International PhD in
Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics
This course is aimed at providing experimental and theoretical tools to allow a deep understanding of the open problems in the physical processes occurring in the Universe. The course is cross-disciplinary, being widely recognized that no any advance in the understanding the Universe is possible without the cooperation of different disciplines, from the elementary particle physics to nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology, each with its own approaches and computational tools.
The course is preparing students for academic positions, research activities in Observatories and Laboratories, high-technology Industries.
In the first year, students attend core courses, advanced workshops, and seminars. At the end of the year, the student performance is assessed by the Doctorate Academic Board through written and oral reports, and a colloquium. Positive assessment is condition to progress to the second year. The student chooses his/her research topic. The supervisors of the research work are appointed by the Academic Board.
In the second year, the student draws up the research project, carries out the research work, and attends selected workshops and seminars on topics relevant to the research project. This year is largely spent abroad, normally at one or two partner universities and institutions. The supervisor's positive assessment of the research work is condition to advancement to third year.
In the third year, the student completes the research work, and writes down the doctoral dissertation. Dissertation should give an original and significant contribution to the knowledge and explanation of a controversial issue in the field of nuclear and particle astrophysics.
Coursework extends to activities aimed at enhancing the student knowledge on emergent matters in science, and ability to independent research working, scientific reasoning, data collection, and research output presentation. These activities encompass:
- "In-depth Enquiry Workshops" organized by the Doctorate Academic Board in harmony with student research interests. External experts act as speakers and resource-persons; students as paper-givers and discussants;
- active participation of the PhD students as paper-givers and discussants in scientific conferences;
- association of the PhD students to research projects directed by the Faculty members and external scholars;
- participation in advanced courses and workshops at other scientific institutions.