PhD Programme in Computer Science

 
Degree: PhD
University: Free University of Bozen Bolzano , Faculty: Computer Science
City: Bolzano , Country: Italy
Discipline: Natural Sciences
 
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  • Start Date of Studies October
  • Admission deadline 1st Session 09.04; 2nd Session 20.08
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The PhD Programme lasts three years and the official language of the programme is English. PhD students are expected to work full-time on their research. During the PhD, it is advisable to spend a period of 6-12 months at a National or International research center.

    Candidates are strongly advised to contact their desired research centers at the Faculty of Computer Science before applying. This way, they can obtain a clear idea of the specific research carried out at the Faculty.

    The Selection Committee selects PhD students based on a comparative assessment of the qualification of applicants, taking into account also feedback from potential supervisors, especially those who have grants available to support the PhD students, and determines the winners based on the merits of each candidate.

    The Selection Committee also selects those candidates who are qualified to start a PhD program at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, but who cannot be admitted for lack of space. Should a selected winner not accept the position, such candidates will be next in line for the position.

    It is expected that students are able to write and speak fluently in English.

    Career Prospects

    The current Information Technology job market requires specialists, advisors and researchers with technical training in the field who are capable of working in a competitive international field.

    The goal of the doctorate programme is to train scientists with solid expertise as researchers and specialists to work both in the academic field and in the IT sector.

    A short overview of some career possibilities for specialists with a Doctorate in Computer Science follows below:

    • University Researcher/Professor: Understanding of scientific topics, both in theory and practice, as well as the ability to find independent ideas and solutions for scientific problems are critical to this job description. The capacity of scientific communication, both written and verbal, is fundamental for high quality instruction and effective dissemination of research findings. In addition, a Doctor of Computer Science must take on a responsibility for the organisation of research projects in the field, for activity planning and coordination of work by students and researchers.
    • Researcher in the IT Sector: A Doctor of Computer Science, as in an academic setting, will find high demand for his or her technical knowledge and expertise in scientific research, communication and the organisation of research work.
    • Business Consultant, particularly in the IT Sector: In this field, the Doctor of Computer Science makes use of his or her training in problem solving, even in fields outside the purely technical ones. The Doctor of Computer Science plays a crucial role in finding means to solve problems in areas lacking structure. In such cases, a problem-solving approach must be developed for each individual case, relying on advanced modelling techniques.
    • Management in the IT Sector: As an industrial manager, the Doctor of Computer Science performs complex tasks in project activity in the field of IT consultation. In addition to management qualities, technical expertise is necessary in order to guide decision-making in the proper direction and to solve problems in various areas.
    • Entrepreneur in the IT Sector: In this field, the Doctor of Computer Science uses his or her ability to work independently, as well as to co-ordinate and manage others work. Comprehensive technical expertise in data processing provides inestimable advantages over the competition.

 
 
 

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