Ph.D. students are required to take courses proposed by the Committee (see above and attached) and may supplement their education with electives from among the institutional courses provided for the master's and doctoral degrees held at Sapienza or other university sites.
In addition, doctoral students are strongly encouraged to attend the numerous seminars taught by internal faculty and researchers from Italy and abroad that are held each year in the Department of Earth Sciences.
These seminars, however, cannot be scheduled well in advance because they are part of scientific collaborative activities, national and international projects, study days of societies and informal groups in the fields of Earth Sciences, Environment and Cultural Heritage.
Method of choosing the subject of the thesis
Each doctoral student proposes his or her own original research project through a written report and an oral presentation to the faculty. In the presentation, the following should be clear and distinct: objectives, state of the art, experimental activities, expected results, innovation from the state of the art, teaching activities, international mobility, and timetable.
The Teachers' Board evaluates the project, suggests changes, approves it, and proposes a supervisor (Guiding Teacher) in charge of following up on the proper progress of the project as it is being implemented.
Admission to the second year
At the end of the first year, each doctoral student submits a written report and an oral presentation containing a summary of his or her activities (teaching and research) and achievements during the year to the Teachers' Board. The Guiding Lecturer in parallel sends the College a brief assessment of the doctoral student's activities and behavior. The College of Teachers evaluates the research and teaching activities carried out and the results achieved with respect to the project presented at the initial stage and proposes, in case of positive outcome of the evaluation, admission to the following year.