The School’s didactic activities consist primarily of six 12-hour seminars per academic year. These seminars pertain to the four scientific areas which constitute the Programme’s curricula; they are generally run by Faculty members, though in particular cases external scholars may be entrusted with this task. The Faculty may also decide to let other seminars and conferences, organized by the Faculty itself or by some of its members, either autonomously or in cooperation with other institutions, become part of the School’s didactic activities.
Every first-year doctoral student chooses and attends five of the six seminars mentioned in art. 1. Every second-year student chooses and attends two of the same seminars. The students’ participation is assessed by the teacher, who sends a written communication to the Coordinator. The modalities of this assessment are decided by each individual teacher and may involve the student’s writing a paper or essay. Third-year students are not required to attend any of the seminars mentioned in art. 1.
Attendance at the seminars mentioned in art. 1, and a positive outcome of the assessment mentioned in art. 2, determine the acquisition of credits. The ratio of seminar hours to credits is 6 to 1. Therefore first-year students by attending five seminars will obtain 10 credits, while second-year students by attending two seminars will obtain 4 credits.
All students are required to participate – informing the Coordinator – in conferences and seminars of their choice for a number of hours equivalent to 3 credits in the first semester and 2 credits in the second semester.
Students are also required to attend some ‘complementary skills’ courses organized by the University where their doctoral cycle is administratively based. Further information is available in the section of this website devoted to courses.
Progress from the first to the second year is conditional upon all the assessments mentioned in art. 2 being positive.
All students who have been admitted to the second year ask the Faculty, through the Coordinator, to appoint a supervisor for their research and final dissertation. The Coordinator summons a meeting of the Faculty, who appoints a supervisor.
Progress from the second to the third year is conditional upon the successful outcome both of all the assessments mentioned in art. 2 and of a discussion of the dissertation’s subject before the Faculty. With a view to this discussion the candidate must address to the Coordinator a request in which they give a concise account of the subject. Then the Coordinator summons a meeting in which Faculty members discuss the proposed subject with the candidate. The Faculty then separately deliberates whether the student’s request should be accepted.