DEC Organization

    The Ph.D. programs in Economics (DEC) is devoted to advanced education in all fields of economics. It is interdisciplinary in character, and emphasize solid methodological foundations and innovative research. The minimum duration is 3 years. Overall, the program offers up to 8 new student positions each year, 5 of which are covered by a three-years grant.

    The official language of the program is English, and all courses are taught in English. Foreign students are encouraged to apply.

    During the first year, the students take eight core courses and three short courses. About 70% of the core courses are taken also by doctoral students in Business, creating a common ground for all students in the School. During the first half of the second year, students take at least five electives.

    Teaching is intensive in the first year and a half, with approximately 400 hours of classroom in the first year and 100 hours in the first term of the second year. Since their second year, students are involved in research projects with the faculty of the University of Venice. After completing the courses, all students are expected to spend from 6 months to a full year abroad in a major international University (during this stay their financial support is increased).

    The two doctoral programs in Economics (DEC and DEO) participate in the Quantitative Economics Doctorate (QED), a programme offered jointly with six other European Institutions: University of Alicante (Spain), University of Bielefeld (Germany), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Université de Paris I Sorbonne (France), and University of Vienna (Austria). During their first year, QED students take courses at their home University; in their second year, they can attend courses on advanced topics of their choice at a partner institution. Each year a meeting is organized with student and Faculty presentations from all partner Universities. (The 2007 Jamboree took place in Venice.)