The training of the Doctoral student focuses on teaching the skills which make highly qualified research work possible in universities, public institutions, and private organizations; developing scientific and technological progress and contributing to the creation of a leading class with a distinctive professional background and a corresponding international approach.
The School sets its sights on training young researchers in Environmental Engineering, through the acquisition and development of knowledge, abilities and skills necessary for planning, managing and conducting research activity.
The specific objectives lie mainly in acquiring post-graduate methodological skills in the scientific sectors that characterize Environmental Engineering, by taking part in training activities concentrated largely in the first year of the course. To achieve this goal, the School has initiated partnerships with similar Doctoral programmes at other universities. The School also requires students to develop specific and in-depth skills in the research area dealt with in the final dissertation.
The objectives of the research activity in the specific topic selected by the candidate fall into two main categories:
- an understanding of significant phenomena and processes in the environmental field through the formulation and implementation of innovative interpretational models;
- experimentation on and transfer of highly innovative solutions and technologies able to cope with the great complexity of the environmental problems.
For the purposes of the Doctoral course, students must also have developed the ability to conduct research autonomously and effectively communicate the results and methods used to an international audience, both orally and in writing.
The candidate must develop the skills necessary to formulate research projects and manage such projects in national and international contexts, while acquiring the tools necessary to conduct the research work individually and in groups.
The Doctoral course also aims at developing an exploratory approach to the themes of research and transferring important and specialized scientific results to problems and applied contexts, with a view to reinforcing the ties between basic and applied research in environmental studies which are important for the society and call for the development of highly innovative technologies, methods, and solutions.