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Programme overview

Info 2022/2023

Degree type
Duration and credits
Free access
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Head of programme


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


Welcome to the website of the PhD programme in Security, risk and vulnerability of UniGe. 
Our PhD programme conforms to a high-quality international standard, offering the PhD students a large choice of topics, engaging courses and a rich schedule of seminars by scientists of high international reputation.
The PhD programme in Security, risk and vulnerability is a three years research degree structured in six curricula: 

  • Cybersecurity and Reliable Artificial Intelligence (in cooperation with Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento)
  • Security and Law 
  • Security and Strategic Studies 
  • Management and Security 
  • Risk and Resilience Engineering for the Natural, Industrialized and Built environments
  • Risk, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Learning objectives

Our PhD students are expected to acquire broad foundations on both practical and theoretical aspects, learn how to conduct high quality research, and solve important research questions of the selected research topic.

Career perspectives

A PhD in Security, risk and vulnerability opens a variety of career opportunities. Natural outcomes are in academic or research institutions or else in R&D departments of national and international companies. Further career opportunities, not strictly related to research, but still leveraging on the role of 'innovators', include the establishment of spin-off companies or consultancy.

Head of programme

11364_Alessandro Armando

Welcome to the PhD programme in Security, risk and vulnerability.

Vulnerabilities affect human artifacts and organizations alike. Understanding and managing the associated risks can save lives and protect our rights, businesses and the environment. This is easier said than done as several technical and methodological hurdles must still be overtaken to achieve effective risk mitigation strategies in many relevant sectors. The PhD programme offers you a lively, international and multi-disciplinary academic environment to tackle these challenges.

Head of Programme

International collaborations

The PhD programme features collaborations with external board members of several International Research Institutes including:

  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
  • CIMA Research Foundation (Italy)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • Western University (Canada)
  • IUT2 - Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Dedicated website

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