Active PhD Courses

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Gabriele CENTI

e-mail: gabriele.centi@unime.it

telephone: +39 392 1992182

Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Earth Science

This PhD course is carried out in cooperation with Universities of Antwerp, Eindhoven University of Technology, participating in the project ERC Synergy SCOPE (Surface-Confined fast-modulated Plasma for process and Energy intensification in small molecules conversion; project No. 810182 funded by EU-H2020) which is coordinated by the University of Messina. Other foreign and Italian universities also participate in the Academic Board, also partners of the project SCOPE (UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, Australia; UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, United Kingdom) and the University of Calabria (Cosenza). The EUROPEAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CATALYSIS (AISBL-ERIC) based in Brussels (Belgium) also participates.

This PhD course is also an Industrial PhD in collaboration with NEXTCHEM industry, a company recently established by the Maire/Tecnimont group, a multinational company among the main ones in the sector, based in Italy.

Language: PhD students are required to have certified knowledge of English at level B2 pursuant to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which must be possessed at the time of enrollment. Additional courses are provided at Unime language acting as a home (Centro Linguistico di Ateneo at UNIME) both to improve knowledge of English and possibly the local language. 

For more information, click on:
https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/advanced-catalytic-processes-using-renewable-energy-sources 

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Michele GAETA

e-mail: michele.gaeta@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 221 3956

Department of Biomedical, Dental and Morphological and Functional Imaging Sciences

As part of the PhD in Bioengineering Applied to Medical Sciences, the topics of the program are addressed with reference to their application to health processes and respect for sustainability in production processes. The skills related to information technologies, robotics, sensors and materials will contribute to the development of PhD programmes focused on the design and testing of solutions that, starting from the possibility of having in real time a large amount of information from heterogeneous and distributed sources, have characteristics of dynamism, adaptability and self-organization that exceed the state of the art.

This PhD course is also an Industrial PhD in collaboration with SIFI and Medacta Companies, that carry out research and development activities.

Language: Some lessons and seminars will be held in English language.

For more information, click on:

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/bioingegneria-applicata-alle-scienze-mediche

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Nunziacarla SPANO’

e-mailnunziacarla.spano@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 5549 

Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

This PhD Course offers its PhD students the opportunity to collaborate with companies that carry out research and development activities. The University of Messina and SIFI have developed in synergy R&D activities within the project HIPPOCRATES_PON, experimenting and validating technologically, innovative systems, based on micro and nano technologies, aimed at ophthalmological applications. The synergy has also led to the development of a patent on “MICROEMULSION PLATFORM FOR TOPICAL DELIVERY OF DRUGS”. In addition, the final objective of the new project, called WATERFALL, in synergy with the Doctoral Course, aims at the development of a complete system of disease management that allows the customization of the surgical treatment of cataract pathology.

This PhD course is aso an Industrial PhD in collaboration with Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn” of Napoli and SIFI Company (R&D activities).

 Language: Some lectures and seminars will be held in English.

For more information, click on:

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/biologia-applicata-medicina-sperimentale

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Edoardo OTRANTO

e-mail: eotranto@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 4454

Department of Economics

This PhD course offers an internationally competitive training and research path. The aim is to create a stimulating environment for highly motivated students with adequate potential to undertake subsequent research activities both in academia and in national and international research institutes. The objectives are: to attract Italian and foreign students motivated and interested in carrying out advanced research activities, providing adequate theoretical and empirical skills to carry out research activities considered to be high profile from an international point of view. Develop the ability to conduct research individually and / or as members of international groups.

Language: Lectures and seminars will be held in English. The final thesis will also be written in English. During the admission exam the PhD students’ knowledge of the English language will be verified.

