ERASMUS STAFF
MOBILITY WEEK 2011
(April 11-15)
Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes
Alessandra SABATINI, Paola GRASSO
Ph.D. Office
What is a Ph.D.?
The Ph.D. (in italian “Dottorato di ricerca”) is a post-graduate
academic degree awarded by universities. In Italy, it is an academic
title awarded at the end of a course of not less than three years,
admission to which is based on entrance examinations.
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What is a Ph.D.?
In order to be admitted to a Ph.D. programme, without
age or citizenship limits, candidates must hold:
• an Italian university degree (4 years)
• an Italian university degree (3+2 years)
• an academic degree awarded by a foreign Institution or
University, validated as equivalent to an Italian degree
by the relevant academic authorities.
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What is a Ph.D.?
The number of places on offer each year and details of the
entrance examinations are set out in the “Call for application”,
published every year in our Website.
The Ph.D. is addressed to students whose main interest is
high level research and it aims at preparing them to be
employed in Universities, public corporations and private
enterprises, equipped with research departments.
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What is a Ph.D.?
In our University, a Ph.D. lasts three academic years.
At the end of the programme, the Ph.D. student will have to defend
his/her dissertation in front of an examination Committee and then
he/she become a Dottore di Ricerca.
It is possible to apply only for graduated students and after passing a
competition.
A foreign degree will be recognized just in order to be admitted to the
Ph.D. course.
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The Three-Cycle System in Italy
First Cycle
Degree Courses
(3 years)
Second Cycle
Degree Courses
(2 years)
Third Cycle
Ph.D.s
(3 years)
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Second Cycle
First Level
Professional Masters
Third Cycle
Second Level
Professional Masters
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Ph.D. Office
The Ph.D. office deals with all information and
administrative procedures related to the career of the
students.
A Ph.D. is the highest qualification awarded under the
Italian academic system and aims to provide students
with the necessary skills to carry out highly qualifying
research for Universities, public bodies or private
individuals.
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Ph.D. Office
Every year, our University offers over 150 Ph.D.
Programmes, six of which are International Ph.Ds.
The complete list of the new academic programmes
for every academic year and the timetable for the
admission tests are available on our website, in the
“Call for application”.
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Organization chart of the Ph.D. Office
Head Office
Of The Ph.D. Office
Dr.ssa Romina Caronna
1°
Administrative
Unit
2°
Administrative
Unit
Gabriella Barbera
Maria Luisa Rocco
Paola Grasso
Alessandra Sabatini
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3°
Administrative
Unit
Stefania Roffi
Gabriella Rusch
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Technical
Support
Pietro Gabrielli
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Ph.D. Office
• Front Office: the office is open to the public everyday,
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8,30 to 12,00
and on Tuesday and Thursday from 14,30 to 16,30.
Since this year, we give at each Ph.D. student a
questionnaire to assess the Customer Satisfaction
for improving our service.
• Back Office: it refers basically to relationship
management with other Offices, other Departments
and with the Ph.D. Coordinator of each Course.
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The work of Ph.D.
The Back-Office refers also to:
• Provide clear and complete information concerning
application forms, initiatives and services for Ph.D.
students.
• Provide
assistance
concerning
administrative
procedures, in particular concerning call for
application, research programme and periods of study
and research abroad.
• Promote every kind of activities, events and services
for Ph.D. and foreign students.
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Ph.D. Courses
Admission rules are based on different policies,
depending on the specific course of study:
• free access (for an unlimited number of students) but
with mandatory entrance test
• restricted access (for a limited number of students, as
specified each year in the “Call for application”).
The prevalence of the courses belongs to the
Doctoral Schools, currently 20.
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Doctoral Schools
The Doctoral Schools are structures whose objective is the
promotion, organization and management of all activities
connected to their research doctorates on the basis of consistent,
generally accepted cultural features realized through uniform
survey methods and training paths.
Such Doctoral Schools are responsible for the coordination,
innovation and control of the teaching and scientific activity of each
single doctorate.
The Schools are also responsible for determining what doctorates
to run on a yearly basis and to ensure their uniformity according to
consistent, logical and economical criteria.
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INTERNATIONAL PH.D’S PROGRAMMES
Mainly, there are three different type of activities:
• Call for Applications to fellowships and admission of
Foreign Nationals Educated Abroad
• Agreement for joint research Doctoral Thesis
• Inter-Institutional Agreement for International PhDs
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Call for Applications to fellowships and admission of
Foreign Nationals Educated Abroad
The University of Rome “La Sapienza” offers some
three year full-time post-graduate PhD positions with
fellowship for attaining the degree of “Dottore di
Ricerca” (Ph.D.) in the Doctoral Schools.
