Evaluation - Admission to second year

The evaluation is based on two parts:

  • Assignments, for which only the PASS is required (not an evaluation in grades)
  • Discussions of papers, for which the Faculty member has to provide an evaluation on the following scale: A, B, C, Fail.
  • Each course has only 1 assignment. If the course is taught by several teachers, a question/exercise is given for a teacher (proportionate to the teaching load).
  • The assignments requested to the doctoral students are different depending on the chosen Profile
  • Introductory courses:
    • Applied Economics Profile: 4 mandatory assignments
    • Profile Management: 3 mandatory assignments
  • Methods courses:
    • Applied Economics Profile: 2 mandatory assignments
    • Profile Management: 2 mandatory assignments
  • Topics courses:
    • Applied Economics Profile: 3 assignments on 4
    • Profile Management: 2 mandatory assignments
  • Total assignments
    • Applied Economics Profile: 9 assignments
    • Profile Management: 7 assignments
  • Each student must exceed 80% of the required assignments:
    • Applied Economics Profile: 7 assignments
    • Profile Management: 5 assignments
  • If a PhD student does not reach the PASS in at least 80% of the assignments:
    • In September, she/he again supports the assignments for which she/he received NO PASS
    • At the end of these retake assignments, if 80% of PASS has not been reached depending on the chosen profile, she/he is not admitted to the second year
Paper discussion

Before defining the transition to the second year, the Faculty asks for a further important step, which becomes fundamental for three reasons:

  • Allowing to effectively evaluate the "level" of understanding of a paper by the student
  • Further familiarize the research activity of Faculty professors
  • Enhance Reading Groups

In this sense, each first year Ph.D. student must:

  • Choose 3 papers, each must belong to different Reading Groups.
  • The papers must have as a teacher of the Faculty
  • Discuss the paper with the author, presenting:
    • The objectives of the paper
    • The state of literature
    • The methodology adopted by outlining in a precise way how it responds to possible both theoretical and empirical problems
    • Results
    • Any managerial / policy implications
    • The added value of the paper in its main conclusions.

The teacher will have to evaluate the PhD student's ability to understand a research paper, communicating his/her assessment to the Coordinator/Deputy Coordinator, expressed on a scale A, B, C, Fail. This evaluation is an integral part of the decision for admission to the second year. If a Ph.D. student obtains 2 Fail at this stage, he/she is not admitted to the second year.

Course attendance

The student must reach at least 90% of the hours of attendance of the courses in his/her profile. Hence:

  • Applied Economics Profile: 178 hours attendance
  • Management Profile: 124 hours of attendance
  • Each teacher must report attendance to the course
  • Unjustified absences on the profile courses are not allowed
  • The justified absence is only:
    • For illness
    • For third-party certification, without family ties.
Summary requirements for admission to the second year
  • 80% of PASS in the assignments of the choseb profile
  • No more than 33% of FAIL in the discussion of papers
  • 90% of the scheduled attendance hours
Choice of profile
  • Each Ph.D. student chooses the profile by the end of October, communicating it to the Coordinator
  • A change of profile is possible until the end of the first year, so by the month of September of the following year at the start of the course
  • In case of change of profile the student will have to support the missing assignments of the chosen profile.