The evaluation of the learning activities organized by the PhD programme is carried out at the end of the course/seminar through a test chosen by the lecturer. Only PhD students passing the test will obtain the credits.
The evaluation of Phd students’ scientific activities will take place after the presentation of their yearly reports; both the written and the oral reports will be marked.
a) Phd students reports
While attending the PhD programme, Phd students must present a written report every six months. Phd students are furthermore required to present the results of their project through a yearly, oral presentation.
The reports presented every six months are considered as progress reports and therefore are not subject to an evaluation. The yearly reports are assessed by the Teaching Committee. They must summarize the annual progress and development of the project and must be organized according to the scheme used for oral presentations. Written reports must be undersigned by the Tutor.
Each Phd student is required to attend oral presentations by other students of the same cycle. Through the attendance of oral presentations (including oral reports of students of other cycles) Phd students will obtain the foreseen number of credits. When abroad to work on their project, PhD students can make their presentations via videoconferencing. Videoconferencing is, however, not admitted for the last year report (leading to admission to the final examination).
1st year: Brief report (lasting up to a maximum of 15 minutes) about the educational activities attended and the research activities carried out during the year. Candidates must summarize the state of the art of their research topics and present the main lines of their scientific projects. Candidates must specify the technical and methodological approaches to be used, and how the educational activities already carried out or still to be carried out are relevant for their research project goals. Preliminary results can be provided, if available.
2nd year: Report on the progresses of the research project (lasting maximum 20 minutes). After mentioning the background and the used methodologies, candidates must present the obtained results. Results must consistently support the feasibility of the project. Candidates will then describe the future developments, and show how these are going to be integrated into the project.
3rd year: The report is organized as a 30 minutes’ length seminar. The results obtained during the four years of the Phd programme are discussed and assessed in relation to the logical development of the project, to their consistency and originality, and to their relation to international literature.
All people attending oral reports may participate to the discussion. The members of the Teaching Committee may test the level of competence acquired by the candidate, with regard both to general issues and to the technical and methodologies aspects related to the research project.
Teachers are expected to assess also:
- Background (scientific skills and ability to contextualize the research subject adequately);
- Description of the project (ability to go deeply into the research project);
- Methodological aspects (fairness of choice and execution of the techniques used, correct use of
- Communication and conciseness skills (quality of the presentation);
- Respect of time scheduling (the presentation must respect the required length and be balanced in all
of its parts);
- Logical development of the project (how the abovementioned issues integrate within the PhD
programme progress, and how candidates discuss their work within the scientific context);
- Ability to answer questions and requests for further information by the present.
The Teaching Committee preliminarily examines the written biannual reports, and assesses both the written and oral yearly written reports.
The report presentations are attended by the Head of the PhD Programme and by other 6-7 teachers representing the Teaching Committee and of all areas and subjects included in the Phd Programme.
If necessary, upon proposal by the PhD Programme Head or by a member of the Teaching Committee, an external component with a consultative role may participate. Such a component can be a member of either private, public or non-university research bodies.