Study plan for the academic year 2021/2022

List of courses / activities for the first year

Statistics | I Term (Geo, Mat, Stat) | M. Geraci 3
Probability | I Term (Geo, Mat, Stat) | B. Liseo 3
Mathematics | I Term (Mat, Stat) | G. Stabile 3
Microeconomics | I Term (Mat, Stat) | L. Panaccione & C.P. Parello 3
Macroeconomics | I Term (Mat, Stat) | M. Di Pietro & F. Nucci 3
Econometrics | I Term (Geo, Mat, Stat) | F. Bloise & V. Patella 3
Multivariate Statistics with R | II Term | N. Deliu 3
Computational Tools for Finance | II Term | I. Oliva 3
Development Economics | II Term | P. Montalbano 3
Economics Geography | II Term | Celata-Ascani-Coletti-Di Feliciantonio-Martellozzo-Randelli-Sanna 3
Statistical Modelling for the Economy | II Term | A. Cerqua & G. Pellegrini 3
Finance - Theory and Applications | II Term | S. Bianchi 3
Methods of Evaluation | II Term | A. Cerqua & G. Pellegrini 3
Spatial Data Visualization Analysis and Mapping | II Term | Celata-Caramaschi-Corona-Martellozzo-Salvati-Sciabolazza 3
Research Methods In Macroeconomics | II Term | E. Beqiraj, M. Di Pietro, S. Nisticò 3
Research Methods in Microeconomics | II Term | Attanasi-Cosma-Panaccione-Papa 3
Research Methods in Macroeconometrics | II Term | Tancioni-D'Imperio-Lucidi-Patella 3
Research Methods in Microeconometrics | II Term | Belloc-Naticchioni-Subioli 3
Public Policy Analysis | I Term (Geo) | E. d'Albergo & G. Moini 3
Social Research Methods | II Term | Giancola-Iezzi-Argentin-Reale 3
Spaces and Cultures in Contemporary Societies | II Term | Galdini-Fassari-Melcangi-d’Albergo-Moini 3
Spatial Econometrics | III Term | B. Martini 3
Bayesian Statistics | III Term | M. Peruggia 3
Introduction to Calculus of Variations and to Optimal Control Theory | III Term | S. Patrì 3
Financial Risk Modeling and Forecasting Using Quantile Regression Methods | III Term | L. Merlo 3
Networks, Complex Networks and Problems of Decision-Making on Networks | III Term | F. Ricca 3
Computational Tools for Statistics | II Term | A. Arcagni 3

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Syllabus for the courses are here on the right in the 'Insight' menu.
The courses are organized in collaboration with the PhD School in Economics of La Sapienza, with the PhD in Economics, and with the PhD Social and Economic Sciences. Each of the three curricula has a specific courses' schedule.
The study plan for the first year includes a third term, where courses are more specific and seminar-oriented, and are chosen by each individual PhD student among those organized by the PhD and by the PhD School in Economics, as well as by other PhDs, both in Sapienza and in other universities.

Method of choosing the subject of the thesis

During the first year, each PhD student is assigned with a tutor, chosen among the Scientific board. Together with the tutor, the PhD student identifies a research topic and one or more than one supervisors, both within and outside the Scientific board.

Admission to the second year

The PhD student must pass - at least - the exams of the core courses.
For the curricula in Mathematics and Statistics, the core courses are: Statistics, Probability, Mathematics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics.
For the curriculum in Geography, the core courses are: Statistics, Probability, Econometrics, Economic Geography, Spatial Data Analysis.

List of courses / activities for the second year

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During the second year there is not a fixed course's schedule, but PhDs participate in teaching activities of various sorts, both in Sapienza and elsewhere. More in general, attendance to scientific events such as conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., or training, courses, labs, summer schools or institutes, etc., in other universities or departments, is warmly welcome. PhD students are free to choose the activities that are the most appropriate to their research.

Method of preparation of the thesis

In the second year, the topic for the thesis is already outlined and PhD students develop it in collaboration with their supervisors and with other faculties.
To conduct part of the PhD research abroad is highly recommended. This normally takes place during the second year or at the very beginning of the third year, and should be planned in advance. In some cases, a Joint PhD (“tesi in co-tutela”) agreement can be established. When the PhD research is carried out partially abroad, with a stay of no less than three months in a different EU member state, the supervisors are no less than two and affiliated to two European universities in different EU States from where the thesis is discussed, the PhD student can obtain the title of “Doctor Europaeus”.
In all cases, the first step is to establish a personal contact with a faculty and ask his/her willingness to facilitate the visiting and co-supervise at least part of the research.
A necessary pre-requisite is to have a clear and solid outline of the research project - which must be fully in line with the current research interests of the hosting faculty and department - and a clear idea about the specific parts of the research that will be conducted during the visiting.

Admission to the third year

Admission to the third year is assessed on the basis of the progress of the PhD research. To this end, a workshop is organized every year where all second and third year PhD students present their research.

List of courses / activities for the third year

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As for the second year, the third year does not include a structured courses' schedule, but PhD students participate in various types of training activities, both at Sapienza and elsewhere, as well as attend and present their research in conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, summer schools, both in Italy and especially abroad.

Method of admission to the final examination

Admission to the final exam is based on the evaluation of the thesis. To this end, the supervisor(s) submits an evaluation form, and a workshop is held in which the entire College participates.
The PhD research can be submitted as either a ‘book’, or in the form of at least three research articles. The articles must be submitted before the end of the 3rd year to international peer-reviewed scientific journals, preferably indexed by the Web of Science and/or Scopus. If the articles are not published yet by the end of the third year, the supervisor should guarantee that the articles are solid enough to be publishable, and this must be confirmed by the external reviewers. Coherence among the chapters/articles is compulsory in any case. In both cases, the submission of articles to scientific journals is strongly recommended.

Final examination

The results of the above mentioned workshop, together with the supervisor/s' report, contribute to the decision to admit or not the candidate to the final defense of the thesis.
The thesis is then sent to two external reviewers who establish if and when the thesis can be discussed in front of the final commission, and after which revisions and changes.

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