PhD Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in Italy

Compare PhD Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in Italy 2017

Humanities and Social Sciences

A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.

A PhD in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences focuses on human thoughts and culture. It is an advanced level of education, often focusing on student teacher relationships, advanced research methods, and higher tier courses.

Officially known as the Italian Republic, the country is found in southern Europe. The official language is Italian and the cultural rich capital is Rome. Many of the world's oldest universities are located in Italy, in particular the University of Bologna (founded in 1088). There are three Superior Graduate Schools with "university status", three institutes with the status of Doctoral Colleges, which function at graduate and post-graduate level.

Top Doctoral Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in Italy 2017

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Politics: History, Theory, Science PhD Program

LUISS Guido Carli University
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Rome

The PhD program in Politics: History, Theory, Science, totally taught in English, is aimed at giving participants the skills needed to embark on an academic or professional career in international institutions, NGOs, public and private research institutes, and political and institutional communications. The goal of the PhD program is to supply the tools needed to enter the current debate... [+]

Best Doctorate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in Italy 2017. The PhD program in Politics: History, Theory, Science, totally taught in English, is aimed at giving participants the skills needed to embark on an academic or professional career in international institutions, NGOs, public and private research institutes, and political and institutional communications. The goal of the PhD program is to supply the tools needed to enter the current debate in philosophy and political theory, political, science and political history and to provide a forum in which this debate can continue and evolve in an advanced academic and internationally relevant context. The program, in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Global Politics (CEGP), since 2004, is aimed to offer an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary global political studies. The entire length of the program is three years. The coursework part is held in the first academic year. The second and the third years are generally devoted to the research work and can include a research fellowship period abroad (in agreement with the supervisor and with the Board of Professors). Recently, the program has been enriched by the collaboration of the International Center on Democracies and Democratizations (ICEDD) and the Italian Center for Electoral Studies - Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali (CISE). Academic year 2016-2017 For the academic year 2016-2017, eight positions are available. The application for admission must be submitted on line by March 29, 2016. In order for us to consider your application it is necessary that you submit a complete application. You must upload all of the requested documentation, and supply correct referee details through our online application system. Once the procedure for submitting the application has been completed, the candidate will receive by email an application’s copy as a proof of the procedure accuracy and validity. [-]

Ph.D. Programme in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Pisa

The Ph.D. Programme in “Politics, human rights and sustainability” is a three-year residential programme characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and by the emphasis placed on current problems defining the protection and promotion of human rights. [+]

In addition to the fellowships provided for in the call for admission, BV TECH S.p.A. funds a three-year fellowship within the framework of the Ph.D. in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability – research area: International Law, Agricultural Law. The candidate shall focus his/her research project on the topic of “National Security, Defense and Cyber Warfare: Critical Infrastructures Protection from Cyber Threats in Italy and Its wide Strategic and Political Implications in the International Arena.” The research should address the theme of the cyberspace as fifth dimension of conflict in the strategic dynamics of the international relations, with particular focus on the Italian national defense and security strategies. By taking in due account the initiatives promoted by other members of the International Community in the field of cyber-security, the research should examine the strategic implications generated by the policies and measures adopted by Italy in order to prevent, protect and respond to cyber attacks against national critical infrastructure. The study should also investigate the role played, or that might be played, by the private sector to countering cyber threats. The research should result in the definition of a set of recommendations aimed at designing and building an integrated and coherent Italian national cyber defence and security model. Course Description The Ph.D. Programme in “Politics, human rights and sustainability” is a three-year residential programme characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and by the emphasis placed on current problems defining the protection and promotion of human rights. The Programme consists in the following curricula (Research Areas): International Law, Agricultural Law International, European, and Sub-national Political Economy Political Philosophy, Political Science (International Relations) Within the framework of the Ph.D. programme mandatory attendance of lectures, research activities, possibilities for summer schools and periods abroad "coexist" in a harmonized and balanced way. Furthermore, through the established inter-library loan service initiative, students, once they have their supervisoràs signature, can order all the articles and books they need for their research--in case they are not available at the university"s library. The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna provides three scholarships for non-EU citizens and four scholarships for Italian and EU ones. Additionally, students have all the meals for free at the university's canteen. Non-EU candidates may submit applications in Italian or English. In case their mother tongue is not English they have to provide certain language certificates, but a language waiver might be considered in case they completed a substantial part of their study in English. The prospective students should have at least a MSc Degree or equivalent title. The research proposal, which is part of the application package is very important. The selected topic should fall within the four general areas that were mentioned above. The structure of the proposal is comprised of: title of research, why it is important to undertake this research, short overview of the state of art of this issue, scientific premises, research objectives, methodologies that shall be used, brief timetable of activities that shall be undertaken during this three-year course of study and bibliography. There are no page limits, but in general the research proposals are made of around 3.000 words. Last, in case you are not Italian, here is our friendly advice "once you receive the admission letter start studying Italian intensively. Although your research activities shall be in English, there will be many classes and trainings in Italian. [-]

