Education


Educational objectives
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.
Cross-listed offerings
Classes, Colloquia, Distinguished lectures.
PhD programmes
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 Cultural Heritage and Territory (last activated in 2013)
This doctorate has the didactic purpose of giving the students the theoretical and practical knowledge that is necessary to the scientific side of a research, with particular attention to the results that are obtained in the chosen field of investigation and to the mastery of the problems connected to the scientific work. That is why it aims at developing the student’s ability at recognising and processing the sources of investigation that are available. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to use the computer, both in the phase of acquisition and elaboration of the data (by means of GIS maps, charts and tables, that are proper, for example, to the branches of Geography and Archaeology) and in the phase of the studying itself, in particular for students of the Historical-Artistic area, who need to visit the web sites of Cultural Institutions and Auction Houses.
The periodical seminars with tutors, board and Ph.D. teachers, external lecturers (not only Italian) and colleagues will lead the students to the improvement of their methodological perspectives and to the optimization of their results; the students will thus get used to interdisciplinary exchange, as in the doctorate there are historical, artistic, geographical, economical, chemical-physical and juridical topics (some themes of economical and chemical interests have been included because they are helpful to the dealing of the Artistic Heritage).
In the seminars, proper audio-visual material (such as slides, tracings, PowerPoint presentations) will be used in order to let the students get acquainted with the techniques of the scientific research, that are essential in the organization and the spreading of the results, even though not yet complete.
PhD in English Studies (last cycle activated in 2013)
The PhD in English Studies at the PhD School in Humanities is based on connected scientific-regulations sectors that have common references to the Englishes and culture of the United Kingdom, United States and other Anglophone countries. It focuses on investigating the fundamental aspects of communications in its linguistic, cultural and literary spheres, with a special homogeneity given by the affinity in the topics and methods used by the teachers and researchers involved. The training for the students aims at specifying, in the three-year period, research aims and methods in the three fields mentioned above, linguistic-theoretical method formulation, including the wide field that these studies into global English have fallen in. While the student is carrying out an in depth study of theory, semantics and psycholinguistics, he or she will also be involved in application type research workshops, with special focus on problems involved with specialised teaching and learning of the English language in the various European, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other anglophone varieties in Africa and Asia. Students will progressively acquire a certain scientific method with regards the theory and translation practices, along with the linguistic-cultural mediation given by the constantly increasing impact of English as lingua franc or L2; acquiring a flexible and increasingly sophisticated research method addressed to type investigation of the single, albeit connected, cultures in the English language world; identifying the specific nature of its literature and light literature in a diachronic and synchronic key; towards a pondered review of the theory-practice of the genres, including in their metaliterature and post-modern production; towards a more in-depth study of the interaction of cultural phenomena (literature and theatre, cinema, TV, science, philosphy, figurative arts, music, fashion and custom, folklore) constantly and critically exploiting the indispensible contribution of the knowledge given by the theories of Anglo-American literature.
PhD in Foreign Literatures and Literary Studies (last cyle activated in 2013)
This PhD programme is intended for graduate students wishing to deepen their understanding of modern literature, philology, and other literary disciplines, working with a markedly comparative and interdisciplinary method. The aim of the course is to build on basic knowledge within these disciplines and to acquire the methodology, and the theoretical and applicative skills which are necessary for doing advanced research in the literary field, so as to use them also in teaching and professional areas.
PhD in History and Anthropology (last activated in 2013)
Aim of the doctoral program is the acquisition of the methodological tools and the techniques of enquiry which are required in order to produce high-profile research in the fields of history and anthropology, with particular interest for the social history of the ancient world, of medieval civilization, of the modern period, and of cultural and social anthropology. It is intended as a natural prosecution and further stage of academic development for the main master’s courses within the humanities. Lectures and seminars will be specifically designed for doctoral students, partly in connection with courses taught for master degrees: individual and team research will be conducted in archives and libraries, museums and archaeological sites visited, as well as field research, research travel in Italy and abroad, in connection with the writing of the final dissertation or with the purpose of attending courses at Italian or foreign research institutes. For cycles of lectures and seminars, highly qualified scholars, both Italian and international, will be invited, thus stimulating students on methodological and historiographical issues. Further seminars are organized together with other Italian or international doctorates operating in the same disciplinary fields. The program promotes the development of a cooperation with national and international universities and research centres: such cooperation is regulated by ad hoc agreements, via international programs, the mutual acknowledgment of doctoral qualification, co-tutoring, student and lecturer exchange, third party financing of projects involving national and international partner institutions. With the help of tutors and advisors, the board of lecturers will supervise the implementation of the individual research projects
PhD in Linguistics (last activated in 2013)
To ensure the acquisition of the competences necessary to undertake scientific research in the field of linguistics in its historical, theoretical and applied perspectives, with specific attention to the languages of Europe, both modern and ancient. In particular, the basic knowledge, which is assumed to have already been acquired, will be completed in the areas listed below, and in one of them a deeper understanding at an advanced level will be specifically reached: theoretical linguistics (also in its historical perspective), historical and/or synchronic description of one or more European languages or of their dialects, typology of linguistic contact and of language and culture conflicts, processes of second language acquisition, problems of language teaching, clinical application of theoretical linguistics.
http://fermi.univr.it/Lingphd
PhD in Literature and Philology (last activated in 2013)
The doctoral (PhD) course is meant for graduate students wishing to deepen their understanding of modern literature, philology, and other literary disciplines, working with a markedly comparative and interdisciplinary method. The aim of the course is to build on basic knowledge within these disciplines and to acquire the methodology, and the theoretical and applicative skills which are necessary for doing advanced research in the literary field, so as to use them also in teaching and professional areas.
Didactic offer
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