Admission to the Doctoral Programme entails exclusive and full-time commitment.

Manifesto of Studies

The Manifesto of Studies is issued every year by the Doctoral School Committee and contains all the information relevant for the ICT International Doctoral School, in particular provisions related to training activities, modes of examinations, means of recognition of credits and any additional training. Downlaod here

The School offers students a wide range of academic options, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary teaching staff and the availability of laboratories. Students might attend basic or advanced courses in all distinctive areas: from design technologies and software realisation, to hardware implementation technologies; from information elaboration methodologies, to infrastructures for their distribution in networks.

List of available courses

Academic Requirements

For students belonging to cycle 31 »link

For students belonging to cycles 32 and 33 may refer to the following regulations concerning the academic requirements for the admission to the following year.

First year

At the end of the first year, the Doctoral School Committee determines whether the student is:

  • admitted to the second year with:
    - recognition of no fewer than 6 course credits;
    - positive assessment by the advisor.
    In the case of negative judgement by the advisor, the Executive Committee will decide on the matter;
  • excluded from the School.


Second year

At the end of the second year, the Doctoral School Committee determines whether the student is:

  • admitted to the third year with:
    - recognition of no fewer than 15 course credits;
    - success in the Qualifying exam;
    - submission of a plan illustrating the scheduling of a period of  research of at least 3 months which must be spent abroad by the end of the Ph.D. programme;
    -  submission of plan to achieve at least two ISI- or SCOPUS-indexed publications within the duration of the study programme;
    - positive assessment by the advisor.
  • conditionally admitted to the third year, with:
    - recognition of no fewer than 12 course credits. Further credits to be acquired, under specific terms and conditions must be indicated as well;
    - success in the Qualifying exam;
    - submission of a plan illustrating the scheduling of a period of  research of at least 3 months which must be spent abroad by the end of the Ph.D. programme;
    - submission of plan to achieve at least two ISI- or SCOPUS-indexed publications within the duration of the study programme;
    - positive assessment by the advisor.  .
    Doctoral students must fulfill the requirements for the admission to the next year by the end of December;
  • excluded from the School.

In the case of negative judgement by the advisor, the Executive Committee will decide on the matter;

Third year

On the basis of the, attendance on the School’s educational activities and a satisfactory assessment by the advisor, the Doctoral School Committee decides whether the student is:

  • admitted to the Final exam;
  • excluded from the School.

Admission to the Final Examination requires:

- completion of a period of research of at least 3 months spent abroad;
- completion of at least two ISI- or SCOPUS indexed publications.

The Final exam consists of a defence of the thesis before a panel of internationally renowned experts on the thesis research areas.

The instructions on the procedure regarding the Final exam are set out at the following webpage http://ict.unitn.it/program/final_exam

Individual Study Plan 

The doctoral student is required to submit a study plan, choosing it from among those annually proposed in the Manifesto of Studies. Or, for justified reasons, s/he may submit an individual study plan. The study plan must be approved by the tutor/advisor and submitted for formal verification to the Secretariat. Individual study plans are approved by the Executive Committee. 

Doctoral students are required to acquire 15 credits during the first two academic years, with a required minimum of 6 credits during the first year. 
Each educational activity, if successfully completed, gives the student a total of 3 credits.

The 15 required credits must be acquired by passing:

  • 3 courses from ICT doctoral courses (list of available courses)
  • Research Methodology course
  • 1 freely chosen course: doctoral/ M.Sc. course or Summer/Winter School. These courses can be offered externally to the ICT School as well.
  • “Academic Writing for Science and Engineering” courses do not give any credits. However, attendance on such courses is mandatory.

No more than one course offered by EIT Digital can have its credits been recognized.

All credits are acquired upon approval by the PhD student’s tutor/advisor.

Courses must be followed after enrolment in the Ph.D. Programme. Exceptions may be approved by the Executive Committee.

Courses that have contributed to other degrees and online course that the student has completed do not apply. 

Transdisciplinary Program

In addition to the objectives set out in the Regulations of the PhD Program "ICT International Doctoral School",  transdisciplinary programmes are established to pursue the following specific objectives:

  • the promotion of cross-disciplinary research within the PhD program;
  • the training of PhD students with cross-disciplinary skills;
  • the increase of collaborations with the other institutions.

A transdisciplinary program is a training path that complements the doctoral program (primary program) with an educational and research component on an additional discipline (secondary program).

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