About the school

The ICT International Doctoral School was founded in 2001 and the official language is English. The doctorate programme delivers the skills necessary to conduct advanced research at universities, public bodies, or private organizations for the purpose of advancing  scientific and technological progress and creating a managerial class with a high-level professional culture and a corresponding international openness. The specific objective of the doctorate programme is to train professionals able to develop high-quality and innovative information and telecommunication systems addressed to solving complex problems. It also pursues the goal of enhancing the doctoral students’ entrepreneurial abilities by furnishing specific training and opportunities to undertake internships.

The ICT International Doctoral School offers a broad training programme which exploits the multidisciplinary nature of the teaching staff and the availability of advanced-level laboratories. The training programme enables the ICT International Doctoral School to activate student exchange agreements and teaching modules with similar institutions around the world.

The number of applications for admission to the school has grown rapidly with time. Up until now the research work done by the department, thanks to a solid network of connections between the school and the business world, including Research Centres of the area, has given important training opportunities to more than 600 PhD students since 2001. Most of the PhD students are international and come from all over the world.

Since the School was founded, it has produced more than 400 Doctor of Research;all of them are currently working in research centres, universities and/or business on a gloabal scale.

Application and Admission

The announcement of selection for the Doctoral Program in Information and Communication Technology is issued every year in springtime.

The selection is based on the evaluation of the applicant’s titles and qualifications.


Applications for the PhD Program in Information and Communication Technology are accepted from applicants who hold:

  • an Italian “Laurea magistrale” instituted in conformity with Italian Ministerial Decree 270/2004, or
  • a university degree of the previous regulations (Italian "Laurea specialistica " or "Diploma di Laurea"), or
  • an equivalent degree obtained abroad (Master's degree) and recognized as equivalent to the Italian "Laurea magistrale" by the Admissions Committee for the sole purposes of admission to the Doctoral programme, also within the framework of mobility and cooperation inter-university agreements.

Applications are also accepted from students who expect to complete their degree by October 31.


The majority of the PhD positions are covered by scholarships.Currently the annual gross amount of the doctoral scholarship is  € 16.290,00. The annual net amount of the scholarship is € 14.400,00. The scholarship net amount may change,  depending on the country of residence and on country-specific taxation agreements. 
Students who have been awarded a PhD scholarship are entitled to get a 50% increase of their scholarship when staying abroad for reasons related to their doctoral research and studies.
Each student is provided with a budget which can be used for educational and research purposes.
First year students have the priority for getting accommodation at student residences