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Info 2023/2024

Duration 3 years
Access Admission test
Language English
Teaching mode Tradizionale
Head of programme ALESSANDRO ARMANDO

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.

Alessandro Armando

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.


Admission to the Doctoral Program is subject to passing a competition that is usually announced in the spring and published at the related page. The Notice of Admission contains the list of courses, places and grants available as well as the dates, place, type and content of the tests.

Applicants who pass the selection process are placed on a constantly updated merit list that shows the allocation of places.
Competitors who are found to be admitted to the doctoral courses must submit or have their applications received by the Higher Education Service of UniGe according to the pre-established deadlines published in the announcement.

The PhD program is governed by the rules found at the dedicated page.