Mountain Environment and Agriculture, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    160
    Tuition (Year)
    160
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano ,
The purpose of this PhD programme 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. 
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The three-year programme focuses on the study of biotic and abiotic resources, energy efficiency in forestry agriculture, renewable energy, the impact of climate change and quality of agricultural products. Our faculty applies an interdisciplinary scientific approach and focuses on the theme of sustainability, two features that are shared by both our teaching and research.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

The PhD covers three research areas that reflect the focus of the faculty: Agricultural and Forestry Production, Food Technology and Environmental Resources. Once you are successful in the public competition to pursue a doctorate, you will be required to design a research and study plan with your supervisor in order to define the purpose of your research project and the necessary steps to implement it. From time to time, you will need to update your research and study plan, taking into account the development of your work and the latest developments in your field of research. During the three years you will have to attend regularly classes and seminars specifically designed for PhD students. The classes will cover qualifying and advanced elements of Statistics, analysis of research data and dissemination of scientific results.

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.

The official application period for the academic year 2017/2018 is from 2 May until 3 July 2017.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 160 International
  • EUR 160 EU/EEA

Funding

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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