IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca offers a multidisciplinary PhD program that integrates scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, neurosciences and behavioral psychology, physics, applied physics, applied mathematics, statistics and cultural heritage. It offers a unique and characteristic patrimony of competences within the broad framework of the analysis and management of a plurality of systems. Starting with the Academic Year 2016-17, the three-year program is articulated in four field-specific yet interacting curricula. Candidates can apply for one (or more) of the following curricula:
- Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH)
- Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN)
- Computer Science and Systems Engineering (CSSE)
- Economics, Management and Data Science (EMDS)
The curricula share in part a common scientific background (as made evident by the number of courses that students from different curricula may choose to attend) and are directly linked to the School’s four scientific and research macro-areas.
Courses are led by world-renowned researchers and provide students with all the theoretical skills and advanced tools required for rigorously tackling a multitude of analysis, design and management problems within the broad framework of systems analysis in economic, social, biological and technological domains. Specialized faculty and staff create a network that provides key guidance and support throughout the PhD Program. Working closely with faculty, both in the classroom and in the development of research, students reach the highest levels of scholarly achievement. IMT School PhD graduates will be able to use the skills they acquired during their studies to recognize and resolve complex problems, to choose the most appropriate method or instrument to utilize when approaching these problems, even in disciplines outside of their primary field of research.
The course offerings have been thus designed with a twofold purpose. The first is to assure that all students achieve the necessary scientific skillset; the second is to guarantee the appropriate training in each specific discipline and to introduce students to the state-of-the-art results in the corresponding field. To instill a broader cross-field standpoint, some courses are accessible to students in other curricula.
Each student will construct a personal study plan with his/her Advisor, drawing from the entire range of course offerings, long seminars and laboratories, to best suit his or her background and research interests.
All courses, long seminars and laboratories can be with or without a final examination: students have to agree with their Advisors upon the activities with exams, and take the exams in accordance with the lecturers’ indications.
Moreover, every doctoral student will be affiliated with one of the School's research areas. A rich seminar series completes the educational program, introducing the student to a variety of cutting-edge research topics.
Candidates from a multitude of scientific backgrounds may apply including, but not limited to, economics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, neurosciences, psychology, humanities, art history and museology, as the program is designed to train a new international professional elite on a meritocratic basis for careers both in academia and in businesses and institutions.
All students will be based in the recently restored San Francesco complex, a fully integrated Campus in the historical center of the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca. The Campus includes renewed, fully-equipped residential facilities, an on-site canteen, study and living rooms, a state-of-the-art library and outdoor recreational spaces, which foster a unique cultural, professional and social environment for the doctoral program. All admitted students will also receive a research scholarship. Additional funding for research stages also will be provided.
The PhD program at the IMT School attracts students from around the world, providing a truly international environment. English is the official language of the School. Moreover, all students will have the opportunity to spend periods abroad at research institutes, laboratories or universities, both within the Erasmus+ program and through ad hoc mobility agreements.
Most IMT School PhD Graduates have reached prominent roles in academics, governmental institutions, public and private companies or professions across the globe. With the knowledge that the labor market will be characterized more and more by mobility across types of careers that had traditionally been considered separate, the IMT School aims to equip its graduate students with the most appropriate tools for facing a variety of diverse real-world problems.