PhD in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies
Starting from Academic Year 2013-2014, the Graduate School hosts the NASP-WEST project (Network for the Advancement in Social and Political Studies) which involves a network of universities in Northern Italy: Brescia, Università Cattolica, Genova, Milano, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale and Torino.
The partnership for the Ph.D. programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies involves the following departments:
• Department of Economics and Management – DEM (Università di Brescia)
• Department of Social and Political Sciences – SPS (Università di Milano)
• Department of Law and Political, Economic and Social Sciences – DIGSPES (Università del Piemonte Orientale)
The mission of the programme is to give students both a strong disciplinary focus (in sociology, labour law, management and organizational behaviour, psychology of work) and a substantive attention to socio-economic behaviour and processes, in particular from the point of view of labour and organizations.
To this purpose, the programme aims at:
• giving the students a scientific training, embedded in current, cutting-edge international research, on the substantive topics concerning the relations between the economy and society, with a strong focus on the regulatory problems currently facing public and private decision-makers;
• giving the students a full set of theoretical, methodological and technical skills, with particular attention to applied statistics and data analysis, in line with the current progresses in social and economic sciences;
• giving each student the chance to specialize herself in the substantive sub-field (see below) she will choose for her dissertation, and to produce an excellent piece of empirical work. In principle, each dissertation should produce at least one paper to be published in an international indexed journal, or in the way each discipline reckons to be excellent;
• guaranteeing each student the possibility to develop the key skills which today are required as a professional support of a social science researcher, that is: high level knowledge of the English language, capacity of communicating research results, first-hand knowledge of the procedures of scientific publishing and of the way the international scientific labour market works.
In order to structure a large number of substantive topics, six broad areas of specialization are offered. Each student will choose the one who best suits her research interests and use it as a starting point for her research project. Of course trespassing and contamination are allowed and, in case, encouraged.
1. Social institutions and the economy
2. Labour studies
3. Complex organizations
4. Economic behaviour and social interaction
5. Local development and global society
6. Occupations, education and social stratification
All courses are taught in English, while the dissertation might be written in English as well as in Italian, depending on the topic and on the supervisor’s judgement.
The University of Milan is a public University and the PhD title is the highest Academic Qualification in the National Education System. Students or professionals who achieve the Italian PhD degree are entitled to see recognized it in all foreign countries where they decide to move for study or work reasons
International Student Requirements:
Foreign students must hold an equivalent degree (e.g. BA with honours plus a postgraduate degree)