Iuav PhD programme

Iuav PhD programme


What is a PhD?

A PhD is a postgraduate programme specifically dedicated to research.

While features, admission and implementation methods are not yet fully standardised, its outcomes provide a common and essential reference framework. Beyond the different connotations that PhDs acquire around the world, the objective of PhD students is to contribute with their research to the advancement of specific knowledge in a selected subject area.


In Italy, PhDs share some specific features. They last three years, admission is based on selection, the most talented candidates are awarded a scholarship, courses are carried out in small research communities made up of professors, tutors and PhD students.

PhD programmes started as advanced training courses for university teaching and research but have been increasingly addressing the production sector, culture, and the arts.



What is involved in a PhD?

PhD students are required to write a doctoral thesis over a period of three years. The research work shall be conducted through participation in seminars, regular progress presentations, group discussions, meetings with lecturers and tutors, research in archives, international mobility periods. Periodic reviews on the work carried out result in an annual assessment, which, if successful, allows progression to the following year. At the end of the three years, the thesis is assessed by external referees and, if successful, is discussed in front of a panel of professors with the final award of PhD title.



How is Iuav PhD programme organised?

Iuav PhD programme in architecture and arts includes the following areas of training and research:

> architectural composition

> design sciences

> history of architecture

> structural challenges

> technological, environmental and building physics design

> urban and regional planning and policies

> urbanism

> “Villard d’Honnecourt” international doctorate in architecture (call for applications every three years)

> visual arts, performing arts and fashion studies


Beside the above-mentioned research fields, every year the school board proposes some interdisciplinary tracks tied to a specific research theme.


Every year some places are reserved to international candidates, holders of scholarships of international universities and research institutions or through international mobility programmes





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