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Doctoral School Programme

 General Introduction



English is the official language of the Doctorate Programme in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering.
Courses, written and oral examinations, as well as the thesis, are in English.



3 years

Academic year


from November to October


Education and Credits

To complete the whole programme, the student must obtain 180 credits as follows:

  • 30 credits for courses and other educational activities, according to a personal Study Plan formulated by each doctoral student with the assistance of the supervisor and submitted for the approval to the Doctoral School Committee. This includes:

15 credits TYPE A: attendance at institutional courses proposed by the Manifesto of Studies of the Doctorate Programme (a final examination/test at the end of the course must be passed) or specialized courses of a similar level offered by Italian or foreign University institutions. In this case, the attendance of the courses must be approved by the Doctoral School Committee. Students are advised to obtain these credits by the end of the first year; in any case they must be achieved by the end of the second year.

15 credits TYPE B: other activities, like courses without final exam, short schools, workshops, seminars, work placements, attended at the home University and/or other institutions. The Doctoral School Committee evaluates the suitability of such activities with respect to the training and research objectives of the student and establishes the number of credits to award. These credits must be obtained by the end of the third year.

  • 150 credits for research and writing on the topic of the final thesis, including any research sessions spent at Italian,foreign universities or research institutions.

English Proficiency: Students should give their annual examination in English. In addition, students are invited to attend the Technical/Scientific English class to improve their proficiency (valid to earn Type B credits)

For your reference, further information about the credits conversion are available on the web.


During the PhD programme, the doctoral student is guided by an supervisor, who supports the students study and research activities and ensures that good research quality is reached and maintained.

The supervisor meets with the student to assess his/her progress in the programme and to provide advice on future work.

The supervisor should assist the student in defining her/his study plan as well as in defining the content of the thesis. The supervisor should report to the Committee cases in which the research work does not meet the standards of the School. In addition, the supervisor advises the student during the research activity and ensures that her/his conduct is respectful of the regulations of the School, since they are considered fundamental for the value of the School and for scientific and professional growth of the doctoral students.

If at any point during the course of the programme the supervisor has concerns about progress, he should inform the student in writing. The Doctoral School Committee can remove the supervisor from her/his responsibility whenever she/he does not fulfil her/his obligations.

The Doctoral School Committee may assign the doctoral student a second supervisor (co-supervisor), who may be external. The co-supervisor has the same rights and obligations as the supervisor.

Research funds:

Each student is provided with a budget for research activity amounting € 3.258,00 which can be used only for educational and research purposes: reimbursment of travel expenses; support to research (translation, draft review, etc.); buying research tools such as data, use of equipment and equipment itself. The amount is available until the 31st October of the 3rd year. Students can use this budget upon approval of their supervisor.

NB: Students are responsible to keep track of all expenses related to their research, training and mobility, and to regularly update the Programme Administrators about it.


Secretariat of the School

Via Mesiano 77, I-38123 Trento
ph. +39 0461 282670