Economics, Ph.D. | Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa | Pisa, Italy
36 months
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The PhD in Economics from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa is a 4-year programme designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community in Economics.

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The Programme is offered in close cooperation with UCA-University of Cote d’Azur (Nice, France), and an agreement for exchange of students and faculty is also in place with the University of Strasbourg (France) and IMT-School Lucca.

Students attend one year and a half of intensive course work, part of which (2-3 months) is hosted at the UCA. After the training period, students will proceed to supervised research work, yielding an original dissertation to be discussed in a final, public examination. It is expected that students produce articles publishable in international journals. 

PhD students are exposed to the vivid research environment and participate to various ongoing research activities at the Institute of Economics at Scuola Sant’Anna (seminars, conferences, research projects).

The Programme is also part of a large international network of institutions and scholars, supporting exchanges of research students and faculty.

Job Opportunities

The Programme is primarily intended for students willing to pursue an academic career but also provides professional research skills to work in public and private research institutions. Former PhD candidates now work as post-doc, research fellow or tenure track in well-reputed Italian and international universities (Paris-Sorbonne, Utrecht University, University of York, New School New York, Sciences Po, University of Strasbourg, Cattolica Milano, CNR Florence), institutions (UN-ECLAC, ECB, Bank of Italy, STATEC-Luxembourg, OECD-Paris, JRC-Seville, Italian Ministry of Economic and Finance), and in the private sector (UBS).

Programme Structure

  • The training covers traditional domains of economic analysis (micro, macro, econometrics) but also offers the unique opportunity to study and get involved in research fields often neglected in standard PhD Courses. 
  • In line with the core research interestes and expertise of the Institute of Economics at Sant’Anna and associate institutions, Advanced and Field topics encompass: evolutionary perspectives on economic change, firm-industry dynamics, economics of innovation, agent-based computational economics, economic networks and complexity, economic history and history of economic thought, and a broad range of quantitative tools for the analysis of big-data and economic dynamics.
  • PhD students have access to research facilities (software, hardware, data) available via the Scuola library, the Institute of Economics, and the computational infrascture of the Department of Excellence EMBEDS.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master Degree (M.Sc. or M.A.) or equivalent title
  • Undergraduate students may also apply if they will graduate within 31st October
  • Selection consists in the assessment of the qualifications submitted and an interview.

Qualifications consist of:

  • CV and academic transcript of exams and career records,
  • abstract of the M.Sc./M.A.Thesis
  • a research project where the candidate is asked to briefly outline a research proposal for their PhD studies.

Tuition Fee

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All PhD positions are fully funded with scholarships.

Living costs for Pisa

750 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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