General Guidelines

The PhD is the highest level of specialized education recognised worldwide. In Italy, the selection of the PhD Candidates involves a competitive examination advertised in a yearly call. The call is generally issued in Spring. The lenght of the PhD Programme is 4 years and a full scholarship is available for selected candidates.

Applications for PhD positions are open to students of all age and nationalities who obtained a secon level degree (Master’s Degree level), which gives access to PhD studies.
It is only possible to submit an application to PhD Programmes in reply to a Call for applications

General information on PhD at the University of Turin are available here

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctoral Program in Economics

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctoral Program in Economics comprises three different curricula:

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctoral Program in Economics is a 4-years Doctoral Program.
Forms, templates an useful information can be found at this page

The doctoral program is organized as follows.

Every Academic Year

1. Students must file and keep up to date contact information (address, e-mail, telephone numbers) with the program’s office.

2. Twice yearly, enrolled students must prepare reports of all activities and of research progress during the previous six months. They must send the reports, by mid June and by mid December, to their Coordinator and supervisor(s). Supervisors will append their own assessment of progress and send the resulting document to the coordinator and to the student. The Coordinator and the Faculty need this information in order to approve continued financial support and to decide whether to recommend that the student be admitted to the following year of the program.

3. Students must attend organizational meetings convened by the Coordinator. The student’s research should be discussed regularly with supervisor(s) and other faculty. Each student should schedule appointments with the Coordinator to discuss progress whenever appropriate, and at least once per quarter.

4. Students who have not requested and obtained permission to attend a course program away from Turin must reside in the Turin metropolitan area. They are entitled to use the computer and office facilities of the doctoral program at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. They are expected to participate in the program’s activities, where attendance will be monitored.

5. Students are encouraged to work as teaching and research assistants. All students’ remunerated and gratis work, however, must be disclosed to the Coordinator. The Coordinator will discuss their compatibility with the doctoral program with the student and with the Faculty, whose formal permission is necessary for some activities to be compatible with continued financial support.

First Year Courses

6. Doctoral students generally attend first year courses. Student who fail to complete the first year graduate courses have to be excluded from the doctoral program. Students who already hold postgraduate qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree may be admitted directly to the second year’s course program.

Second Year Courses

7. Doctoral students who have a master degree must attend the second-year course program. Course assessments must satisfy criteria established by the Coordinator for their cohort. Students who request and obtain permission to spend all or part of the second year abroad, attending advanced courses relevant to their research field that are not offered in Turin, may be exempted from some or all the second year course requirements.

8. In Spring of the second year, the students will present their intended research project to the Faculty in a presentation lasting 20′. Faculty members will attend and offer comments and suggestions.

9. By July 15th of the second year, students must file a brief (one page) thesis project with an indication of the topic and of the intended theoretical and/or empirical approach. The project should have been discussed with the appropriate faculty, and each student will discuss supervision arrangements with the Coordinator. A thesis supervisor (and, in exceptional cases, a co-supervisor) will be confirmed by the Faculty. A satisfactory presentation of suitable research is a necessary condition for admission to the third year.

Third Year

10. After completing the course requirements (in two years, or in one year if a master’s degree or equivalent qualifications were obtained before the first year) students must focus on research, aiming to complete their dissertation and draft it professionally in English.

11. In Spring of the third year, students will deliver a presentation on the progress on their research thesis to the Faculty in a presentation lastin 40′. Faculty members will attend and offer comments and suggestions.

Fourth Year

12. In addition to the bi-annual reports (see art. 2 “Every Academic Year”), students must prepare an ad-hoc document including all the activities of the three years that will be sent to external reviewers. The deadline for sending the material is set for October, 1st at noon time.


13. The doctoral thesis (“tesi di dottorato”) must be completed and delivered to the supervisor and the Coordinator by the 1st of October (tentatively) of the student’s fourth year (possibly a single pdf file, with the different papers put in sequence). Lastly, Supervisor(s) will be required to provide a reasoned report and assessment in support of the student’s work that will circulate to the teaching committee.

14. The dissertation and the supervisor’s report are submitted to the Faculty. At a meeting convened on or before December 5th, the Faculty decides whether to admit the student to a final examination by a Committee of one internal and two external professors, proposed by the Faculty and appointed by the Rector of the University. If admitted, a revised final draft of the dissertation, addressing points raised by the supervisor and the Coordinator and by the Faculty, will be delivered in due time to the Committee appointed by the Rector.

15. Copies of the final draft are sent to the Committee’s members, who discuss it with the candidate at a special session convened early in the following calendar year. If the thesis is approved by the Committee, the student is granted the Doctorate (“Dottore di Ricerca”) degree from the University.


16. An acceptable dissertation consists of three essays, formatted as scientific papers, at least one of which should be of sufficient quality and originality for potential publication in a reputable refereed journal. It may also be organized in chapters and contain suitable material for a research monograph. In either case the dissertation should:

i) Identify the relevant issues and survey existing knowledge.
ii) Highlight the student’s own theoretical or empirical contribution.
iii) Clearly identify unresolved issues and directions for further research.

Any joint work must be clearly identified as such.