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/economics-management-statistics

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Vincenza CRUPI

e-mail: vincenza.crupi@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 5004

Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Earth Science

The PhD in Physics trains professional figures in various private sectors of industry, such as the sector of electronic components, optical and R&D. For years the PhD course actively collaborates with various companies by participating in national and international research projects, involving PhD students with the possibility of developing research themes for the thesis work of common interest. In particular, with the DTSMNS, a significant part of the project activities resulted in the publication of articles in international scientific journals. In recent years, a consolidated collaboration has been established with STMicroelectronics focused on issues concerning the
reliability of new devices for sustainable mobility. Finally, with SIFI, R&D activities have developed in the context of projects, experimenting and validating from a technological point of view, innovative systems, based on micro and Nano technologies, aimed at ophthalmological
applications.

This PhD course is also an Industrial Industrial PhD in collaboration with Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro
e Nano Sistemi S.C.A.R.L., STMicroelectronics S.r.l. and SIFI company.

Language:  Training activities in English are provided, mainly aimed at facilitating the drafting of the final thesis in English and at encouraging the numerous international scientific collaborations typical of the PhD course. These linguistic skills will also favor the display of research results both in oral form (international congresses / schools) and in writing (drafting of any international research projects and research products).

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/fisica

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Gaetano BOSURGI

e-mail: gaetano.bosurgi@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 397 7160

Department of Engineering

This PhD course, with an international vocation, in “Civil, environmental and safety engineering” represents the natural completion of the study courses. In particular, the training objectives are aimed at advancing knowledge:
– design, management, control, security and monitoring of civil and industrial infrastructures and structures that interact with the environment and the territory; – basic sciences, complex technologies and systems at the service of the civil and environmental engineering sector, production of energy from renewable sources and new materials. The aim of the training is to transfer knowledge on specific subjects of civil, environmental and safety engineering to train highly specialized figures capable of dealing with complex research or application problems. For the interdisciplinary of the topics, the PhD is organized in training courses, with general and specialist courses, aimed at the transfer of the basic knowledge of each disciplinary area, during the 1st year and the development of specific research topics, thesis subject. doctorate, during the 2nd and 3rd year. The training will be completed by experiences at the laboratories of the Departments of the congress centers and with research periods abroad at prestigious international institutions.

Language: It is planned to organize, in line with the other curricula and other University doctorates, the linguistic improvement activities provided for by article 4, paragraph 1, lett. f of Unime PhD regulations. However, all PhD students will be encouraged to take the exams that allow them to obtain internationally recognized certificates.

For more information, click on:

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/ingegneria-civile-ambientale-della-sicurezza

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Giovanni NERI

e-mail: giovanni.neri@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 5297

Department of Engineering

The objective of the industrial PhD course in Engineering and Chemistry of Materials and Construction is to train qualified professional figures, oriented to the world of research, businesses, governmental, national and international institutions. The training objective of the project transversally includes the strategic sectors of engineering and chemistry, through multidisciplinary
research that favors innovation and the development of new products and processes. The agreement with STMicroelectronics, the multinational world leader in the field of semiconductors, devices and processes for microelectronics, is specifically addressed in the “Environmental sensors” area whose training objective is to provide technical and methodological skills with high innovative content in this sector, combining theoretical scientific aspects and in particular design aspects, with particular reference to the current requests for monitoring and control devices for sustainable innovation and
environmental protection.

Language:It is planned to organize linguistic specialization activities in agreement with the other doctorates of the University. However, all PhD students will be encouraged to take the exams that allow them to obtain internationally recognized certificates. PhD students will also find themselves carrying out research and in-depth studies on bibliographic sources in English, expressing themselves in international conferences and writing reports and technical-scientific papers in English.

For more information, click on:

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/ingegneria-chimica-materiali-costruzioni

PhD  Coordinator: Prof. Paola DUGO

e-mail:  pdugo@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 6541

Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

The agreement with companies (which carry out R&D activities) operating in sectors of strategic importance for what are the job opportunities of the PhD course in Chemical Sciences, will be able to contribute and train young PhD students in a specific way, by implementing the possibilities of entering the workplace in not only local, but national and/or international level. The Chromaleont, Spectra and Procter & Gamble companies offer PhD students high skills in the field of analytical chemistry applied to different sectors (environmental, pharmaceutical, agro-food), cutting-edge instrumentation and the possibility of international research.

