PhD in Cultural Heritage Studies

Academic Year 2014-2015
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle XXX
Coordinator Prof. Salvatore Cosentino
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 6 positions, of which 4 with scholarship
Call deadline May 30, 2014 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Jul 11, 2014 to Jul 21, 2014 - After the enrolment period, applicants replacing dropouts will be contacted in order to complete their enrolment
Doctoral programme start date Oct 01, 2014
Main Department
Dept of Cultural Heritage
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Curricula and Research topics

1. Cultural heritage of Mediterranean and oriental civilizations

  • Manuscripts
  • Documents
  • Epigraphs
  • Seals
  • Coins
  • Building and Architecture
  • Material culture
  • Ethno-linguistic tranditions

2. Forms, objects and transmission of cultural memory

  • Knowledge, transmission and reception of musical heritage
  • Knowledge, transmission and reception of religious imagery
  • Knowledge, transmission and reception of the literary heritage
  • Knowledge, transmission and reception of the artistic heritage
  • Cultural heritage: educational system and public history
  • Landscape cultural heritage
  • Tecnologies and methods for the preservation of audiovisual media in the digital era

3. Methods and technologies for the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage

  • Physical anthropology and palaeobotanic
  • Methodologies and analytical techniques for the characterization of cultural heritage
  • Atmospheric pollution and degradation of monuments and historical-artistic environments
  • Micro and macro monitoring of museums, libraries and archives
  • Restoration, preservation and maintenance of cultural heritage
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Employment opportunities are constituted primarily from university research or the 'high' segments of the Italian and international labour market in the field of cultural heritage (state or local institutions responsible for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage, libraries and archives, galleries and museums, private companies specialized in exhibition design and management in the treatment of new media). It should be noted that the strong characterization that the department has in certain areas needing a specialist training (Byzantinology, codicology, Jewish studies, Iranian studies, library information science, musicology) grants PhD student a specific skill in vital sectors of the cultural heritage being not easily to be acquired elsewhere.
Applicants of any Country and age holding a Master’s degree (second cycle) can submit their application. Such degree must be either:
• an Italian university degree pre-reform system (“vecchio ordinamento”);
• an Italian university degree (laurea specialistica/magistrale - 3+2 years or combined degree BA+MA);
• an academic Master’s degree conferred by foreign institutions/Universities, validated as equivalent (equipollente) to an Italian degree by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) or acknowledged as equivalent by the Admission Board for the sole purpose of the selection.
Applicants whose degree are to be awarded after the deadline of the call can participate in the selection but the admission is conditional on obtaining a Masters’ degree before the official start date.
Documents to be attached mandatorily
  • copy of a valid ID with photo
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • Degree transcripts of both BA/BSc and MA/MSc:
    - for degrees obtained in Italy, please submit a signed self-declaration (autocertificazione);
    - for degrees obtained in non-EU countries, please submit the degree certificate issued by the relevant University;
    - for degrees obtained in EU countries (except Italy), you can do either.
    The document must, in any case, contain the following information:
    - personal data,
    - University details,
    - degree name,
    - final score,
    - transcript of results obtained.
    For degree transcripts from outside of Italy, an official translation into Italian or English must be attached.
    Graduands have to submit the document(s) as above except for the Master’s degree and final score.
  • Graduation Master’s thesis; for graduands graduation Master’s thesis’ draft approved by the Supervisor.
  • Two letters of reference by national or international academic referee and/or research professionals, not members of the Admission Board, declaring the applicant’s interest and skills in research; please do not attach the letters to the application: the instructions available on  Studenti Online ( shall be followed;
  • Research project, in Italian or English, emphasizing the activities to be carried out during the first year and containing:
    - clear indication on the frontispiece of the research topic;
    - no more than 20.000 characters, spaces included but index and bibliography excluded (if more than 20.000 characters, the exceeding part will not be considered);
    - state of the art;
    - description
    - expected results
    - project phases and time scheduling
    - criteria for the verification of results
    - bibliography
    The research project submitted with the application, however, may not be the one the successful applicant will carry out during the doctoral path. Supervisors and Academic Board can propose a different one.
Other attachments, if any
  • List of publications (monographs, articles on scientific magazines, etc);
  • Other publications (conference proceedings distributed at national and international level, contributions in monographs, etc.);
  • Lists of abstracts and posters for national and international conferences and congresses
  • Other Master’s and/or specialization degree in subjects consistent with the research topics of this PhD programme;
  • Specilization thesis
  • Internships
  • Research and working experience
  • Language certificates
  • Mobility experience abroad (e.g.: Erasmus and similar).
  • Any other document certifying the applicant’s excellence (prizes, fellowships and grants).
Selection procedure

Evaluation of qualifications and research project
Applicants presence is not requested.
The evaluation of qualifications and research projects results will be available on 26/06/2014 on (select: sintesi delle richieste in corso - vedi dettaglio).

Oral examination
When 07/07/2014
Where Dept of Cultural Heritage - Via degli Ariani 1 – 48121 Ravenna
Time 10:30 CET

The oral examinations results will be available both in paper copy on the Department bullet board and, starting from 09/07/2014, on (select: sintesi delle richieste in corso - vedi dettaglio).
Please note that the oral examinations might take more than one day. In this case  the relevant timetable will be published on together with the evaluation of qualifications and research projects results.