PhD in Urban Studies

GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute
Campus Full time 3 years November 2017 Italy L'Aquila

The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Regional Science is to address issues related to local development with specific reference to industrial clusters, economic, social and spatial dynamics of cities, regional development, governance of urban policies, the role of knowledge and innovation, social inclusion. The methodological perspective of research and teaching is multidisciplinary, combining regional and urban economics, economic and human geography, spatial planning and sociology. [+]

Best Doctorate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in Italy 2017. The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Regional Science is to address issues related to local development with specific reference to industrial clusters, economic, social and spatial dynamics of cities, regional development, governance of urban policies, the role of knowledge and innovation, social inclusion. The methodological perspective of research and teaching is multidisciplinary, combining regional and urban economics, economic and human geography, spatial planning and sociology. Places / Scholarships : 10 Scholarships GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of €16.159,91 gross(an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Facilities and benefits All PhD students will have tuition fees waived; All PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement); All PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers(1 per day, working days,except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules); All PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities. Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion: Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants “Laurea Magistrale” (or “Specialistica”) or Four or five years degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system (vecchio ordinamento) Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee. For admissions, the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to four years(full time). If admitted,foreign degree holders are required to hand in a “Dichiarazione di valore”. This document is not required to apply (see below). Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31 2016 may apply (both Italian or foreign degree according to the previous description).Applicants will have to send a copy of their degree certificate at phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it by November 20 2016(for Italian degrees a“self declaration” can also be accepted). Application Applicants must fill out the online application form (www.gssi.it/phd/) and attach the required documents by September 1,2016, 6pm (Italian time zone).No other application method will be accepted. Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the events of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enroll/will be expelled in/from the PhD program. In order to successfully submit the application form, applicants must insert all the data/information and upload the attachments as listed below. We strongly recommend applicants to review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted. Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure. INFORMATION AND DATA TO FILL IN THE ONLINE FORM The PhD applicants are applying to: Urban Studies and Regional Science Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) It is possible to apply for more than one curriculum, in this case the applicant should repeat the application procedure for each curriculum chosen(also for the additional scholarship in Network Communications in Plant Roots). Personal data Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Degree Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must fill out the information referred to the final degree required for admission (as reported in the above table). Reference Letters Optional Applicants can provide the names and contact information up to two referees. Referees should submit reference letters in English or Italian through the online application system (the information provided by the applicants in the online form will be used to send the referees and email with a link to a page where they can upload the reference letter). Interview Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must specify their preference for the interview: via videoconference (skype call) in l’Aquila (at the applicants expenses) Please note that the Selection Committee prefers no option, they are equivalent. Disabilties Optional/td> Applicants with disabilities needing special assistance must specify it in the online form. ATTACHMENTS TO THE ONLINE FORM, COMMON TO ALL PHD PROGRAMS Identification Document Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Signed and dated photocopy of a valid ID document.ID document is an official public document with the following characteristics: personal information, stamped identity picture, serial number, place and date of release. For non Italian documents, English translation on the original ID is required. The photocopy must contain all the pages reporting the above mentioned information, all 6 pages must be signed and dated. For foreign applicants the passport is highly recommended. Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum (CV) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) n English or Italian, the CV must indicate the university degree(s) held by the applicant, eventual professional and research activity experience and publications, if any. Degree certificate Compulsory Certificate of the Degree required for admission (as above mentioned): EU citizens or NON EU citizen residing in Italy: a copy of the certificate or a self-declaration declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and final grade; other applicants: certificate declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and finalgrade.For applicants who expect to complete their degree by October 31 2016: certificate or self-declaration (only for EU citizens and NON EU citizens residing in Italy) indicating the single examinations taken and grades obtained. Please note that it is compulsory to hand in or send the final degree certificate by November 20 2016 as above mentioned. In BOTH cases, if the official document released by the university is not available in Italian or English, candidates should also attach a translation of the document under their responsibility. Academic Transcripts or Diploma supplement Compulsory Academic transcript: an official document released by the university detailing the courses/classes taken or subjects studies and related grades. Alternatively, applicants may attach the Diploma Supplement as defined by the European Commission. SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS TO UPLOAD TO THE ONLINE FORM PHD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Urban Studies and Regional Science Motivational letter describing research interests and reasons for having chosen to apply to the GSSI PhD. GRE scores (Verbal and Quantitative) are preferred but optional (please include them in the application package). Selection Procedure Applicants are evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Program they applied for on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic record and any other pertinent data they submit. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic background, skills and scientific value with reference to the subjects of the interdisciplinary program, and their general aptitudes to research. The Selection Committee will also assess the relevance of any publication, the suitability of the candidates CV, the reference letters and any additional special qualifications, educational activities and/or participation in research groups or projects. The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases: Assessment of all application admitted through the online procedure: with the publication on the GSSI web site of the shortlist of the candidates admitted to the interview. Interview: once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency. Dates of the shortlist publication and interviews in the different PhD degrees: PhD Program Publication of the shortlisted candidates Interviews Urban Studies and Regional Science September 5, 2016 From 8 to 16 September 2016 Admission General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the GSSI web site: www.gssi.it.The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the different PhD Programs. In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, she/he shall be replaced by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking. Enrollment Once admitted to the PhD Program, candidates who wish to enroll must download the enrollment form given by the GSSI administration, fill it in, and submit it in person, by mail to GSSI, Viale F. Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila –Italy or by email phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it within 10 days from the notification of the results on the GSSI website. All documents required for the enrolment have to be enclosed; otherwise, the request will be rejected.Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program. In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit his/her place in the program. Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at GSSI (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure. FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS: Dichiarazione di Valore Prior to registration, admitted candidates with foreign degree (except degree obtained in France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark) will have to send or hand in the “Dichiarazione di valore” or a document that certifies that the procedure for obtaining such document has been initiated. The "Dichiarazione di valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant.Temporarily, a proof of the request to the Italian diplomatic or consulate representative may be accepted for “on hold” registration. IMPORTANT NOTE: please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the “Dichiarazione di Valore”. As such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process. Contact and info info@gssi.infn.it, +39 0862 4280262, www.gssi.infn.it. [-]

