Description of courses

Architecture and the Environment

The environmental question imposes the need to rethink, in a sustainable and permissible  manner, ways of inhabiting our towns, our organisation of public spaces and territories, the design of everyday objects and their reuse, the building materials we use, our modes of transportation, the way we manage land and water, how to safeguard landscapes, how to recompose the urban form and how to innovate production processes and technologies.

The doctoral programme is open to students from different disciplinary fields who want to understand and become capable of analysing the relationship between the built environment and the ecosystems in order to design, plan and manage its transformations.

The PhD program is a strongly interdisciplinary doctoral programme with coherent content, objectives and methodology, centred on architecture and on the environmental design of space grounded on ecological understanding.

The objective is to transfom "sustainability", that is abstract, into "permissibility" that is concrete, dealing with objects, tangible and intangible, in relation to the functions, structures and processes of the ecosystem, but also to rehabilitate, recover, restore, rethink, reuse, recycle and reduce.

The PhD program aims to train researchers who are able to operate with autonomy and competence for research institutions and in the academic sector. However, the  postdoctoral researcher in Architecture and Environment is also a high-profile professional, which can operate autonomously or within research institutions or government agencies, qualified for the management of the project at different scales, from the urban/territorial scale – with particular attention to the environmental dynamics and process-forms that characterize – to the architectural, up to the scale of the object and design.

The postdoctoral researcher  can find employment in research, education, public and  private professions, with roles in leadership, coordination, management and procurement of funds. They will work at a high cultural and technical level and be able to deal with, at appropriate levels of awareness and preparedness,  the problems posed by the complexity of  urban and territorial cohesion and in particular with the environmental crisis and "sustainable and permissible development" such as habitation and the evolution of the built environment; town and country; environment, regional planning and landscape; the many dimensions of planning and design; objects that makes us smart; the city of rights, the right to the city.

NB The PhD program is in agreement with the Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences and the Department of Architecture of the Karabuk University (Turkey): it is therefore necessary to carry out a compulsory period abroad - at least 12 months and up to 18 months in the second year of the course at Karabuk University.

Life Sciences and Biotechnologies

The PhD Course in Life Sciences and Biotechnologies aims to provide advanced training to young graduate students from Italian and International Universities, based on the following goals: offering high quality scientific preparation both on applied and academic research; developing the approach towards scientific cooperation in Italy and abroad; promoting students’ ability to develop research projects independently, for what concerns  the scientific knowledge but also the technological applications in selected research areas.

Training activities are based on a three-year duration Course, including frontal training activities and  interdisciplinary research projects, with the aim to share and exchange expertise related to the most advanced scientific areas of the current biological and scientific world. The PhD Course fosters training activities based on the practical and experimental approach and several projects in cooperation with Italian and International Labs. The most important subject-areas are: plant and animal biology, molecular basis of physiological and pathological processess, human and animal medicine, food technology and pharmaceutical production, agriculture and farming development, environmental protection and bioarchaeology. Acquisition of a multidisciplinary approach on the PhD Course specific subject-areas as well as the expertise on  molecular and evolutionary biology will provide PhD Students with a high flexibility that could increase working opportunities in different fields.

Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Modern and Contemporary Ages

The strengths of the doctorate are on the one hand, the adoption of an interdisciplinary perspective based on international comparison, on the other hand the search for harmonization between local and global dimension. As part of the course, the linguistic aspects, perceptual psychology, literature, the arts and visuality integrates the study of land and landscape in its entirety anthropic and historical geography. 

