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The Phd Course in Historical, Geographical and Anthropological Studies is an advanced course of study and research that promotes the development of original and innovative research, enhancing an interdisciplinary perspective and building on skills and excellence developed by the departments collaborating in the Phd Programme: the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World (Dissgea) of the University of Padua, the Department of Humanities (DSU) and the Department of Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Studies (DSLCC) of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Since the XXXVI cycle (2020-21) this Programme covers a 4-year period. At the end of the course, Phd students discuss an original research thesis. Successful candidates are awarded the title of Doctor of Research and receive a diploma awarded jointly by the Rectors of both Universities.

The Phd Programme is developed in three curricula:

Historical studies

The curriculum is particularly dedicated to the History of European societies, providing the opportunity for in-depth studies...

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Geographical studies

The curriculum explores natural and anthropogenic aspects of space in their essential interconnection...

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Historical-religious and anthropological studies

The curriculum proposes to develop research on complex cultural and social phenomena and transformations...

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Each student is assigned one or more supervisors who lead the development of his/her research and the preparation of the final thesis. During the first three years, seminars and other compulsory teaching activities are planned. During the second and third year, PhD students have the opportunity to spend a period abroad at other universities or research institutions. The period abroad is funded through a 50% increase in the monthly scholarship.
At the end of the fourth year, the results achieved through research activities are discussed in the final thesis. The Thesis is assessed by the Academic Board: if it receives a positive evaluation, it is submitted to the assessment of two external experts. If they also express a positive evaluation, the Thesis is discussed during the final exam before a Board of Italian and foreign professors who are experts in the subject at issue.
For more information go to the International PhD Guide