Management and Economics on Organizational and Institutional Outliers, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano ,
The Management and Economics on Organizational and Institutional Outliers Ph.D. programme is focused on the study of the sustainability in the energy production and use and in the technology development, design and applications. The research topics from Free University of Bozen - Bolzano involve activities in the areas of: renewable energy sources, building physics, energy efficiency in transformation and in industrial, transports, civil and agriculture end uses, etc.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Management and Economics on Organizational and Institutional Outliers Ph.D. programme is focused on the study of the sustainability in the energy production and use and in the technology development, design and applications.

The research topics involve activities in the areas of: renewable energy sources, building physics, energy efficiency in transformation and in industrial, transports, civil and agriculture end uses, environmental design, mechanical design and manufacturing, green mechatronics, new materials development, logistics and processes management for sustainability.
The Ph.D. programme from Free University of Bozen - Bolzano involves several scientific fields (mathematics, technology of architecture, technical physics, manufacturing technologies and processes, industrial mechanical plants, mechanics of machines, management and engineering, mechanical agricolture) to give to Ph.D. students a multidisciplinary stimulating environment in which to develop highly- specialised research skills.

The Ph.D. programme lasts three years and its official language is English.

An international work placement is mandatory for a maximum period of one year. More information are available on the right side of this homepage.
Ph.D. objectives
The formalized study part of the Ph.D. programme aims at achieving a scientific training at the highest international level. Ph.D. students have to acquire all necessary competences needed to solve complex research problems of basic or applied character and to gather technical skills.
Within the Ph.D. programme and the related research work, students will:
  • obtain full insight into the state-of-the-art of a specific scientific problem;
  • contribute to research with innovative ideas within their respective scientific communities;
  • acquire the ability to plan innovative research projects;
  • learn and properly manage the scientific techniques necessary to solve relevant research questions;
  • be educated and work in international and interdisciplinary teams;
  • publish the results of their research in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • present and discuss their research findings during international conferences and workshops.

Within the Ph.D. programme, students will acquire the following competences:

  • highly developed know-how in problem-solving: ability to tackle complex problems with original proposals, ability to advance the international state-of-the-art with a deep knowledge of the scientific literature and to design novel ad-hoc tools;
  • expertise in scientific communication: ability to communicate their projects and results in the scientific communities and to the public, competence in writing scientific papers, in presenting oral lectures and in answering technical and scientific questions from reviewers and conference auditoriums;
  • organization skills: ability to organize their own research activities in an autonomous way, ability to manage their own laboratory and field works and to coordinate the scientific activities of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students who are affiliated with their Ph.D. work.
Partner Universities and Institutions
List of foreign Partner Universities and Research Institutions where the Ph.D. student may, under specific research programs, spend her/his research period abroad:
  • KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and the Building Environment, Division of Building Technology and School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Division f Chemical Technology (Sweden)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Chair of Building Physics (Switzerland)
  • Swiss Federal Laboratory of Building Sicence and Technology (EMPA), (Switzerland)
  • University of Western Australia, School of Mechanical and Chemical Egineering (Perth, Australia)
  • Strathclyde University of Glasgow, Energy System Research Group (Glasgow, Scotland)

NationalPartner Research Institutions, that under specific research programmes, may host part of the activity of the Ph.D. student:

  • The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (Eurac)
  • Fraunhofer Italia of Bozen/Bolzano

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: November
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

The program includes teaching and research activities to be carried out at the Free University of Bozen and abroad. The activity abroad can be accomplished at one of the foreign partner universities or in other recognized universities or research institutes.

The formalized study part within the Ph.D. program is comprised of the following milestones, the achievement of which requires from students to:
  • develop the concepts and schedules of their research plans within the first 6 months together with their supervisors and co-supervisors and, by the end of the 6th month, students have to defend their plans in the Course Committee (Collegio Docenti) of the faculty;
  • participate at least in one international conference during their three-year programs and present a scientific contribution either orally or as a poster;
  • spend at least one month at a scientific research institution abroad;
  • attend seminars or courses on scientific paper analysis and writing;
  • prepare and present, within the first year of activity, a seminar on the state-of-the-art in the topic of their research fields;
  • prove, before they are eligible to be admitted to the final exam, that they wrote at least one scientific paper in which they are listed as first author and which was submitted for publication to an international peer-reviewed journal.
Phases of the Ph.D. research project
The Ph.D. research program is divided into five phases with defined milestones after 2, 6, 12, 24 and 36 months. At the end of each phase, Ph.D. students will meet the Course Committee to present their plans and/or their work. The Committee will evaluate the progress and suggest potential improvements regarding the research methodology.
  • First phase (first 2 months): the Course Committee will meet the students and indicate their future supervisor(s). Ph.D. students will meet their designated supervisor(s) to decide the topic of their research and the specific subject within the topic and start to interact with their supervisors in order to elaborate their research plans. Within this phase, students will develop their study plans to a level at which these can be approved.
  • Second phase (2nd–6th month): Ph.D. students, after a thorough literature analysis on their respective research questions, will elaborate the research program to be presented to the Course Committee for approval. In this phase, students will start attending specific courses.
  • Third phase (6th–12th month): students will start their practical Ph.D. work, including laboratory and/or field activities. Students will attend additional didactic activities while also presenting a public seminar at the Free University of Bozen. During this phase, students present to the Course Committee a proposal for their research activities during their study stages abroad and the students’ external supervisors will be accepted.
  • Fourth phase (12th–24th month): Ph.D. students will carry out their research work. It is expected that Ph.D. students attend an international conference and present their preliminary results while also starting with the preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. This phase will likely include their study stages abroad. In addition, students may take part in other didactic activities.
  • Fifth phase (24th–36th month): Ph.D. students finalize their research activities which provide answers to the scientific questions behind their research. This phase will possibly include their study stages abroad. Students will write and submit manuscript(s) to peer-reviewed journals. They will write their Ph.D. theses and get the approval from the Course Committee for the admission to the final exam.

Academic Requirements

Every year the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano decrees the institution of a new PhD cycle, and announces a public competition for the admission to the corresponding PhD reserach programmes.

The public competition is open to all, regardless of sex, age and citizenship, who possess a Master degree (laurea magistrale), an Italian undergraduate degree according to the former system or a foreign degree equivalent to the degrees mentioned above.

Tuition Fee


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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