About The PhD Program

Why to Apply

The PhD Course offers student a wide range of academic options, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary teaching staff and the availability of laboratories.

The leaflet of the school provides a short summary about the School activities and organization. 

Students might attend basic or advanced courses in all distinctive areas: from design technologies and software realisation, to hardware implementation technologies; from information elaboration methodologies, to infrastructures for their distribution in networks.

The program consist of 180 credits. The credits are awarded by the Doctorate commission according to the following criteria:

  • examinations passed;
  • tutor/advisor’s satisfactory assessment;
  • external tutor’s satisfactory assessment;
  • prototypes and publications published in magazines or presented in international conferences;
  • certificates declaring the presentation of research results in international conferences.

For more information, see the Study Regulations (Italian or English verion)

E4E Doctoral School

The PhD Programme in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is part of the E4E Doctoral School (Engineering for Economics – Economics for Engineering) in collaboration with the Enzo Ferrari PhD Programme in Engineering, Industry and Territory, the PhD Programme in Industrial Innovation Engineering and the PhD Programme in Labour, Development and Innovation


The Doctorate programme of the ICT School is organized in two curricula: Computer Engineering and Science and Electronics and Telecommunications. The research topics included in these curricula encompass a number of modern research and technological problems related to information management, electronics and telecommunications.

The Computer Engineering and Science curriculum concerns the following research areas:

  • methodologies and tools for the project and management of heterogeneous and distributed information systems;
  • development of ontologies and methodologies for the knowledge representation;
  • methodologies and tools to help in modular development and software reusability;
  • methods and tools for planning and control in manufacturing companies and networks of enterprises;
  • image processing and analysis and visual information retrieval from images and videos;
  • multimedia and architectures for multimedia systems;
  • computer graphics systems;
  • cloud computing;
  • high performance system architectures and web services;
  • security;
  • mobile agent systems in Internet (security, resource management and corresponding costs);
  • intelligent agents;
  • coordination infrastructures for multi-component applications in Internet;
  • Web technologies and emerging standards;
  • models and methods for the evaluation of performance in computer systems;
  • methods for the combinatorial optimization for solutions to decisional processes;
  • dynamic systems;
  • cellular autonoma;
  • neural networks;
  • classifier systems;
  • genetic networks.

The Electronics and Telecommunications curriculum concerns the following research areas:

  • electronics and electronic measurements;
  • telecommunications;
  • electromagnetics;
  • control theory.

In particular, in the field of electronics and measurements,  the following research areas are considered:

  • microelectronics, also in its more recent advances in single components;
  • intelligent sensing;
  • electronics for telecommunications;
  • electronics for digital systems and electronics for actuation and control systems.

In the field of telecommunications and electromagnetics, the main research areas are:

  • digital transmission techniques for wireless and wired communication systems
  • wideband telecommunication networks;
  • optical components and devices for photonic networks and the electromagnetic compatibility.

In the field of control theory, the main research topics are:

  • mathematical modeling of physical systems;
  • sliding-mode robust control with integral action;
  • robotics and controls in the automotive scenario.


International Dimension

English is the official language. All courses are taught in English. Oral and written exams as well as the thesis are in English. English is also the everyday language in the interaction with the Faculty and the admininistration.

Students are strongly recommended to spend at least three months of their doctorate studies in a top international research or academic institution. A significant increase of the grant is guaranteed during this period. Partecipation to international summer schools and conferences are strongly encouraged.


International Students Point

Starting from 25 August 2008 our University has activated the "International Students Point" which has the aim of supporting foreign students applying for the PhD School (for instance: burocracy with the visa, information about the accomodation at the University and about courses for Italian language and culture, etc.).

The International Student Point is located in Via Università 4, Modena, and has the following contacts:
Phone: +39 059 2056568
Fax: +39 059 2056566
Webpage:  http://www.international.unimore.it/



Students are assigned a tutor/advisor who follows and advises the student throughout their research fieldwork.


Thesis and Degree examination

The final examination consists of a public discussion and a written dissertation.

Since 2011, the PhD dissertations of the students of the ICT school are freely available online.


Academic year

The Academic year begins on November, 1st and ends on October, 31st.


The PhD students will be covered by the University assurance.