PhD programs or Doctoral degree programs (Dottorato di ricerca) are intended to train postgraduates for advanced scientific research or for senior professional positions; depending on the area of research, they will require students to make use of the latest technologies and learning techniques, and may involve periods of study abroad, or secondments ton specialist research centres.
The entry requirement is an Italian second cycle degree (Laurea magistrale) or an equivalent foreign qualification (Master’s degree programs); applicants must sit a highly competitive entry exam; by law the minimum period of study is 3 years. A thesis derived from original research is compulsory to obtain the award of a third cycle degree known as Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD) entitling the holder to the title of Dottore di Ricerca.
LUMSA PhD programs:
Sciences of the Civil Economy. Governance, Institutions and History (information available only in Italian): The PhD program aims to develop the civil economy fields through a market analysis (alternative trade institutions, no-profit organizations, social responsible companies…) and a focus on the smart cities (sharing economy) and on the public decision making processes. The PhD program is entirely in Italian.
The development and well-being of individuals and organizations (information available only in Italian): The PhD program aims to train students to carry out scientific research and improve their research methodologies in several fields as psychology, neurosciences, education, communication, business management. The PhD program is entirely in Italian.
Contemporary Humanism: International and Innovative PhD Programme (information available in English): The PhD program aims to develop knowledge and critical skills in reading and interpreting the historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and educational tradition in its making and in its effects on the present, from the point of view of the category of "humanism". The PhD program is held in English and Italian.