Study Plan


Each PhD student has a supervising team (Thesis Committee) responsible for monitoring the student’s progress composed of:

- supervisor (head of the laboratory in which the student carries out his/her research project);
- internal advisor (SEMM faculty member);
- external advisor (international expert in the specific area of the research project).


Our training is intense and strongly interdisciplinary. The students are requested to attend courses, as well as workshops, meetings, seminars, symposia, retreats, congresses. Below you will find a quick overlook of the main activities scheduled in the 4 years.


1st Year
Advisors' choiceBeginning of April
Probationary period report submissionlast week of September
2nd Year
First Thesis Committee MeetingBy end of November
Meeting with external advisorJanuary/March/April
Students' data clubAlong the year
3rd Year
Public speechAlong the year
Third year report submissionLast week of September
4th Year
Second Thesis Committee MeetingBy end of November
Choice of examinersBy end of March
Student's final reportBy 30 September
Thesis submission1-30 September
Thesis viva1 October - 15 November
University Final ExamDecember