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IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca - Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca PhD in Cultural Systems - Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca - Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca

PhD in Cultural Systems - Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage

Lucca, Italy

3 Years


Full time

21 Jun 2024

04 Nov 2024

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* no tuition fees; students beyond the tuition waiver also receive a scholarship €16,243 per year for up to three years


Cultural Systems is an international Ph.D. program hosted by the IMT School, one of the seven Schools of Excellence in Italy, and ranked among the highest of the top graduate schools in Europe, according to the most recent U-Multirank ranking. The IMT School provides rigorous training and close supervision in various humanities, sciences, and technological disciplines, welcoming multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches at their boundaries.

The IMT School is a truly international environment with students from all around the world. The School has a record of placing students in top research universities, policy-making institutions, and companies. English is the official language of the School.

The Ph.D. Program Cultural Systems constitute a unique multidisciplinary environment. It trains students to undertake cutting-edge research in the many scientific fields related to cultural systems and to operate as high-level, innovative cultural heritage professionals. It offers two tracks, Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) and Museum Studies (MUST)*.

Both research- and practice-oriented courses are in the program, which aims at opening career paths in Academia, museums, cultural institutions, creative industries, and private companies. Students are encouraged to spend part of their training abroad within the Erasmus+ framework and ad hoc mobility agreements.

* The new call for the MUST track will be published in 2025.

What Cultural Systems offers

  • International, vibrant, collaborative multi- and cross-disciplinary research environment
  • Training in innovative thinking, curiosity-driven research, project-oriented approach, and applied research approach
  • Rigorous training in the analysis and management of cultural heritage and museum studies
  • Methodological, theoretical, and applied science approach, including field trips and direct contact with cultural heritage, cultural institutions, and companies
  • Direct involvement in scientific cultural heritage projects
  • Opportunity to meet leading researchers visiting IMT every year
  • Free double room accommodation for 3 years
  • Desk provided on campus
  • Daily free meals (lunch and dinner) at the IMT canteen for 3 years
  • Scholarship of €16,243/year for up to three years
  • Participation in exchange programs
  • Double degree programs

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