Universita Degli Studi Di Milano (University of Milano)

Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences

PhD Programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research - SOMET


Via Pace 10

Milan, Lombardia 20122


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research - SOMET

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The aim of the programme is to provide structured training in theoretically-guided empirical research across a wide range of sociological fields and to introduce students into current international debate in both quantitative and qualitative social research. The Ph.D. programme in Sociology has a longstanding tradition of excellence in Italy. It was one of the first to be established after the 1980 university reform and has provided a large number of outstanding academic sociologists who have gone on to make significant contributions to teaching and research in Italy and abroad. The aim of the programme is to provide structured training in theoretically-guided empirical research across a wide range of sociological fields and to introduce students to current international debates in both qualitative and quantitative social research. The course consists of a three-year program. The first year is devoted to basic training, in conjunction with the activities of the Faculty's interdisciplinary Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences. The second year is partly spent in a relevant university department abroad and is devoted to the initial drafting of the thesis. The third year is entirely spent completing the thesis. All classes and teaching activities are in English. Graduates from the programme will be able to compete successfully for positions as researchers (in public and private universities and research centres), skilled professionals and consultants in sociology to public agencies and international organizations and institutions in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Starting from 2013, the PhD Programme in Sociology has made an agreement with the University of Turin and given rise to the new PhD Programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research. The Programme is thus enriched with new skills and research fields, and reinforces its position among the leading programme s in Italy in terms of doctoral excellence. The research areas covered by the Ph.D. Programme now include: 1. Inequality and social stratification (social change; social mobility; gender; labour market; labour policies and employment; poverty; health; social policy; social service and forms of welfare; migrations and ethnic relations; ethnic entrepreneurship and labour market; intergenerational relationships and family, public policies and forms of social inclusion/exclusion); 2. Politics and society (public opinion and political communication; new media and political participation; states and nations; comparative social systems; legitimacy and forms of power; social values and political behaviour; leadership and populism; social movements, collective action and new forms of protest) 3. Cultural processes (daily life; families; religions; gender gaps and ethnic inequalities; cultural capital, youth, generations and life cycles; consumption practices; sociology of body and health, processes of racialization and transformations of citizenship; new technologies, new media and communication; sociology of time and space). 4. Research on local development (knowledge economy; environmental sustainability of economic development, especially at the city level; development strategies and policies; social implications of development processes) For each of these sociological areas/topics, the PhD Programme ensures particular emphasis on the integration of theory and methodology of research. You can Officially apply only when the Call for Application will be OPEN. Next Call for Applications will be issued in Summer 2014


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)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

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