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The PhD degree course aims to equip candidates with in-depth knowledge and technical expertise in their chosen specialty, and high-level, cross-disciplinary and robust education in the other five curricula. 

The objective is to give all candidates the opportunity to choose among the expertise available in 30 Italian universities and to work in inter-disciplinary teams on ‘hot topics’ related to sustainability and climate change. Students will be able to design their education programmes in terms of the courses and topics studied, to learn how to solve problems from different angles, and how to engage in effective discussion with experts in other domains. 

We know that the reality is complex and requires highly trained individuals able to find solutions to multi-faceted problems. The curricula aim to expose the PhD candidates to a range of real-life challenges, and provide an education experiences that as much as possible mirrors real-life. 

During the PhD-SDC multi-disciplinary events, candidates will work in inter-disciplinary teams on key aspects of the complex problems facing humanity, to try to guarantee “a healthy and just future” for coming generations. They will be asked to propose effective ways to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) defined by the United Nations. 

It is expected that the PhD-SDC community will include 100+ PhD candidates enrolled in the 30 supporting universities, along with their 100+ academic supervisors and the even more numerous individuals involved in delivering the lectures and training. We expect the community to meet together for around 2 weeks annually to discuss and work on sustainability and climate change issues.

Candidates will be assigned to scholarship in one of the areas within the six curricula. Candidates will be enrolled in the universities offering the relevant specializations and will follow an education roadmap that include activities at three levels:

  • the multi-disciplinary PhD level;
  • the multi-disciplinary level of the student’s particular curriculum;
  • a more focused level related to the particular disciplinary area.

The students’ work will focus mainly on the focal discipline, although we expect some 50% of the training and around 20% of the time will be devoted to study in other disciplines.

To guarantee a multi-disciplinary and inter-university education experience, students will participate in three types of educational events (including seminars, courses, workshops):

  • multi-disciplinary (MD) events, which will include all the PhD SDC candidates; 
  • Curriculum (CU) events, which will include all PhD candidates following that particular curriculum;
  • focused (mostly single-discipline) (FD) events, to be agreed with supervisors and which will mostly be held at the universities where students are enrolled.

The PhD degree course aims to equip candidates with in-depth knowledge and technical expertise in their chosen specialty, and high-level, cross-disciplinary and robust education in the other five curricula. 

The objective is to give all candidates the opportunity to choose among the expertise available in 30 Italian universities and to work in inter-disciplinary teams on ‘hot topics’ related to sustainability and climate change. Students will be able to design their education programmes in terms of the courses and topics studied, to learn how to solve problems from different angles, and how to engage in effective discussion with experts in other domains. 

We know that the reality is complex and requires highly trained individuals able to find solutions to multi-faceted problems. The curricula aim to expose the PhD candidates to a range of real-life challenges, and provide an education experiences that as much as possible mirrors real-life. 

During the PhD-SDC multi-disciplinary events, candidates will work in inter-disciplinary teams on key aspects of the complex problems facing humanity, to try to guarantee “a healthy and just future” for coming generations. They will be asked to propose effective ways to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) defined by the United Nations. 

 

Here you can download the full educational programme of the PhD course

http://www.iusspavia.it/phd-sdc/educational_programme