Language   English is the official language of the Doctorate Programme of the ICT International Doctoral School.
Courses, written and oral examinations, as well as the thesis, are in English. English is the language of the Academic everyday life.
Duration   3 years
Academic year   from November to October 

The first year is mainly devoted to the acquisition of scientific knowledge at both basic and high level. From the second semester of the first year onwards, the doctoral student is guided by an advisor, who supervises his/her research, supports preparation for his/her Qualifying exam, and ensures that good research quality is maintained. The advisor also helps the student to adjust to the university environment and follow university rules.

The advisor meets with the student to assess his/her progress in the programme and to provide advice on future work.

During the second year the doctoral student deepens his/her scientific knowledge and starts to establish his/her thesis work, identifying the objectives and research activities to be developed within the thesis. At the beginning of the second year of the Doctoral Programme, the student must submit a Ph.D. proposal and make a presentation to a Committee selected by the Doctoral School Committee (Qualifying exam). The Ph.D. proposal must contain a review of the state of the art in the area; a description of the research goals and plan; and the preliminary results. On the basis of the Commission’s assessment, the Doctoral School Committee decides whether the student can continue his/her Ph.D.  programme or whether s/he should be excluded.

During the third year, the student focuses on his/her personal contribution to the state-of-the-art on the chosen research problem and/or to the development of the proposed technological innovation. The activity ends with the submission of a Doctoral thesis. The thesis must be written in English, must have original content, and must demonstrate the student’s ability to carry out research and/or innovation activities at the international level. The thesis work generally stems from scientific collaborations and should clearly indicate the specific contributions of the student.

Tutor/advisor

At the beginning of the Doctoral Programme each doctoral student is assigned a tutor to supervise the course of his/her studies. The tutor is nominated by the Doctoral School Committee.

The prime responsibility of the tutor is to suggest a suitable curriculum for the student’s research, to evaluate the student’s performance in his/her research and innovation, and to assist him/her in planning and preparing a personal Study Plan that adheres to regulations indicated by the Manifesto of Studies of the School.

Within the month of April of the first year of study the doctoral student should present the request for assignment of an advisor to the Doctoral School Committee. The Doctoral School Committee then nominates an advisor for each student, after first checking if the advisor is available.

In the case of non-request by the doctoral student, the tutor will automatically also assume the function of advisor. If the tutor is not available, the matter will be resolved by the Executive Committee.

The advisor may be a member of the Doctoral School Committee or may be external to it.

From the second semester of the first year onwards, the doctoral student is guided by an advisor, who supervises his/her research, supports preparation for his/her Qualifying exam, and ensures that good research quality is maintained. The advisor also helps the student to adjust to the university environment and follow university rules.

For the first year of study, the tutor and subsequently the advisor, assists the doctoral student, and ensure the work carried out as well as the student’s respect of the regulations and conduct since they are considered fundamental for the value of the ICT International Doctoral School and for scientific and professional growth of the doctoral students.

Requests by students to change their tutor/advisor are considered by the Executive Committee.

Upon request of the advisor a co-advisor may be nominated by the Executive Committee. The co-advisor works in assisting the advisor in carrying out his/her tasks providing extra scientific or technological knowledge. Furthermore, the co-advisor has the same rights and obligations as the advisor.