Students will be assisted to:

• develop a theoretical-critical instruments suited to address the complex cultural scenario generated by globalization, going back to the roots of cultural and linguistic diversity of these processes, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

• understand and critically discuss the transnational dynamics of the current society of knowledge and at the same time overcome the pressures to uncritical approval present in the contemporary world, drawing on the cultural richness of the area and to the memory of the past

• improve their language skills with a view to broadening the horizons of research and capacity of international mobility

• address the fields of language, perceptual psychology, literary, artistic and geographic, adopting a comparatist approach, understood both in international and trans-medial direction 

• extend the knowledge of the land in its local specificities, similarities, differences and connections with other geographical realities

Agricultural Science

The PhD course is aimed at promoting a high-level scientific research in the following fields:

  • agrometeorology and ecophysiology of agricultural and forestry ecosystems;
  • crop production;
  • management of agricultural and forestry production systems, and conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources;
  • integrated monitoring of the territory for the application of systemic forest management in sustainable silviculture;
  • ecological dynamics of pre-forestry and forestry systems in relation to the effects of disturbance factors, to adaptation to climate change and to the prevention of forest fires in Mediterranean forests and in the wildland-urban interface;
  • general and applied microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, immunology, fermentation, chemistry and process engineering;
  • animal rearing and breeding, nutrition and feeding, applied genetics and selection, including the use of molecular biology techniques, and quality and safety of products of animal origin.


During the three-year-course, doctoral students will acquire knowledge of the experimental scientific method and related expertise in planning experimental designs, conducting laboratory and field trials, mathematical and statistical processing of data, developing statistical and experimental inferences and disseminating research results

Biomedical sciences

The PhD in Biomedical Sciences proposes the overall objective to train highly qualified researchers in the scientific and methodological extensive areas, of great importance for basic and applied research in the field of biomedical sciences.

The training and research is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach that allows the execution of thematic proposals under the following curricula:

- Medical Genetics

- Neuroscience

- Molecular oncology

- Preventive and Adhesive Aesthetic Dentistry

- Public health

The educational goal will be Pursued in collaboration with other Italian or  foreign universities or as a result of  agreements with public and private entities in meeting the requirements of high cultural and scientific qualifications, as well as adequate  staff,  facilities and equipment.


Aims and Objectives: The objective of the PhD program is to further advance higher education in the field of law, with particular emphasis to be placed on the two curricula being considered, which meet needs of particular importance in the territory where the course is carried out. The course is intended to become a magnet for scholars from other national and foreign regions, building up on the successful experience of the previous PhD School in Law and Economics of Production Systems of the University of Sassari, that has served as the academic and scientific basis for the development of this course (confirming what already happened during the first edition of this course). Based on the experience gained within the PhD School of Law and Economics of Production Systems, the course devotes special attention to the interrelation between law and the economic world and the desire to stimulate cooperation among researchers, overcoming the individualistic approach that tends to characterize research in the field of law.  The PhD course aims to provide the tools necessary to learn appropriate research methodologies through the organization of seminars, conferences and external collaborations. The objective is to train scholars who have shown a certain level of experience through the publication of a monographs which bring an original scientific contribution to research in the field of Law and in the areas of specific interest for the course.

Veterinary sciences

The Graduate School develops activities of research training in an area extended to many scientific sectors of Veterinary Sciences. The objectives and research activities are in fact in production animals and companion animals. It Invests in basic scientific fields within the veterinary science (anatomy, physiology), such as breeding and rearing of animals (animal husbandry science, nutrition, animal welfare and livestock production), pathology (areas parasitological, pathological anatomy) and veterinary clinic (obstetric and surgical). They are also part of the objectives, safety, quality and enhancement of food of animal origin. The PhD program provides a multidisciplinary approach with courses that differ in two addresses, supported by a common educational area. In the common educational plan, participation of PhD students to courses, seminars and workshops is foreseen, held by experts on issues of intellectual property and patenting technology transfer; are also provided insights of the tools most commonly used in the early stages of acquisition and the management and exploitation of the results of the trials research. The two addresses develop themes which are rather broad and differentiated between them by focusing research on reproduction and breeding food safety; on the production and quality processes of the foods. The specific objectives are declined regularly through the diverse research activities within the guidelines that comprise the school, and within the context of these different lines of research.