Language: The training  of this PhD course provides for the improvement of language skills, also encouraging periods of stay abroad (typically, six months on average for each student) in research laboratories of interest.

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-chimiche

 PhD Coordinator: Prof. Alessandra FALZONE

e-mail:  alessandra.falzone@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 5123

Department of Cognitive Science, Education and Cultural Studies

The PhD course offers broad-spectrum training starting from the cognitive turn. Cognitive sciences are in fact a field of study that does not refer to specific sectors but to research areas responding to complex and intrinsically multidisciplinary problems. The unitary object of study is the nature and functioning of the mind in any natural or artificial system, but it is investigated here by a multiplicity of approaches. Philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science and the analysis of georeferenced data, constitute the architraves of classical cognitivism. More recently it has extended to social and territorial sciences, and to those of evolution, producing new disciplines such as biogeography and cultural geography, biopolitics, bioethics, neuroeconomics, neuroaesthetics, cognitive ethology, neuropedagogy: all objects of the doctoral training proposed here. More than in a set of contents, cognitive sciences are recognized in an interdisciplinary method based on the integration between the rigor of natural and technological sciences and the breadth of the interpretative spectrum of human sciences, adopted as the fundamental training objective of the PhD course. The division into two curricula (philosophical-naturalistic and technological-social) coherent for the content and methodological horizon outlines a training framework entirely congruent with the ERC SH4 sector “The Human Mind and its complexity: cognition, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and education “.

Language: The course’s training path provides for the improvement of language skills, also encouraging periods of stay abroad (typically, six months on average for each PhD student) in research laboratories of interest. Pathways for the acquisition of language skills, for the visualization
and writing of research results. In detail:
-specific workshops (Italian and/or English with support of native
speakers) at levels of advancement; initiatives are also promoted in
connection with other research centers
-training in scientific English and its use in the main online
bibliographic databases (e.g. SBA, PubMed)
-stays abroad for research and linguistic improvement

For more information, click on:

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-cognitive

 PhD Coordinator: Prof. Concetta PARRINELLO

e-mail:  concetta.parrinello@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 8681

Department of Law

This PhD course offers trainees highly specialized training in the scientific disciplinary fields of reference specific to each curriculum, through a critical analysis and careful examination of the doctrinal orientations and solutions adopted by internal and supranational jurisprudence.
The course proposes a training approach aimed at acquiring theoretical and methodological skills not only in relation to the individual areas, with a view to enhancing the specific features of the individual sectors (private, commercial, constitutional, criminal, internationalist and EU, administrative, historical -philosophical), but in a multidisciplinary and transversal perspective in order to train culturally ready research doctors, capable of successfully entering the professional world, even at national and supranational institutions.
Beyond content training, the transmission of a rigorous legal method will allow trainees to acquire the appropriate tools for the interpretation and application of multilevel rules. PhD training is enriched by linguistic specialization courses. Participation in a computer course that allows doctoral students to carry out research in the legal field is also envisaged through the use of databases.

Language: This Course offers a linguistic improvement with lessons concerning also the critical examination of judgments (in language) of the CJEU, the ECtHR and American Courts; the results of the research may be published in a collective volume. The didactic and seminar activities may be in English. Research stays abroad contribute to linguistic improvement. Language training includes 3 credits per year (18 hours per course year).

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dipartimenti/giurisprudenza/post-laurea/dottorati-di-ricerca

 PhD Coordinator: Prof. Giuseppe BOTTARO

e-mail:  giuseppe.bottaro@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 6021

Department of Political and Legal Sciences

This PhD course was born from the awareness that only a multidisciplinary approach, typical of Political Sciences, can provide adequate tools and methodologies of knowledge, orientation and interpretation of the articulated nuances that characterize the complexity of the contemporary political world in its different and varied dimensions, in continuous and fast evolution. The educational objectives of the course are to provide doctoral students with an easily expendable training in research sectors and national and international institutions, to integrate a solid theoretical-conceptual preparation with the mastery of research methodologies, including the conscious use of the languages of European Union, to foster the ability to interpret the problems and transformations of contemporary society in an innovative way.

