Concerning the rules to be admitted to next PhD year and to PhD final exam, the PhD Teaching Board recalls that, among the PhD objectives, and listed as first point, is the “number and quality of scientific publications” produced (and co-produced) by the PhD Student. Consequently, it is very important to create a proper structure that can be of constant help and incitement for scientific production.

In more detail concerning the rules to be admitted to next PhD year and, at the end of the third year, to the PhD final exam:

  1. The Research Advisor, who is not mandatory, will act together with the PhD Tutor to solicit the PhD Student about his/her scientific production and to give constant support both to evidence positive aspects and to advise about possible critical points. The Research Advisor, chosen by the Teaching Board on request of the PhD Tutor and/or of the Coordinator, must be an expert of the scientific field, and possibly, but not mandatorily, a Member of the PhD Teaching Board.
  2. Tutor and Research Advisor (if any) will jointly meet the PhD student periodically (at least twice a year, to have an indication) to check learning and scientific activity, to highlight the obtained results, to suggest possible corrections, and to track future directions. In consequence of these periodic meetings, Tutor and Research Advisor will produce minutes to be submitted to the PhD Coordinator and Teaching Board.
  3. PhD Students will be requested to produce a report to send to Tutor, Research Advisor (if any), Coordinator and Teaching Board in the final months of each year (e.g. it should be in September being the conclusion of each PhD year on October, 31st), structured as follows and covering all activities from the beginning of the PhD (i.e. the report at the 3rd year will cover the overall PhD):
    • Description of the Research Activity (maximum 4 pages)
    • Educational and Training Activity (including the official certificates of the exams)
      • Followed Courses and Seminars
      • Followed Schools
    • Your Publications (structured into Journals, magazines, book chapters, conferences)
    • Followed Conferences and Workshops (both presenting and not presenting papers)
    • Experience developed outside the University of Genoa during your PhD (either abroad or in Italy but not at the University of Genoa) specifying:
      • Activity developed (very short)
      • Period of time
      • Hosting institution/industry
    • Participation in Research Projects
      • Project Title and Description (very short)
      • Developed Activity in the Project
    • Awards and scientific recognitions
  4. After presenting the mentioned report, PhD students will be requested to present their research activity to the Coordinator, Tutor (who must produce consequent minutes better specified in the following; in this view this presentation may be one of the two annual meeting required between Tutor and Student), and, possibly, Research Advisor and Teaching Board.
  5. In consequence of the previous points the decision about the admission to the next year and to the final exam will be taken by the Teaching Board on the basis of:
    1. Report sent by the PhD Student; performed presentation; and consequent Tutor minutes, which must evidence (either by using more words or also synthetically, through evaluations such as: very good, good, fair, sufficient, insufficient,…): PhD Student contribution to the research; autonomy level; original developed ideas; provided interest; interaction skills; and overall obtained level.
    2. The scientific production of the PhD Student, which should have the following minimal features: I) one scientific paper proposed for the publication on international journal/magazine/book chapter/conference, agreed with Tutor and, if present, Research Advisor, possibly also considering the Italian evaluation level of publications, at the end of the second PhD year, to be admitted to the third year; II) one scientific paper published/accepted on international journal/magazine/book chapter/conference, agreed with Tutor and, if present, Research Advisor, possibly also considering the Italian evaluation level of publications, at the end of the third PhD year, to be admitted to the final exam.
  6. Concerning the final exam, at the end of the third year, the deadline to deliver the final version of your thesis is fixed indicatively for October 31st (the strict deadline will be communicated to the candidates). Your thesis, the report of your overall activity (see previous point 3), and the Tutor/Research Advisor minutes (see previous point 5a) will be evaluated by two external reviewers, not belonging to the University of Genoa and not participating in your PhD, indicatively by the end of the year. The reviewers will express an analytical written judgment on the thesis and will propose the admission to public discussion (to the final exam) through an accept/minor revision or will propose to postpone the exam of a period or not more than six months if they believe the thesis requires significant additions or corrections through a major revision. In case you should request the additional title of Doctor Europaeus you need to make a request to me by the end of September of the last year. The request can be processed only if you have spent, with the authorization of the Teaching Board, at least 3 months of your PhD in a research institution of the European Community outside Italy, obviously for research reasons and if it is not the main location of your PhD. In case you are admitted to the final exam (i.e. the opinion of the PhD Teaching Board and of the two reviewers is positive) you have about one month time (indicatively from the end of December to the end of January) to implement modifications to the thesis as suggested by the reviewers. The final deadline to deliver the final emended version is typically the end of January. Anyway all reported dates will be confirmed year by year. Please look at the documents at the web site https://unige.it/en/usg/en/phd-programmes and, in case of doubts, ask to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The final version of the thesis must be sent to the Coordinator and to the components of the final exam evaluation board that the Coordinator will communicate. The final exam should take place before the end of February.