PhD Program


The PhD program starts on the first of October of each year. During the program, PhD students might supervise undergraduate students and participate in educational activities such as courses, seminars, and summer schools organized by the University of Basilicata or other institutions in Italy or abroad, following approval by the Doctorate Board.
At the end of each year, students prepare a report and hold a public seminar on the academic and research activities, which will be evaluated and approved by the Doctorate Board.
During the second and/or third year of the course, PhD students are invited to spend at least six months in renowned research institutes abroad.
At the end of the course, the thesis is preliminary evaluated by two external referees belonging to other Universities in Italy or abroad.
Finally, the PhD degree is awarded after a public examination in the form of defense of the dissertation before an external committee, which is appointed by the Doctorate Board.
Each candidate is expected to publish at least one scientific paper in an indexed journal before graduation.



The AFF PhD program requires the completion of 180 credits (60 credits per year; each credit corresponds to 25 hours of student academic/research work, according to the European Credit Transfer System, (ECTS), composed of the following:

  • at least 144 (max. of 168) credits of Research, including the preparation of final Dissertation and in progress Reports;
  • at least 9 (max. of 12) credits of graduate level courses, including statistics and computer science (2 to 9 credits), knowledge and research results valorization (2 to 6 credits), research management and funding (2 to 4 credits), English language courses (3 to 6 credits, English will be assessed for the "proficiency" level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • at least 3 (maximum of 24) credits of special or independent study/training, which should be approved by the Doctoral Board.