The doctoral programme in Sociology and Social Research (SRS) was established in 1981 with the aim of providing state-of-the-art research training and advanced professional skills in sociology and social research. It joined the School of Social Sciences in 2011.
The PhD programme provides a solid basis in the discipline, including a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods, in an interdisciplinary research environment. Since its foundation the programme has placed special emphasis on theoretically driven empirical sociology. In particular the PhD programme educates professionals that are able to apply their knowledge in an interdisciplinary fashion in various areas covered by the department, such as: epistemology of the social science, sociological theory, social stratification and inequalities in relation to gender, education and cohort, comparative welfare systems and their evolution, social networks, social and political change, the sociology of labour markets and the evolution of employment systems in comparative perspective, sociology of migration, sociology and demographics of the family, analysis of value change and of political behavior, sociology of organizations.
The goal of the doctoral programme is to qualify its alumni for high level positions in academia, as well as in the public and private sector.
The PhD programme offers students a stimulating international research environment and important opportunities, not least through an international network of high quality.
Beyond a wider range of teaching and research opportunities, SRS offers an intensive calendar of seminars and conferences including distinguished scholars from an international context.
The official languages of the doctoral programme are English and Italian and it has a duration of three years.