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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

PhD in

Management and Economics

This PhD programme will no longer be offered in 2021.

Our ambition is to offer a PhD programme that leverages the specific strengths of our University and international Faculty, and provides talented and motivated students with a high-quality education and research environment that best serves their career aspirations.

Course description

Our 4-year full-time PhD programme combines methodical and theoretical courses with additional individualized training as recommended by the supervisor depending on the specific research interests and objectives of the PhD student. Topic-specific individual tutoring and mentoring, as well as funding for research stays abroad are special components of our programme.

PhD students will be introduced to specific research areas of the faculty, including Organizational and Institutional Outliers, Economic Policy Analysis and Financial Markets and Regulation, and have the opportunity to be engaged in corresponding research projects. Our international faculty provides a variety of research opportunities, examples are outlined in the attached research fields.

At a glance

Duration of the programme: 4 years
Courses will be taught in English
Places available: 9 with scholarship + 2 without scholarship
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 163.50 per year
Stay abroad: 4 to 6 month stays at international universities

Programme structure

The first year of the programme is devoted to imparting basic knowledge of methods and theories in the field of management and economics to develop a common skillset among our Phd students regardless to their background. Students are encouraged to explore different research approaches and questions before specializing.

By the end of the second year, the programme provides students with necessary skills, competencies, and tools to successfully conduct theory-based empirical research in different fields and with opportunities to build their own scientific network through attending international conferences and summer schools, and visiting other universities.

Although we encourage PhD students to start writing scientific papers from the beginning, the second half of the programme is primarily dedicated to completing a dissertation through writing high quality research papers targeted for publication in renowned peer-reviewed journals.

The dissertation is expected to be of a cumulative nature, i.e. a collection of scientific papers with a comprehensive introduction and conclusion that highlight the research objectives and the findings. Monographs are not accepted. 

See a breakdown of the course structure.

International Research Collaborations

Not only that our faculty members have close networks within their specific research area of the scientific community, which cannot been exhaustively listed here, we are proud to have won the following internationally reputed colleagues for our PhD committee:

Among others our faculty members have established partnerships with colleagues, research groups, and institutes for instance from: Bocconi University, Centre for Family Business at Lancaster University, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Institut d’Economia de Barcelona (IEB), IZA - Institute of Labor Economics (Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit), George Washington University, Imperial College Business School, Lee Kong Chian School of Business – Singapore Management University, Monash University, NYU – Stern Business School, Princeton University, TU München, University of Warwick, WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

These and many more contacts will provide our PhD students with many opportunities to pursue their research interests, to develop and maintain important own networks, and experience the life of a young scholar on a truly international level. Last but not least it will help them tremendously with starting a successful academic career.


PhD Programme Coordinator: Prof. Michael Nippa (photo)
Student Representative in the Lecturer's Committee: Sonia Messori


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Visiting PhD students and sabbatical stay

The Faculty of Economics and Management may accept PhD students from other universities who would like to visit unibz to undertake a short period of research (i.e. up to four months). We ask for your understanding that we are not able to accept all students who make an application to visit the Faculty and therefore need to be selective based upon qualifications and mutual fit of the research interests.

To facilitate your application and ensure we can manage our limited resources effectively, prospective visiting PhD researchers need to find and contact a faculty member, who is working in the same research area and willing to host the applicant. The host will forward the complete application (CV; purpose and research objective of the stay; topic of a research seminar to be provided at the beginning of the visit) together with a recommendation for approval to the PhD programme committee.

In preparation for your visit with us, the Faculty of Economics and Management is unable to provide access to Italy or any other secure data to visitors or visiting students. If you require this service, please contact your home institute, as they will be required to provide such access. The faculty also recommends you to bring your own laptop with the software you need.

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