The distinctive character of graduate education at the doctoral level is education through research. Graduate students learn analytical abilities, experimental methods and frame of mind that enable them to advance knowledge and solve frontier problems in their discipline, so that they can undertake careers in research (at universities, public laboratories or companies), or bring to whichever profession they choose the spirit of discovery and risk-taking nurtured by research. In addition to the classes offered within each doctoral program, the Graduate School offers cross-listed seminars and lectures, open to all students enrolled in its doctoral programs.
Classes, Colloquia, Distinguished lectures.
The doctorate (PhD) is the III level of studies, after the "laurea" (Bachelor) and the "laurea specialistica/magistrale" (Master). Its objective is education through research. Admission is limited and based on merit.
PhD in Economic History (last intake in 2013)
The purpose of the doctoral programme is to offer candidates a methodological knowledge that will enable them to deal with economic dualism and social changes in Western Europe during the modern and contemporary ages, even if for specific issues and areas. Work for the dissertation will introduce candidates to a microcosm paving the way for a broader understanding of the macrocosm. In particular, research and discussion with the members of the faculty will allow candidates to master the economic and social mechanics that underlay the European evolution from the 16th through the 20th century. During this training ? leading to the preparation and defence of the dissertation ? the doctoral candidates will address historical demography and the analysis of the agrarian structures, with specific reference to the distribution of the estates, to the forms of management and production, as well as to markets. Attention will be also paid to the examination of the dynamics by which the transition from the commercial-agrarian equilibrium to its industrial counterpart took place. Emphasis will be placed on how imbalance and dualism in the rural world affected and deeply influenced the development of the manufacturing sector. Successful candidates will select a topic for their dissertations after reviewing available sources in a State archive with the advice of their tutors. Every two or three months, they will submit to the coordinator of the doctoral programme papers incorporating their work undertaken under the supervision of their tutors. Such papers will eventually become part of the dissertation after due revisions. The coordinator will distribute the papers to all the members of the faculty. Each of the latter will offer remarks and suggestions, either orally or in writing, in order to improve the papers. As a result of this cross-checking process, supervision over the work of the doctoral candidates will be extensive and effective.
PhD in Economics and Business Administration (last activated in 2013)
The Doctorate focuses on:
- supplying solid methodological basis in approaching scientific researches in the field of business economics and governance of the enterprise;
- offering the possibility to deepen specific research areas developed in the Doctorate Department or in other linked Doctorates;
- introducing an international comparison within the topics of research of the specific interest areas of students
- developing advanced knowledge in business economics and governance of the enterprise, for the academic career or management role in companies and financial institutions.
The Doctorate consists of specific seminaries, workshops, periods of studies in national and international organizations, in order to facilitate the creation of research groups and the acquisition of teaching capabilities
PhD in Economics and Finance (last intake in 2013)
The Doctoral Programme in Economics and Finance at the University of Verona aims at providing analytical and theoretical tools needed to successfully undertake research activities at an advanced level in the fields of Economics and Finance. Graduates from this programme will be able to compete successfully for research positions in universities and other research institutions and to be employed as economic and financial consultants in public agencies and private companies.
The coursework is structured in two different phases:
- In the first phase (relative to the first year), students attend core courses in both economics and finance. This initial step intends to complete the basic background of students in the fields of finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative methods. The teaching staff also includes visiting professors from foreign universities entertaining exchange relationships with the University and visiting professors. Participants are also required to attend a series of seminars and research workshops, covering topics that are at the cutting edge of recent developments in many different areas of economics and finance.
- In the second phase (relative to the following two years) students are expected to deepen their knowledge in their research fields and complete their doctoral dissertation. In this phase students are encouraged to conduct part of their dissertation research at leading foreign universities and a co-tutorship with these partners universities is also encouraged. Participation in international workshops and conferences is recommended and financially supported.
The internationalization programme, financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research and the University of Verona, has lead in the recent years to exchange agreements with the universities of Essex, York, Wisconsin, Cergy-Pontoise, Cyprus, Oviedo and Campinas. Some of these agreements are currently under renewal. Also within this programme several leading visiting professors have been invited to teach our doctoral students.
A partial list of visiting professors in the past academic year includes: Bert Balk (Erasmus U), Pranab Bardhan (UC Berkeley), Edmund Cannon (U Bristol), Louis Eeckhoudt (CORE), Neal Gandal (Tel Aviv U), Gur Huberman (Columbia Business School), Miltiadis Makris (U Leicester), Dilip Mookherjee (Boston U), John Weymark (Vanderbilt U).
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