Training Plan

The Program provides the PhD students with a broad training plan which includes scientific and technological subjects, as well as soft skills and innovation management, so as to facilitate the application of new technologies in industries (in line with Industry 4.0). The Program makes the most of the multidisciplinary and international nature of the teaching staff and the availability of high-level laboratories.

The PhD student receives support from an academic and an industrial advisor throughout the duration of the Program. Joint meetings are planned in order to establish full cooperation as far as student guidance and work are concerned, including setting up the course and research plan.

Research and development activities

Depending on the path of the PhD student, a research period from 6 to 36 months must be carried out in a company, so as to acquire knowledge and specific skills, and perform in-depth analysis of the issues and needs related to industrial innovation. 

Teaching activites

The teaching activities total 21 credits (in Italian CFU) to be acquired  by participating in courses, workshops and seminars. A minimum of 15 out of the 21 credits must be obtained by passing courses offered by the PhD in Industrial Innovation. The remaining credits can be obtained by attending courses offered by the Master's Degree or participating in Summer/Winter Schools.

The Program includes methods and technical courses in the area chosen by the candidate (at least 2 courses - 6 credits), soft skills such as entrapreneurship and funding, project management and innovation courses  (at least 2 courses - 6 credits).

Progression in the Program

Admission to the second year is determined by the Doctoral School Committee based on the following elements:

  • at least 12 credits from training activities;
  • presentation of the Activity Plan Document  (approx. 5 pages)
  • approval by the academic and the industrial supervisors, and subsequently by and ad-hoc evaluation committee, of the activities performed by the doctoral student.

Admission to the third year is determined by the Doctoral School Committee based on the following elements:

  • completion of all 21 credits of the training activities; 
  • presentation of the Research Advancement Document (approximately 10 pages);
  • approval by the academic and the industrial supervisors, and subsequently by and ad-hoc evaluation committee, of the activities performed by the doctoral student.

Admission to the Final Exam requires that:

  • at least two articles in international journals or conferences listed in the ISI or SCOPUS databases have been completed (patent applications may be considered).