The purpose of this PhD programme offered by Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is to train a new generation of researchers - knowledgeable and highly competitive - who can contribute their work to scientific research about the environment and mountain agriculture to the advantage of the territory in which they operate, in constant communication and exchange with their university colleagues in national and international research centres.
If you have excelled in higher education, a PhD will enable you to continue with your career in academia in a stimulating, multilingual environment with fellow researchers from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. During the course, you will gain the competences required to carry out innovative and methodologically rigorous research. To this purpose, you will be required to design an original research project with the supervision of a lecturer and, at the same time, to develop the ability to work independently and in a team.
The PhD in Mountain Environment and Agriculture opens up several career prospects. Once you obtain your doctorate, you will be able to continue with your research in academia, in public or private research centres or as a business consultant within the three specific research areas of the PhD.
The doctoral programme is divided into four stages which end after 6, 12, 24 and 36 months, respectively. In stage 1, you will define the research area, your specific topic and the methodology. In stage 2, in the second half of the first year, you will have to define the research questions and expected results. Stage 3 starts in your second year. You are expected to apply the approach you chose to tackle your research questions and you will start to publish the early results at the basis of your dissertation. In the fourth and last stage, in the third year, candidates will have to collate the results of their research project and write their dissertation.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Take IELTS test
In order to gain admission to the PhD programme, you'll need to have obtained 300 ECTS credits (Master degree) and have some relevant academic or cultural background or work experience in the field of the PhD programme. You will also have to demonstrate competence in the English language and be successful in the public 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.The study grant is also subject to national insurance contributions (INPS) according to current laws. The grant is paid in monthly instalments. The grant is increased by 50% for periods spent abroad authorised by the PhD Course Committee. This increase in the grant applies to any continuous period of stay abroad, for a maximum of one year and a half.
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