Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Teaching Programme

Students working toward a Doctoral degree enrol at the School for three years.  
During the first year and the first term of the second year, students are required to attend taught courses.  The second and the third year are devoted to the preparation and submission of a dissertation. Students are admitted to the second year, and pass from the second to the third, only on successfully completing their examinations and upon approval of their research activities by the School Managing Committee.

Courses are taught in English and students are required to draft all papers and their dissertation in English. Students are offered a course in academic writing to help them acquire the necessary skills.


Taught courses
In the first year, students attend six compulsory courses (Mathematics, Econometrics,Research Methods, Public Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics) The economics and quantitative methods contents of the courses are very thorough.
In the second year, students attend advanced courses on specific topics aimed to prepare them for their dissertation.

Coursework includes:

  • Lectures (approximately four hours per week)
  • Tutorials (approximately one hour per week)
  • Essay-writing and presentations

At the end of each course, students sit a written examination. From the second year, special methodology seminars are organised during which students are encouraged to present their research proposals and progress.

Doctoral students are assigned tutors at the start of their course of studies. The academic performance of individual students is reviewed regularly throughout the year by the Managing Committee.