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Admissions
To be accepted in a doctoral programme, candidates
have to participate in a call for applications based on
examination
and/or
qualifications’
evaluation.
Applications must be submitted online according to
yearly announcements.
More details about Ph.D. programmes, number of
positions and scholarships, deadlines for applications,
examination and enrolment procedures, are specified
in each announcement.
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Admission requirements for foreign students
For foreign students, applications are opened to
candidates who:
1. are not Italian citizens
2. are not residents of Italy
3. have obtained an academic qualification abroad by a
non-Italian institution which satisfies the entrance
requirements for admission to the Doctoral
Programme, a degree equivalent to the Italian title.
The equivalence of each qualification to the relevant
Italian degree will be verified, for the sole purpose of
this competition, by the Academic Board of the
Schools.
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Selection and admissions
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of some
documents.
Successful applicants will be assigned to a Doctoral
School.
Each Doctoral School will decide in which
Programme, within those belonging to each School, to
enroll the candidate on the basis of both his/her
preferences and interests.
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Attainment of Ph.D.
Students must attend the courses and the seminars
offered by their Programme, pass the related
examinations, and prepare a Ph.D. final defense, which
must have original results.
The Ph.D. title is obtained at the end of the third year,
after the candidate dissertation and its positive
evaluation made by an independent Jury appointed by
the Rector. The defense may be delayed with the
approval of the School authorities, but not for more than
one year.
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Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle"
The "Co-tutelle de Thèse" is a useful opportunity to improve and
enforce the international dimension of doctoral studies.
The key feature of this program is that PhD students can carry out
their doctoral course and their research projects in part in the
foreign country institution and in part in this University, under the
joint supervision of two supervisors (one for each university
involved).
It allows the students to achieve a degree in both universities
partners and to obtain an academic degree valid in both countries
after spending a period of study and research abroad
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Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle"
The Co-tutelle is activated after the approval of the
Commission of the single Ph.D. Course, during the first
year but the Academic Board may approve it even for
PHD students enrolled in the 2nd year of the course for
thesis of particular scientific interest.
In this case, the Academic Board must also approve
one academic year of extension for the defense of the
thesis.
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Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle"
It is possible to set up a co-tutoring Doctorate with any
foreign academic Institution.
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Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle"
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FRANCE
GERMANY
SPAIN
CROAZIA
PORTUGAL
BELGIUM
NETHERLANDS
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
CHILE
CHINA
MEXICO
TUNISIA
USA
…and many more…
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INTER-INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL
PHD COURSES
Following the guidelines of Bologna Process in 1999, Sapienza
University started the path toward the internationalization of
doctoral programs, aware of the importance of the strategic role
that Ph.D. plays in the creation of high level and competitive
researchers.
Sapienza Commission for PhD – in collaboration with Ph.D.
Office and the Division for International Relations - has worked to
provide flexible tools to facilitate the launch of new Institutional
AGREEMENTS aimed at promoting International Ph.D. courses
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INTER-INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL
PHD COURSES
In order to facilitate the process of internationalization - and also to
monitor it - the Commission has approved a new draft for InterInstitutional Agreements for International joint PHD Courses.
According to the specific agreements signed by partner institutions,
joint doctoral programs can also lead to a joint PhD degree or to a
degree awarded separately by two or more institutions partner
(double / multiple degrees).
The specific aspects of the programmes, such as a joint call for
application, exams of admission, training and final defence of the
PhD thesis until the issue of a joint degree are pointed out in the
agreement which is very versatile and may have many uses and
applications. It can be easily adapted to the rules and regulations of
the partner universities.
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The Doctor Europaeus designation
The Confederation of European Union Rectors’
Conferences (today EUA – European University
Association) has drawn up a common ”European
doctorate” brand.
Students who are interested in applying for this label
must ask the Ph.D. Coordinator for the procedure.
This designation can be added to a national doctorate,
which was obtained fulfilling four conditions.
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The Doctor Europaeus designation
1. The Ph.D. defense will be accorded if at least two professors
from two higher education institutions of two European countries,
other than the one where the Ph.D. thesis will be defended, have
given their judgment concerning the manuscript.
2. At least one member of the jury should come from a higher
education institution in European countries, other than the one,
where the Ph.D. thesis will be defended.
3. Part of the defense must take place in one of the official
languages, other than the one’s of the country, where the Ph.D.
thesis will be defended.
4. The Ph.D. thesis must partly have been prepared as a result of a
period of research of at least one trimester spent in another
European country.
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