Summary of Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements that PhD students must fulfill in their three-year doctoral course are reported in a dedicate paragraph of the PhD Course Catalogues. For ease of reference, they are also summarized in this page.

New: postponement of coursework requirements due to COVID-19 emergency

The deadlines to fulfill the coursework requirements listed in the paragraphs below are modified as follows for the PhD Students of the 34° and 35° cycles:

1) Take Ph.D. courses for a minimum of 20 credits by the end of the second year. by the end of the third year.
2) At least 10 of the above 20 credits shall be earned by the end of the first year.
3) Attend at least three of the seminars/MOOCs promoted by the Ph.D. Program (find the list on the website) by the end of the third year.
4) Attend all the lectures of the Distinguished Lecturer Series program offered during the three-year Ph.D. course.*
5) Attend at least two modules of the PhD Educational Week on Transferable Skills 2020 or 2021. *

* Conditional to the possibility to organize Distinguished Lectures and PhD Educational Week which is related to the evolution of the emergency.

Coursework Requirements - 35° Cycle

Course requirements
  • Take Ph.D. courses for a minimum of 20 credits by the end of the second year.
  • At least 10 of the above 20 credits shall be earned by the end of the first year.

Specific constraints to earn the minimum of 20 credits of courses:

  • Transversal Skills Area (TSK): at least 5 credits should come from courses belonging to the Transversal Skills area (labeled TSK in the course Summary).
  • Information Engineering Area (IE): students shall earn at least 10 credits by taking courses belonging to the Information Engineering Area (labeled IE in the course Summary).
  • External Courses: up to a maximum of 5 credits may be earned by taking external courses (i.e. courses not included in this catalogue) falling in the following categories:
    • Courses appearing in the list of external courses approved by the Executive Board. The list of credited external courses is available on the Ph.D. Program main website.
    • Additional external courses might be included into the list after submission of a written request signed by the Student and his/her Supervisor. Only courses including an exam with grading are considered.
    • Courses from other Ph.D. School catalogues (provided they include a final exam with grading).
    • In order to get credit recognition for external courses, students shall obtain a certificate stating that the student attended the course and successfully passed the exam. Alternatively, the student may fill a Certification of Attendance with the course data and have it signed by the course instructor.
Seminar requirements
  • Attend at least three of the seminars/MOOCs promoted by the Ph.D. Program (find the list on the website) by the end of the third year.
  • Attend all the lectures of the Distinguished Lecturer Series program offered during the three-year Ph.D. course.
  • Attend at least two modules of the PhD Educational Week on Transferable Skills 2021, if offered

Coursework Requirements - 34° Cycle

The following requirements are valid for Ph.D. Students entering in October 2018 (34° cycle).

General requirements:

  • take Ph.D. courses for a minimum of 20 credits by the end of the second year;
  • at least 10 of the above 20 credits shall be earned by the end of the first year;
  • attend at least three seminars of the Ph.D. School Seminar Series by the end of the second year;
  • attend at least two modules of the PhD Educational Week on Transferable Skills 2019;
  • attend all the lectures of the Distinguished Lecturer Series program offered during the three-year Ph.D. course.

Specific constraints to earn the minimum of 20 credits of courses:

  • Soft Skills Area (SK): at least 5 credits should come from courses belonging to the Soft Skills area (labeled SK in the course Summary; please note that the seminars of the Ph.D. Seminar Series and the modules of the PhD Educational Week on Transferable Skills belong to the Soft Skill area and, although they do not grant credits, they are subject to the requirements of attendance outlined above).
  • Information Engineering Area (IE): at least 10 credits should be earned by taking courses belonging to the Information Engineering Area (IE).
  • External Courses: up to a maximum of 5 credits may be earned by taking external courses (i.e. courses not organized by our Ph.D. Schools) falling in the following categories:
    • Courses appearing in the list of External Courses approved by the School Council; the list is reported at the end of this Catalogue.
    • Additional external courses might be included into the list after submission of a written request by the student. Requests submitted by November 30th and May 31st will be evaluated by the School Council in December and June, respectively. Students should obtain their Supervisor approval before submitting a request. Only courses including a final exam with grading will be considered.
    • Courses from other Ph.D. School catalogues (provided they include a final exam with grading).
      Each first-year student must fill a tentative program of study form and submit it to the Ph.D. School Secretariat within December 31st. The program of study may be subsequently modified by submitting a new form no later than June 30th of the second year.
      Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Punctuality is expected both from instructors and students. Instructors have to report to the Coordinator of the Ph.D. School students missing classes without proper excuse.