In addition to the objectives set out in the Regulation 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).
The secondary program integrates the primary one without changing regulations and constraints.
It is possible to achieve the primary title without obtaining the secondary one but not the other way around.
A transdisciplinary program is organized by a panel of experts who should certify that the educational path of PhD student is relevant, original and with high standards of quality, also following the regulation of the secondary program.

Transdisciplinary program in Computational Biology

The program - in collaboration with the International PhD Program in Biomolecular Sciences of the CIBIO - aims at training Ph.Ds with complementary competences in Computational Biology. The rationale is that deep biological knowledge is required in order to craft innovative systems and to offer research contributions relevant to the field. The Ph.D. candidate enrolled in the ICT course joining the transdisciplinary program receives specific education and guidance to develop relevant research in Computational Biology. The transdisciplinary program offers elements of cellular biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Specific attention is devoted to foster interactions and communication across the disciplines.
Doctoral students are required to acquire 9 credits from ICT doctoral courses, 6 credits from the secondary program and pass both "Research Methodology" and “Academic Writing for Science and Engineering" courses. Secondary program credits are acquired by attending:
  • an ad-hoc experimental laboratory course (decided every year by the panel);
  • a course selected from the optional courses of the PhD Program in BS or those offered by the M.Sc. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology.

Qualifying exam
The qualifying proposal of the transdisciplinary program student should contain research aspects which are relevant for the secondary program and a feasible plan for their achievement

Work in progress
At the end of the second and third years, the Transdisciplinary program student presents his/her work in front of a commission appointed by the panel.