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Info 2023/2024

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Admission to the PhD Course is subject to an entry examination, which is typically announced each year in spring. Exact information and details are published on the dedicated webpage that contains the list of courses, number of available PhD positions and grant opportunities as well as the dates, venues, and content of the entry test.

Each PhD will have specific entry requirements and examination for their programme, which will be listed on the Departmental pages. Please note that you may be asked to sit an interview or a written examination depending on the PhD programme you are applying for.

Candidates who pass the entry examination are placed on a constantly updated merit list, i.e. a list of suitable candidates, showing the allocated PhD positions.
Applicants who are admitted to the PhD courses must submit or send to the "Unige Servizio Alta Formazione" the application form by the deadline - as mentioned above all details are to be found in the notice of competition issued in spring.

The PhD regulations are available on the dedicated webpage.

Programme overview


The PhD in Sciences and Technologies for Electronic and Telecommunications engineering (STIET) of UniGe, is promoted by the Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and Naval Architecture Department (DITEN) in agreement with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).
It is coordinated by Prof. Maurizio Valle and it is organized into three curricula:

  • Electromagnetism, Electronics, Telecommunications
  • Interactive Cognitive Environments
  • Computational vision, recognition and machine learning (developed entirely at IIT)

STIET has very precise didactic and scientific rules (reported on the Dedicated website) are mandatory to be admitted to the next year and, at the end of the PhD, to the final exam. The PhD student is assigned with one tutor and  (optionally) one or more co-tutors; the tutor is the responsible for the student's learning and scientific activity. The tutor must be a university professor or a member of the Ph.D. Teaching Board.
STIET Teaching Board involves carefully selected international experts.

Learning objectives

The primary objective of the STIET PhD programme is to train scientists able to promote and carry out highly qualified research activities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), highlighting, in particular, the sectors of Electronics, Telecommunications, Electromagnetism and Computer Science. The activities developed aim to include future researchers both in the productive system and in academic structures, as well as in research institutions at national and international level. Each doctoral student, at the end of the course, must have acquired skills in the development of research and a good level of autonomy, must have developed original ideas and shown capacity of interaction.
To this end important objectives are the:

  • number and quality of scientific publications
  • involvement in research projects
  • participation in international conferences
  • achievement of scientific-technical prizes and awards

Career perspectives

Three years after the acquisition of the qualification (cycle 33), 16.67% of the Research Doctors in STIET have a research role at UniGe, the same percentage has a role in Italian Research Bodies, while 25% works in foreign universities or research centers; 25% work in Italian companies and 8.33% work in companies abroad; 8.33% work in private training bodies. In short, three years after the acquisition of the title, 33.33% of Research Doctors carry out activities within Companies while 58.33% within Italian or foreign universities or research centers.

Data three years after the acquisition of the qualification confirm the interest of the training carried out in the PhD for the activity within the industry and, at the same time, the suitability of the preparation achieved for academies and research bodies at an international level.

Head of programme

Maurizio Valle

Dear PhD Students, first of all welcome to the PhD in Science and Technology for Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering.

In the Dedicated website you can check:

  • didactic rules: about credits to be acquired during the first two years of your PhD
  • scientific rules: about admission to the next PhD year and to the PhD final exam
  • a list of possible courses and schools for PhD students

Head of Programme

International collaborations

  • King Abdullah II school of information technology (kasit), the University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Institute of Computer science, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Inria Sophia-Antipolis Mediterranée, France
  • Department of Bioengineering, Imperial college, London, UK
  • Faculty of electrical and computer engineering, University of Iceland, Iceland

Dedicated website

To learn more, please visit the dedicated PhD course website.