Rules and Regulations

Teaching objectives

Our Ph.D. in Literary, Linguistic, and Historical Studies (henceforth DoLLS) provides sound education for researchers and scholars in humanities. Our programme focuses on literature, linguistics and history, aiming for multidisciplinary and international education. Our programme teaches Ph.D. students highly specialised knowledge and helps them to develop new research themes in international literatures, (general and applied) advanced linguistics, geography, modern and contemporary history from European and global perspectives.


Our programme offers training modules and seminars, which are scheduled on a six-monthly basis.
The division into study programmes (literary studies, linguistic studies, historical studies, international studies) enhances an interdisciplinary approach which allows to compare and integrate research methodologies with the knowledge coming from the fields of literature, linguistics and history.

Study programmes

Our Ph.D. available at the Department of Humanities offers four specific study programmes (called “curricula”) which focus on the acquisition of research methodologies and discipline-specific skills. Our offer is the following:
Literary Studies
Linguistic Studies
Historical Studies
International Studies

Seminars and courses schedule

Our teaching schedule is published by our Ph.D. coordinator prior to course commencement in each semester. The first semester schedule is released by 30th September, while the second one is released by 30th January. The first semester runs from 1st October to 30th January, while the second term runs from 1st March to 30th June.
The Ph.D. agenda happens to be integrated during each semester, in case of other unexpected but welcome academic events. Potential new proposals for courses should be sent to the Ph.D. coordinator directly or to the representatives for each study programme by the end of the previous semester.

Course structure

Some courses are shared by different study programmes, whereas others are programme-specific.
Shared courses include seminars and conferences on themes referring to at least two study programmes.
Specialised courses for each study programme address specific learning objectives in the main research areas covered within that study programme.

Course typologies:
Lectures and seminars delivered by our internal and external academic staff;
Conferences and workshops;
Doctoral days organised by our department;
Doctoral days organised by other universities;
Summer schools;
External seminars, conferences and workshops agreed by the Ph.D. students’ supervisor.


As a Ph.D. student, you will be expected to earn 180 credits (CFU) during your three-year Ph.D. degree, roughly divided as follows:
80 CFU by the end of your 1st year;
60 CFU by the end of your 2nd year;
40 CFU by the end of your 3rd year.
Each course is worth a certain number of credits which are earned by means of your participation in:
Lectures, seminars and conferences delivered by our internal and external teaching staff (3 CFU);
Conferences (5-10 CFU);
Doctoral days in our department (5 CFU);
Doctoral days in other universities (5-10 CFU);
Summer schools (5-10 CFU)
External seminars, conferences and workshops agreed by the Ph.D. students’ supervisor (5-10 CFU)

Eventuali assenze alle lezioni previste per ciascun curriculum di afferenza devono essere precedute da una motivata richiesta di giustifica, indirizzata via mail al docente responsabile dell’evento in programma.

English Language Courses

Ph.D. candidates can benefit from English language courses, provided by the University Language Centre, which covers all costs up to the most advanced levels. Our Ph.D. students are expected to reach C1 level in English.

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