Ph.D. On Campus

Advanced-Systems Engineering

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

36 months
163 EUR/year
163 EUR/year
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The purpose of this international PhD programme in Advanced-Systems Engineering from Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is to train a new generation of researchers able to carry out independent research in the areas of Advanced-Systems Engineering and give them the opportunity to transfer and exchange knowledge with national and international research centers and industries.


The three-year PhD programme in Advanced-Systems Engineering from Free University of Bozen-Bolzano focuses on the study and development of advanced and intelligent systems through an interdisciplinary approach that responds to recent technological developments (e.g. Cyber-Physical-Systems, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things) by integrating the disciplines of industrial mechanical engineering and information engineering. 

They are supported by specific skills in mathematics and artificial intelligence.

The research projects of PhD students will pertain to the following research areas, which are being developed by research groups on a long-term basis and constitute the core themes of this programme:
  • Mechanical-and-Manufacturing-Systems Engineering: Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Design and Optimization, Production Systems and Management, Smart Factory;
  • Automation and Electronic-Systems Engineering: Autonomous systems, Human-in-the-loop systems, Embedded Systems (design, testing and reliability), Sensors systems, Robotic Systems, Automatic Control, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Intelligent Sensor/Actor Networks;
  • System Modelling and Evolution Dynamical System Modelling and Simulation, Complex Networks for System’s Evolution, Operations Research.

Structure of the course

The PhD covers the research areas of Advanced-Systems Engineering and offers you a stimulating, multilingual environment with fellow researchers from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

Upon acceptance into the programme, you will be required to design a research project and write a study plan in collaboration with your supervisor, including the purpose of your project and the steps necessary to implement it. You will conduct a thorough literature survey, which includes a summary and analysis of the state-of-the-art of your research topic. 

Occasionally, you will be required to update the study plan in consideration of the progression of your work and the latest developments in your research field.

Programme Structure

The stages of the PhD

The PhD research activities are organized into five phases:  

  • Phase 1 (first 2 months): you shall identify your research topic and develop a study plan;
  • Phase 2 (2nd -6th month): After an exhaustive review of the literature concerning your subject area, you shall define your research programme based on the state of the art of your research topic;
  • Phase 3 (6th -12th month): you will start/continue your work applying the approach defined for your project;
  • Phase 4 (12th -24th month): you will continue your research, you will plan your stay abroad, and you will be expected to begin preparing the manuscript(s) for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Phase 5 (24th-36th month): During the final stage you will complete your research project, the publication of your manuscript(s), and your dissertation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    163 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 163 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    163 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 163 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Bolzano - Bozen

750 - 1100 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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