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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 481
  • Foreign: $ 481
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 528pts.
  • Duration:
  • 3 years

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    The BMCS Doctoral Program is rigorous, highly creative, and deeply interdisciplinary. A small, selected group of students is admitted each year and trained by excellent professors, with different scientific backgrounds. Enrolled students have the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, to use state-of-the art equipment and to get in touch with a large network of top international research groups and laboratories located within universities and companies.

    Some job domains are interdisciplinary in nature, requiring contribution from a variety of knowledge areas that are traditionally considered distant from each other. It is our vision that learning to work proficiently within these inter-disciplinary domains is a key vector of excellence and innovation, as well as a key condition to develop new skills that can be deployed professionally. We believe that these skills should be actively sought and strongly supported already as a part of research training.

    The BMCS proposal arises from the collaboration between applied cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science and social science. The interdisciplinary capabilities resulting from this collaboration, even if still in its infancy, have already shown great potential in various areas of scientific research as well as in highly innovative and competitive production sectors. This is no surprise, indeed, as the areas of computer science, applied cognitive neuroscience, human-computer interaction have assumed a crucial role in the current international scene and in the foreseeable future.

    PhD program curricula

    The doctoral students engage in research from the moment they enroll, and take courses whose subjects span across computer science, behavioural sciences, and social science. The PhD program has two curricula:

    •  Neuroscience, Technology and Society Students enrolled in this curriculum will undertake innovative research in applied cognitive science and neuroscience especially in relation with emerging and new technologies and with their impact on communities and society. Main research areas of this curriculum are: human-computer interaction, e-health, assistive and rehabilitative technologies for sensory/perceptual and cognitive disorders, cybertherapy and cyberpsychology, web sciences, neurotechnologies and symbiotic systems, persuasive technologies and a variety of topics under the smart city and smart communities umbrella. 
    • Computer Science for Societal Challenges and Innovation Students enrolled in this curriculum will look more specifically into computer science research seeking innovation and tackling societal challenges such as health issues, demographic change and well-being; secure, clean and efficient energy; smart, green and integrated transport; inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; secure societies - protecting freedom and security of countries and citizens, big data analysis for the smart cities.

    Training project

    Key BMCS PhD courses and training is offered in the following areas.

    • Programming languages
    • Artificial intelligence
    • ICT Systems
    • Brain and Cognitive Science
    • Computer interaction
    • Research methods for behavioral science and user studies
    • Introduction to Social science
    • Health and Clinical Psychology
    • Common skills for researchers



    Applicants must have completed a Master Degree (equivalent to an Italian laurea magistrale or laurea magistrale a ciclo unico). Entry examination required. Completion requirements: drafting of a PhD thesis and discussion in front of the University Committee.

    Potential candidates are students with background in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Psychology, Social Science, Telecommunication Engineering, Bioengineering, Automation Engineering, Clinical and Health Psychology are invited to contact us and submit their proposal. Highly motivated students with different backgrounds are also welcome. 

    University fees are paid in two instalments.

    The first instalment (€217,50) is payable within October 31 and within December 31for enrollees attending second and subsequent years. In the case of first year enrollees, the payment date varies for each School and course and is indicated in the single announcements.
    The second instalment is payable within July 31. The amounts vary according to the ISEE (Equivalent Economic Status Index) income declaration presented by the student.

    The University of Padova, through funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Courses. During the 3-year doctorate programme, successful candidates are entitled to full board and lodging.

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