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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 1.66k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 27 maio 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 2066pts.
  • Duration:
  • 3 years

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    The programme aims at educating researcher-designers who will contribute original knowledge to the field of design by tackling the problems and identifying the potential of contemporary society. Their contribution may be brought to bear in:

    • creating designs, visions, and proposals (research through design);
    • developing tools and methods for putting these into practice (research for design);
    • critical analysis of design and its application domain (research on design).

    The Programme develops project and analytical abilities, it proposes different methodologies of research, promotes the attitude to collaborate and offers professional opportunities in universities and research centres, design enterprises and public corporate bodies. 


    • Design Lessons 1
    • Tools for Research in Design 
    • Research in Design. Academic cases history.
    • Qualitative Research Methodologies in Planning, Design and Engineering
    • Public Engagement and Communication for Science and Research
    • Organizing Scientific Seminars


    • Design for Social Innovation
    • or Epistemology of Scientific and Technical Research
    • or Research management
    • or Interactive Virtual Prototyping – Methods and Tools


    • Course to be chosen at the School of the Design, the PhD School or elsewhere (compulsory) 
    • Course to be chosen at the School of the Design, the PhD School or elsewhere (optional)



    • Online admission procedure
    • Have obtained a Laurea Magistrale in Italy (or equivalent qualifications that are valid for admission to PhD programmes) with a final mark no lower than 95/110 or 86/100;
    • • In case of qualifications obtained abroad, have the minimum average score in exams indicated in the appendix to the call; (attachment 1). For the Countries not included in this list, the evaluation 
    • Research project
    • Health insurance
    • CV 
    • Language certificates (English).IELTS ≥ 6, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based (total score) ≥ 78, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper based (total score) ≥ 547, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) computer based (total score) ≥ 210.


    For the three-year duration of their studies, PhD candidates may be supported by scholarships.

    Scholarships vary from € 1000 to € 1500, the amount depends on the proposed research topic. Scholarship holders receive a tuition fees waiver; they will have to pay a small administrative fee for registration (€ 185,58 per year).

    Those having benefited from a scholarship for a Ph.D. course, even partially, may not apply for a second time.

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