For applicants residing abroad, the oral examination can be conducted at a distance through video-conference based on the IP protocol (such as through Skype with webcam). Applicants must clearly indicate such choice and provide their own ID when applying for the call. The request must, nonetheless, be approved by the Admission Board which will make sure that the examination is carried out correctly and upon verification of the identity of each applicant. A specific timetable regarding distance oral examinations will be available on  together with the results confirming the admission to such examination. Applicants must  guarantee their availability for 3 hours, starting from the time indicated in the above mentioned timetable. In case of unavailability, after 3 attempts from the Admission Board in establishing a contact during the agreed timeframe, applicants will be excluded from the oral examination.

All oral examinations, included the remote ones, are public.

Evaluation criteria
Scores will be expressed in points out of 100, as follows:

1. Evaluation of qualifications and research project
   - Minimum score for the admission to the oral exam: 30 points
   - Maximum score: 50 points
Only qualifications and documents consistent with the research topics and no older than 5 years (up to the deadline of this call for applications) - Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees excluded - will be taken into consideration.
Score will be assigned as follows:
- Evaluation of the degree mark (for applicants who have a university degree at the time of submission of the application) or evaluation of the university exams taken with grades (for applicants who still not have a Master’s degree at the time of submission of the application): max 10 points
- Research project: max 20 points
- Publications: max 10 points;
- Curriculum vitae et studiorum: max 10 points.

2. Oral examination
   - Minimum score: 30 points
   - Maximum score: 50 points
The oral examination will focus on the explanation and discussion of the applicant’s research project and will assess his/her aptitude for scientific research, as well as her/his knowledge of the research topics related to the doctoral programme.
During the oral examination, the applicant’s knowledge of English will be assessed.
The oral examination can be held either in Italian or English, depending on the applicant’s choice.
For foreign applicants, the knowledge of Italian language is not requested/is mandatory.
Scores will be assigned according to the following criteria:
- Research project discussion: max 15 points
- Knowledge of foreign language: max 15 points
- Knowledge of a second foreign language: max 10 points
- Publications and other qualifications discussion: max 10 points

The Admission Board might add other sub-criteria before the assessment process. In this case, a proper announcement will be posted on

Applicants obtaining a total score of at least 60/100 are eligible and will be included in the final ranking list.
The Rectoral Decree containing the final ranking list will be published on accessible with Unibo username and password.
No personal written communication shall be provided to applicants concerning the final results and the deadlines for enrolment.
Selected applicants will have to enrol by the date indicated in the above mentioned Rectoral Decree.
Admission Board

Appointed by RD n. 449/2014 Prot. n. 29533 on May 22, 2014

Pierfrancesco Callieri Docente di I fascia Università di Bologna Dip. di Beni Culturali
Luigi Canetti Docente di II fascia Università di Bologna Dip. di Beni Culturali
Giorgio Gruppioni Docente di I fascia Università di Bologna Dip. di Beni Culturali
Salvatore Cosentino Docente di I fascia Università di Bologna Dip. di Beni Culturali
Nicoletta Guidobaldi Docente di II fascia Università di Bologna Dip. di Beni Culturali
Luigi Tomassini Docente di I fascia Università di Bologna Dip. di Beni Culturali
Learning outcomes
The educational objectives aim at providing PhD students with a highly qualified theoretical, practical and methodological knowledge in their field of study, and to make them fully aware of the epistemological assumptions of their discipline.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
PhD students carry out, each for their own curriculum, activities to improve their specialistic preparedness. These activities include language training (ancient and modern languages), as well as bibliographic and informative tools related to their field of study. For the students of the curriculum 3 laboratory activity is expected. All students are involved in both passive (as listeners), and active form (as speakers) in the taking part in seminars organized specifically for the PhD programme.
A stay abroad - usually in the second year - is expected for all students enrolled in the course, in order to facilitate their integration into the network of international research.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The following training activities are expected:
- Language training
- Computer Training
- Specialist disciplinary training
- Training in the management of research and funding it
- Training aimed at exploiting the results of research.
Internationalization features
In the first year of operation of the course, applications coming from abroad have been approximately one fourth (Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey) out of the total. In the current academic year, a PhD student of the University of Kharkiv (Ukraine) spent a semester of research under the supervision of the Coordinator of the PhD programme in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2. Numerous requests for information about the course have been received from abroad during the current year.
Expected research results and products
The expected products by PhD students are at least two articles published during the three years and the preparation of their doctoral dissertation. About the results, at the end of the doctoral programme they have received an adequate education to start a career at the university or in the professions needed an high level of training.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
CALLIERI PIERFRANCESCO Università di Bologna PO - Professore Ordinario
CANETTI LUIGI Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
COSENTINO SALVATORE Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
DEGNI PAOLA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
FARAGGIANA DI   SARZANA CHIARA FRANCESCA Università di Bologna RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
FARISELLI ANNA CHIARA Università di Bologna RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
GRUPPIONI GIORGIO Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
GUIDOBALDI NICOLETTA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
NEVE MARIO ANGELO Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
NOBILI CLAUDIA SEBASTIANA Università di Bologna RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
PANAINO ANTONIO CLEMENTE   DOMENICO Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
PERANI MAURO Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
RESTANI DONATELLA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
SAVIGNI RAFFAELE Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
TOMASSINI LUIGI Università di Bologna PS - Professore   Straordinario
VESPIGNANI GIORGIO Università di Bologna RU - Ricercatore   Universitario