Third- and Fourth-Year

Year 3 comprises at least a semester of study in a non-Italian host university. Host universities include Indiana, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Montreal, Stanford and Yale in America, Essex and UCL in Great Britain, and Amsterdam, Bielefeld, EHESS, Essex, Nova, Leuven, Mannheim, Paris 1, and UPF in Europe. The allocation of students across these universities will depend on their performance in the first 2 years of the program and on their research interests, as well as on approval by the host university. 

Year 3 and 4 are devoted to thesis writing under the supervision of faculty members, possibly in collaboration with an external advisor. By the beginning of year 3, each student will submit a “thesis proposal”, which should include a first complete draft of a research paper. 

Doctoral students are expected to participate to all the weekly seminars organised by the Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), which is located within DISES and collaborates closely with it. 

In years 3 and 4, besides doctoral work, students will provide part-time assistance in research projects and/or teaching activities. This is meant to be an integral part of their training, as it will help them hone their teaching and research skills.