The doctoral curriculum consists of a taught component and supervised individual research. It is designed to be completed in four years.

During the first year, students dedicate 100% of their time to course attendance.

In the second year, students dedicate only 40% of their time to training and the remaining time to research. In their third and final years, student dedicate almost all their time to research – 80% - along with the attendance of specific workshops, summer schools or seminars related to their research project.

Students have a choice of two separate paths, namely Behavioural Economics and Management.

Teaching Programme - First year - Academic Year 2020-21


1st Term

Oct. - Dec 2020 



  • Statistics and Regression - Prof. Taufer (36 hours) - UNITN*
  • Behavioural EconomicsProf. Mittone (joint course - master BEA - 48 hours) - UNITN
  • Game Theory - Prof. Andreozzi (joint course - master BEA - 48 hours) - UNITN
  • Applied Microeconometrics - Prof. Stillman (18 hours) - UNIBZ*
  • Time Series - Prof. Di Lascio and Prof. Ravazzolo (30 hours) - UNIBZ*

2nd Term

Jan-March 2021




  • Advanced Econometrics - Prof. Fezzi (24 hours) - UNITN*
  • Experimental Economics - Prof. Ploner (25 hours) - UNITN
  • Managerial decision making - Prof. Zona (36 hours) - UNITN
  • Performance analysis and business analytics - Prof. Zaninotto (joint course - master BEA - 25 hours)
  • Research Methodology - Prof. Costa (16 hours), Prof. Frigotto (15 hours) and Prof. Savadori (18 hours)
  • Academic Writing for the Social Sciences - Mark Beittel - jointly with SRS PhD programme

* courses in cooperation with the Free University of Bolzano - Bozen (UNIBZ)

First Year (term 1 and 2): Courses are mandatory. Examination and pass/fail rules are specified below. Admission to the second year is conditional upon fulfilment of all the requirements. 

Second Year. At the end of the third semester students shall hand in their Project Proposal. The First Research paper is due at the end of the Second Year.

Third Year: Research for and writing of the Doctoral dissertation. The Second research paper, i.e. work-in-progress and preliminary results of the research, is due during the 3rd year.

Fourth Year: Research, thesis submission and viva.

Other Requirements

A wide range of seminars (nearly 30 per year) and tutorials (2 per year) is offered. Attendance is considered an integral part of the programme requirements.

Doctoral School of Social Sciences
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