Programme

The PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change is jointly organized by Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, an integrated, multi-disciplinary frontier research center for understanding, controlling and adapting to Climate Change.

CMCCC involves and links private and public institutions jointly investigating multidisciplinary topics related to climate science research and provides technical support in several multilateral international activities such as UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNEP. In particular, the Italian Focal Point for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is based at CMCC premises.

The PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change develops one main theme – Climate change – crossing two main approaches in two different locations:

  • Dynamic Climatology at the CMCC premises in Bologna
  • Impact and Management of Climate Change at the Department of Economics of the Ca’ Foscari University

The PhD programme lasts for four academic years. PhD students enrolled in the PhD programme Science and Management of Climate Change, acquiring 60 university credits (ECTS) and passing the specific tests provided by the Faculty Board will be awarded a integrated MPhil (in Italian: 'Master universitari di secondo livello') in Science and Management of Climate Change.

During the first year the Master's Programme and the PhD programme share the same teaching activities; the Master involves the acquisition of 60 ECTS, equivalent to a total of 1500 hours of study, including at least 300 hours of teaching activities (lessons, workshops, etc), at least 250 hours of practical training period (in Italian “tirocinio”) (10 ECTS) and a specific final examination.

Students wishing to be admitted to these Master's Programme must follow the PhD Call for Applications. After successfully completing their first year of studies and at least 250 hours of practical training period and passing a specific final examination students could ask to be awarded, with the approval of the Faculty Board, the MPhil in Science and Management of Climate Change title. All PhD students completing their studies and receiving their PhDs will be automatically awarded the qualification of MPhil in Science and Management of Climate Change.
The tuition fees for enrolment on the Master's Programme are the same fees paid for the PhD programmes.

Programme structure

1st year 
The first academic year is divided into three terms. 
Twelve 5 ECTS courses are planned for the first academic year, in order to provide students with the state of the art of the scientific findings related to the two disciplinary streams. 
Eleven courses are planned in each of the two thematic streams, the twelfth is in common between the streams and it’s mandatory for all PhD students. All lectures are given in English.
Credits will be acquired by attending the courses and passing a final exam. 
Common activities (seminars/lectures/short courses) are organized all year long, in order to offer tools to build a sound scientific, managerial and economic base for the general comprehension of the broader theme of climate change, with the opportunity for in depth studies of specific issues and to experience a multidisciplinary approach. 
At the beginning of the first year each PhD Students is assigned to a provisional tutor, who assists and orients the work of the students since the initial period; students are required to confirm the assigned tutor or suggest another one to be approved by the PhD Board by the end of the year. Tutors and co-tutors are lecturers belonging to the PhD Board.

2nd & 3rd year 
The second and the third years are aimed at providing the PhD candidates with an experience of research in a foreign institution. The choice of the institution where students spend their time abroad is made by the PhD Board, in accordance with the tutor, and it is based on students' research topics and skills.
The evaluation of second-year students is based on four items: 1) progress in their research; 2) research period at foreign institutions; 3) presentations made at seminars; 4) attendance to summer schools, workshops, international conferences.
The evaluation of third-year students is based on three items: 1) progress in their dissertation; 2) presentations made at seminars, workshops, conferences.

4th year 
The fourth year students are mainly devoted to the preparation of their thesis, under the supervision of their advisors.
The preliminary thesis presentation and the pre-defense will be scheduled during the fourth year. All thesis will be externally reviewed by international referees.