Rules

The Pareto Doctoral Program comprises three different suggested curricula:

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 May and by mid November, 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 Moncalieri (Torino). 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. - By July 15 doctoral 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 appointed by the Faculty.

9. - After the Summer, students must deliver a presentation of their research and attend their fellow students’ presentation. Faculty members will attend and offer comments and suggestions. A satisfactory presentation of suitable research is a necessary condition for admission to the third year.

Other Years:

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. They are expected to present their work to faculty members and fellow students at least once, a few months before submission.

11. - 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.

Completion:

12. - The doctoral thesis (“tesi di dottorato”) must be completed and delivered to the supervisor and the Coordinator by November 15 of the student’s third year in the program. The coordinator also receives a reasoned report and assessment by the student’s supervisor.

13. - It is possible to request a three/six/nine/twelve months extension. This is routinely granted, if the dissertation project is promising, to students who upon enrollment needed two years of coursework. Should an acceptable thesis still not be completed by November 15 of the fourth year since admission, the student will not receive the doctoral degree except for exceptional cases.

14. - The dissertation and the supervisor’s report are submitted to the Faculty. At a meeting convened on or before December 5, 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.

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