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The degree course is aimed at providing the training and capabilities needed to handle current complex problems whose solution requires consideration of the interactions between economic and technological aspects, and societal issues (justice and migration, health, pollution and climate change, access to water and food).

The course provides opportunities to work on topical sustainability and climate change-related problems and to learn how to approach problems from different angles, providing an education experience that mirrors real-life complex problems facing humanity.

PhD candidates will be asked to propose effective means of achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations. The PhD programme includes six curricula: Earth System and Environment; Socio-economic Risk and Impacts; Technology and Territory; Theories, Institutions and Cultures; Agriculture and Forestry; Health and Ecosystems.

Eligible candidates must have the following academic qualifications (there are no citizenship requirements):

  • Master’s degree;
    b) Similar academic qualification obtained abroad and recognized by the Selection Board as comparable to an Italian master’s degree, in terms of duration of study and study content and deemed as providing eligibility for application to the course.
  • Applicants due to be awarded their master’s (or equivalent qualification) by 30 November 2022 may also apply.

Required accompanying documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  •  Proof of all university degree awards, including the following information (For applicants awaiting award of their master’s degree: Proof of examinations taken and grades obtained;
  • Research Proposal;
  • Letter of Purpose.

Selection will be based on an assessment of the qualifications listed in the ‘Qualification assessment’ section and an oral interview.The Selection Board will award a score from 1 to 100. 1.

Qualification Assessment:

  • The Selection Board will assess the scientific
    qualifications and award an overall score up to a maximum 60 points. Applicants
    obtaining a score of at least 35 will be invited to attend an interview.
    The Selection Board will assign scores based on: – curriculum vitae, qualifications and examinations (Required documents
    b, c and d): max 20 points

– Research Proposal and Letter of Purpose (Required documents e and f): max 40 points.

2. Oral interview: interviews will be via Zoom and will be conducted in English.

They will include discussion of scientific background, Research Proposal and Letter of Purpose. The candidate may use slides and the shared screen facility. For each of the research topics, the Selection Board can invite a proven expert to participate in the interview. This expect could be a member of the academic board. The Selection Board will score interviews max 40 points. A minimum of 25 points is required to continue in process.



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