Language: The activity includes training courses that are organized around language skills. During the PhD course a significant part of lectures and seminars will be held in a foreign language. Oral communication and the presentation of research results (presentation of research projects), as well as the drafting of the main writing genres related to the research (report, essay, journal article, monograph) may take place in a foreign language.

For more information, click on:

 https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-politiche

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Caterina MALTA

e-mail:  caterina.malta@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 6218

Department of ancient and modern civilizations

The aim of this PhD course is to train scholars with highly qualified specialist research tools in line with the most advanced international research, with a wide and synergistic offer capable of high-level employment effects. The curriculum of ancient and modern Philology provides, for classical languages and literature and ancient and modern Italian literature, skills necessary for a study of texts on the philological, historical-linguistic, critical-literary level, applicable to different professional fields: such as: research, teaching secondary schools, publishing, journalism. The curriculum of Anthropology and history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age provides for a competitive training in teaching and research, on the topics: territory and its transformations based on anthropological and socio-cultural dynamics, historical roots of Europe, incidence of political and religious factors on modernity , interculturality and identity through narrative forms of certain social groups. The curriculum of Archeology and ancient history trains qualified professionals, active at managerial and research level in the regional and Mediterranean context, capable of managing knowledge, conservation, enhancement of BC. The Philosophy curriculum trains qualified researchers in the whole range of philosophical disciplines, in historical and theoretical perspectives, on the topics: philosophy of complexity, geophilosophy., Biopolitics, bioethics, philosophy and science.

Language: Language training will be favored by contact with scholars from foreign universities, with the possibility of seminars in a foreign language. The PhD course will leverage the research collaborations it has with foreign institutions and universities. For the writing of the thesis, a 1 month stay abroad at Institutions and Bibl is foreseen. more suitable, during which the student can take language courses.

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-umanistiche

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Rosaria LAURA’

e-mail:  rosaria.laura@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 676 6834

Department of Veterinary

This PhD course is aimed at training researchers with integrated knowledge of essential tools and basic skills of veterinary sciences through different experimental activities according to interdisciplinary criteria. They will have to master in terms of autonomy and ability to solve problems in different application contexts. The course provides basic training, followed by a progressive ability to plan, organize and complete a specific research program that results in a doctoral thesis relating to the training program.

Language:  The training activity will be carried out in Italian and English. In the 1st year there is a specific teaching module of “English” (level B1) with an in-depth study of scientific English. Through the CLAM, the learning of a second language will be encouraged, prior to stays at foreign locations. The PhD student will be asked to improve communication skills through seminars in English, hospitality of foreign professors and participation in international conferences.

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-veterinarie

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Gaetano CARAMORI

e-mail:  gaetano.caramori@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 221 7375

Department of Biomedical, Dental and Morphological and Functional Sciences

The aim of this PhD course is to provide qualified training on the topics of current international research in the fields of Biotechnology and Medical-Surgical Sciences and in the interdisciplinary areas connected to them. The PhD course is with industrial characterization thanks to the agreements with 2 companies in the Health sector such as L.C. Laboratories Campisi srl and Istituto Oncologico del Mediterraneo (IOM) Spa, these agreements will allow PhD students to attend these facilities in order to carry out part of their research. L.C. Laboratori Campisi srl will finance a PhD scholarship with a specific research project to be carried out at their headquarters. Another position without scholarship will be reserved for a PhD student of IOM Spa, a company engaged in highly qualified activities for a specific research project to be carried out at the IOM company.

Language: The official language of this PhD course is English and both the communications to the PhD students and the didactic activities will be provided in English. The specific linguistic abilities of the PhD students will be evaluated during the initial selection and the annual report of their activities must be in the language English. Finally, their skills will be further implemented by promoting research periods in foreign institutions.

For more information, click on: 

https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/translational-molecular-medicine-and-surgery