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PhD Programs

The IMT School offers six interdisciplinary PhD Programs in




Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences

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Cultural Systems

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Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences

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Management of Digital Transformation

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Systems Science

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with the common mission of fostering interdisciplinary research and benefiting from the complementarity of multiple methodologies inferred from subjects such as economics, management, engineering, computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, physics, cognitive and social neuroscience, archaeology, art history, and cultural heritage analysis and management, which offer a unique and characterizing set of skills in the area of analysis and management of a plurality of systems.

Beginning with the 2022/2023 Academic Year, the IMT School is the leading institution of the National Doctorate in Cybersecurity organized in collaboration with other universities and research institutions with the goal of training a new generation of scholars, and future decision-makers, who can support and increase the resilience of citizens, public institutions and businesses with respect to cyber attacks.


PhD Program in Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences

This research-based, multidisciplinary PhD Program focuses on cognitive, computational and social neurosciences, and integrates basic neuroscience methods with traditional experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The track prepares researchers capable of developing innovative research strategies and creative ideas to monitor, understand and predict human behavior, mind and its complexity.

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PhD Program in Cultural Systems

The Ph.D. Program Cultural Systems constitutes a unique multidisciplinary environment. It trains students to undertake cutting-edge research in the many scientific fields related to cultural systems and to operate as high-level, innovative cultural heritage professionals. It offers two tracks, Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) and Museum Studies (MUST). Both research- and practice-oriented courses are in the program, which aims at opening career paths in Academia, museums, cultural institutions, creative industries, and private companies. Students are encouraged to spend part of their training abroad within the Erasmus+ framework and ad hoc mobility agreements.

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PhD Program in Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences

The PhD Program in Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences trains students to undertake cutting-edge research in a wide range of economic and social disciplines with a unique multidisciplinary approach that relies on the unifying language of statistics and data science, as well as on selected tools from computer science and psychology.

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PhD Program in Systems Science

The aim of SyS is to equip students with the necessary skills to conduct advanced research in the field of analysis and design of a range of technological, natural, economic, and social systems. This is achieved through the use of descriptive and predictive mathematical models. SyS students work on diverse projects, such as improving the efficiency of industrial systems, comprehending the complexity of biological, ecological, social, and economic systems, and ensuring the reliability and autonomy of cyber-physical systems that combine physical modules and software. The potential application areas of SyS include several industries such as automotive, aerospace, communication, chemical, infrastructure, energy, biomedicine, financial, and manufacturing, as well as governmental sectors such as central banking and official statistics.

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PhD Program in Management of Digital Transformation

The main goal of the PhD program in Management of Digital Transformation is to train a new executive class to respond to the management needs of digital transition processes, drawing inspiration from and responding to the needs outlined in the PNRR to bring businesses and institutions together with universities and research.

The MDT doctoral program pursues this goal by combining a "horizontal" approach to academic activities with a "vertical" approach to research. The PhD Program offers a cross-disciplinary educational offer of a multidisciplinary nature dedicated to digital transition issues addressed from a cultural, economic, social, engineering, IT, legal, managerial, neuroscientific, and psychological perspective.

Distinguishing feature of the PhD Program in MDT is the corporate involvement: Research activities entail a specific in-depth study on a highly-qualified scientific project highly-qualified scientific project in line with the student's curricular profile and motivations, developed jointly by an academic advisor and a company representative.

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National PhD in Cybersecurity

The National PhD in Cybersecurity prepares you to analyze and solve a broad spectrum of cybersecurity-related problems, all with a high institutional, social, and industrial interest, with the primary objective of identifying practical solutions in various fields. Through a strong multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, the PhD program provides a basic exposure to all such wide-ranging spectrum of competences and focuses on four key thematic Specialization Curricula:

  • Foundational Aspects in Cybersecurity

  • Software, System, and Infrastructure Security

  • Data Governance & Protection

  • Human, Economic, and Legal Aspects in Cybersecurity

PhD graduates will possess the necessary technical knowledge and expertise on information technologies, will be able to understand the general socio-legal framework in which they operate and to design operational processes in line with fundamental-rights protection standards, regulatory obligations, international policies, and economic implications.

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