Doctoral Programme in History and Civilization

European University Institute (EUI)
Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Florence

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history in a global perspective. Study and research activities are structured in a four-year Ph.D. programme , which is one of the largest and most successful in Europe. [+]

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history in a global perspective. Study and research activities are structured in a four-year Ph.D. programme , which is one of the largest and most successful in Europe. The teaching programme for the Ph.D. in History and Civilization includes departmental, training and research seminars, as well as other activities such as conferences, workshops, and lectures. The faculty provides guidance in research methods and advises researchers on the preparation of their dissertations. Funding is provided for research missions to work in archives and libraries, and researchers may also receive financial support to present their work-in-progress at international conferences. Doctoral supervision is a priority at the EUI, and prospective researchers are welcome to explore whether their interests fit with those supported by the HEC faculty. Research Themes In the broadest of terms, research focuses on the shaping of modern Europe; intellectual history and the history of science; power, society and ideology; and imperial, colonial and global history. Transcending nation-state paradigms, our department examines the construction of Europe's boundaries and the diversity and complexity of experiences within them. This approach is reflected in the high-level research and theses produced by our department. Application deadline The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date. [-]

Doctoral Programme in Political and Social Sciences

European University Institute (EUI)
Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Florence

The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offers a four-year doctoral programme</strong> with specialisations in political science, sociology, international relations and social and political theory. [+]

Best Doctorate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in Italy 2017. The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offers a four-year doctoral programme with specialisations in political science, sociology, international relations and social and political theory. The Department places a strong emphasis on the theoretical and methodological tools required for Ph.D. research, and it favours a multi-faceted approach to research projects and doctoral theses, many of which cut across traditional academic boundaries. The Department also offers its researchers strong support with specific methodological issues such as comparative research design, statistical methods, and survey research. Regularly ranked among the very top departments in political and social sciences in Europe, the Department is strongly connected, through exchange programmes and joint research endeavours, to numerous universities beyond the confines of Europe. Doctoral supervision is a priority at the EUI, and prospective researchers for the Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences are invited to explore whether their interests fit with those supported by the SPS faculty. The SPS Department’s research agenda focuses mainly on political and social change within Europe, at all levels. Research Themes Faculty interests and projects relate to themes of government and democracy; social change in Europe and its implications for society; politics and public policy; the comparative study of public policy; political and social structures and behavior; international relations and security; and social and political theory. These themes are reflected in the high-level research projects and theses produced in SPS. Application deadline The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date. [-]