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Educational goals

The European Ph.D. in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (Sess.EuroPhD) is an international, interdisciplinary graduate program in which a consortium of eight European universities cooperate to provide graduate students from all over the world with the possibility for training and doing high-level research in the fields of Economics, Sociology, and Statistics. The SESS.EuroPhD consortium includes eight partner universities. Five belong to EU countries (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Masaryk University Brno, Sapienza University of Rome, and the University of Tampere). Three belong to non-EU countries (the University of Southampton, the Higher School of Economics of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and the University of Haifa). Background and motivation of the doctorate are: 1) The wish to promote the Bologna Process and to contribute to the construction of the European Higher Education and Research Areas (EHEA and ERA). 2) The awareness that today’s complex social problems, at the international, national, and local level, require interdisciplinary research approaches as well as international strategies of scientific collaboration. Until 2008, Sapienza Università di Roma coordinated the program. In line with the International Partner Agreements establishing a time rotation of the coordination functions among partner universities, SESS.EuroPhD is now coordinated by the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. The European Ph.D. in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies provides students with the economic, sociological, and statistical background and the quantitative skills to successfully undertake an academic or research career in national or international organizations. The SESS.EuroPhD strives to attain the following objectives: 1. Contribute to European and international research through the formation of young, autonomous researchers able to contribute to the frontier of scientific research in social sciences. 2. Nurture interdisciplinary, pathbreaking research through a joint strategy developed by partner universities. 3. Support comparative research along the lines indicated above. The SESS.EuroPhD finalizes in three years, with each year being marked by clear objectives and expected results. Objectives may vary depending on a) The student’s research project; b) the background knowledge of the candidate regarding quantitative methods in Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, and Mathematics. Each year of the program has specific objectives. First-year objectives In the first year, the primary educational objectives of the program are: 1. Provide doctoral students with a standard preparation regarding the three main subjects of interest of the PhD (Economics, Economic Sociology, and Applied Statistics) through the delivery of courses and seminars given by faculty members of the program and internal and external speakers. 2. Equip students with the analytical skills and the critical spirit to review the extant literature on their topics of interest. Second-year objectives The second year aims to consolidate and strengthen Ph.D. candidates’ knowledge and skills and accompany them towards the achievement of a sufficient level of research autonomy. In the second year, the student is encouraged to expand their scientific collaborations within the scientific community and refine the ability to communicate their research and disseminate the results of their work. Therefore, the second year's primary objective is to develop the students' capacity to interact with the scientific community and strengthen their familiarity with the scientific method, allowing them to formulate theoretical propositions only to the extent to which falsifiable empirical evidence supports them. In this perspective, the SESS Annual Seminar offers students an opportunity to present their work to an international and highly qualified audience and to process and implement the feedback received by their peers. Third-year objectives The third year is mainly devoted to developing critical thinking and synthesis, with the conclusion of the experimental and empirical analyses, the interpretation of results, and writing the thesis. The program stresses the following objectives explicitly: 1. The achievement of a fair degree of autonomy in the conduct of research activities. 2. A proper understanding of the main funding mechanisms for scientific research at the national, European, and international levels. 3. The development of comparison and communication skills through the intensification of participation in workshops and conferences, and preparing articles and essays to be submitted to scientific journals for publication.

Exam - Oral

Giorno: 20/9/2021 Ora: 10:00 Aula: Interviews will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link for the interview will be provided 24 hours in advance. Indirizzo: Interviews will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link for the interview will be provided 24 hours in advance.

Tests - Evaluation of qualifications

Giorno: 6/9/2021

Dipartimento di economia e diritto



Prof. Fabio Sabatini -

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