods of over 6 months) by the Board of Professors.

Periodically, the student’s tutor abroad will send attendance records to the Italian Office of Self-Employment.

The raise in scholarship will be paid on the 24th of the 1st month abroad, separate from the normal monthly payment.

Students can receive reimbursement for train or airline travel costs from endowments to the doctoral program.

Scholarship revocation

Doctoral scholarships will be revoked in the following cases:

  • the student’s income exceeds € 15.000,00 gross in the same calendar year in which the scholarship is granted.
  • incompatibility with other scholarships

In these cases, the entire amount of the scholarship is revoked and the student must pay tuition for that academic year.

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