The admissions process aims at selecting candidates with an outstanding academic profile, a strong interest in the topics dealt with and the ambition to develop a career in scientific research, either in academia or for private or public organisations. The Sustainable Energy and Technologies programme is delivered by Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
The 3-year programme includes training to strengthen specific skills and gain knowledge about the efficient and sustainable use of resources and energy in manufacturing, transport, domestic use and agriculture.
Besides training, students will design a 3-year research project under the supervision of a team of lecturers and researchers aiming at exploring the field and providing an original contribution to science in the fields related to the PhD programme, such as energy production from renewable sources, thermophysics of buildings, new technology in the consumer sector and in manufacturing, materials and manufacturing processes and components, systems and automation.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research carried out in the Faculty of Science and Technology, we welcome prospective candidates from various academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are Engineering graduates, but the programme is also suitable for Architecture, Physics, Maths and Chemistry graduates.
Through these training activities, a PhD candidate can develop the skills to design, organise and manage highly innovative basic and applied research projects. At the same time, students will also develop methodological rigour, the ability to interpret and disseminate results, the skills to deepen and develop their knowledge independently and the ability to work in a group in an interdisciplinary context.
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The doctoral programme is divided into four stages which end after 6, 12, 24 and 36 months, respectively. In stage 1, the candidate defines the research area, the specific topic and the methodology. In stage 2, in the second half of the first academic year, candidates will have to define research questions and expected results. In stage 3, which starts with the second year, candidates are expected to apply the approach and techniques learnt from training to their project in order to tackle their research questions and disseminate the early results at the basis of their project by presenting them at national and international conferences. In the fourth and last stage, in the third year, candidates will have to collate the results of their research project and write their doctoral thesis.
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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.
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