PhD in Political and Social Sciences

Academic Year 2019-2020
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 35
Coordinator Prof.ssa Daniela Giannetti
Language English
Duration 4 years
Positions 11 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrolment period From Jul 02, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2019
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Political and Social Sciences - SPS
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Research topics

 Curriculum 1: Political Science

- Political Theory;
- Authoritarian Regimes;
- Democratic Regimes;
- Democratic Transitions;
- Electoral Politics;
- Parties and Party Systems;
- Political Participation;
- Political Culture;
- Comparative Political Institutions;
- EU Institutions and Policies;
- Public Policy.

Curriculum 2:  International Studies

- International Political Economy;
- International Security;
- Strategic Studies;
- War and Politics;
- Cooperation and Conflict in the International Arena;
- International Organizations;
- Technological Innovation and International Relations;
- Theories of International Relations;
- Africa;
- Americas;
- Asia;
- Eastern Europe;
- Balkans.

Curriculum 3:  Sociology

- Sociology;
- Sociology of Culture;
- Communication;
- Trust and Social Capital;
- Social Media;
- Digital Society;
- Immigration;
- Crime;
- Religion and Society;
- Sociology of Labour.

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
A doctoral degree in Political and Social Sciences enables a career as an academic or other careers with high demand for capacity of developing research at the highest level. Such capacity might also be used to develop autonomous entrepreneurial activities. Potential areas of employment include academic institutions, research institutions, public and private organizations, at the national and international levels.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
De Luigi Nicola Università di Bologna member
Giannetti Daniela Università di Bologna member
Mantovani Debora Università di Bologna member


Alice Università di Bologna member
Sapignoli Michele Università di Bologna member
Tornimbeni Corrado Università di Bologna member
Zambernardi Lorenzo Università di Bologna member
Boldrini Giorgia Comune di Bologna representative of financing body
Ieraci Giuseppe Università degli Studi di Trieste representative of financing body
Alacevich Michele Università di Bologna substitute
Baracani Elena Università di Bologna substitute
Belardinelli Sergio Università di Bologna substitute
Giorgini Giovanni Università di Bologna substitute
Pallotti Arrigo Università di Bologna substitute
Valeriani Augusto Università di Bologna substitute
Learning outcomes
The complexity of contemporary technological and social challenges requires the mastering of advanced research tools. The doctoral programme in Political and Social Sciences is designed to produce rigorously trained social scientists, able to conduct cutting-edge research. The programme combines a common set of courses on the methodology of research along with a training in a specific subfield. The programme has three curricula: Political Science (including Political Theory), International Studies (including Area Studies), and Sociology. The acquisition of common methodological skills allows students to carry out a research project grounded within a specific discipline but also to experiment innovative cross-curricular paths. For instance, the doctoral programme aims at integrating the regional expertise typical of Area Studies with the methodological tools of the social sciences.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The doctoral programme combines an intensive set of courses on the methodology of social research along with an advanced knowledge in one of the subfields corresponding to each curriculum.
In the first and in the second year students will attend a number of courses in the qualitative and quantitative aspects of research, plus a number of elective courses. They also will attend an individualized reading course to develop a research project for their final thesis to be submitted to the Academic Board by the end of the first year. In the second year of the PhD programme, there are further methodological and elective courses. Modules are of 20 hours each, with a total number of 200 hours in the first year and 120 hours in the second year. In the third and in the fourth year students will work at their final dissertation and spend time abroad for research purposes.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Research training activities will be carried out through the methodological courses and other parallel activities (seminars, workshops). The Department will provide an interactive environment where PhD students will present and discuss their research. PhD tudents are encouraged to actively engage themselves in international reserch networks, joining international conferences and workshops. They also must spend periods of time doing research in a foreign university.
Internationalization features
The activities to be carried out by PhD students will take place in the Forlì campus. The campus provides excellent facilities for international students, in terms of proximity to the most well known international master programmes of the Department, and in terms of the opportunity to acquire additional foreign language skills attending courses at the local School of Foreign Languages. The PhD website is in English and provides specific information about the admission procedures to foreign candidates. Compulsory courses are taught in English. The dissertation is also written in English, although the Academic Board might approve usage of different languages in particular cases. PhD students will spend a period of time doing research abroad. Students are encouraged to present their work at international meetings, and to take part in international research networks. The doctoral programme has an agreement with the Radboud Universiteit in Njimegen. Other agreements with foreign universities will be developed. Following the University of Bologna regulations, the Department will allocate resources to help funding international mobility of PhD students.
Expected research results and products
The ultimate goal of the doctoral programme is the dissertation, which must prove the capacity of conducting methodologically sound and original research. Research results must be publishable in peer reviewed top journals.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ALACEVICH MICHELE Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BARACANI ELENA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
BELARDINELLI SERGIO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
BIANCHINI STEFANO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
COLOMBO ASHER DANIEL Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
DE LUIGI NICOLA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GIANNETTI DANIELA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
GIORGINI GIOVANNI Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
IGNAZI PIERO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
MANTOVANI DEBORA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
PALLOTTI ARRIGO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
PROFETI STEFANIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
QUAGLIA LUCIA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
RIZZA ROBERTO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
SAPIGNOLI MICHELE Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
TORNIMBENI CORRADO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
VALERIANI AUGUSTO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
VERBEEK BERTJIAN Università di Njimegen Professore Ordinario
ZAMBERNARDI LORENZO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
ZANATTA LORIS Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario