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Disciplinary and Complementary training

PhD students are required to attend taught components (at PhD level), both disciplinary and complementary which are relevant to their research field. During the three years of their PhD Programme they must earn at least 20 credits (1 credit = 8 hours of lectures) across the different types of activities listed in the following table: 

The Doctoral Teaching Body grants the credits related to the educational activities by assessing annually the training and research activities performed by each PhD student for the purpose of admission to the following year and to the final thesis stage.

Generally, it is not required to earn a minimum number of credits on an annual basis, unless specified by a given PhD programme. Should this be the case, PhD students may be required to attend lectures within their first and/or second year.


PhD students are required to attend taught components which are relevant to their research field(s) and PhD programme.

Disciplinary training includes all lectures offered by the Phd programme in which the student is enrolled and by other PhD programmes run by the University of Trieste or by other partner universities and institutions runing PhD programmes. Please check with your Coordinator the available options for your training plan.

Each year, the University of Trieste organises Doctoral Training activities which give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills beyond the specific disciplines of their chosen PhD programme.

Doctoral Training activities are organised into the following macro areas: improvement of ICT and language skills, research management, knowledge of national and international research systems, technology transfer and protection of intellectual property, research ethics, communication techniques, professional development, and safety and security.

At least 1 credit should be earned through 'third mission' (outreach and research dissemination) activities.

The Doctoral Training activities offered during the academic year 2023-2024 (and the relevant credits) shall be published on this page.

PhD students may also attend activities or courses organised by other universities, research bodies, and businesses as part of their Doctoral Training. The Doctoral Teaching Body is in charge of authorising specific activities and establishing the number of credits they will award for a given activity.

  • National and international summer/winter schools. The Doctoral Teaching Body will establish the relevance of the school to the student’s learning and research goals.
  • Conferences, symposiums, workshops. The Doctoral Teaching Body will establish how relevant they are to the student’s learning and research goals.
  • Additional academic support delivered by the PhD student and authorised by the Doctoral Teaching Body. PhD students can deliver additional academic support activities within the remit of bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. Additional academic support may take the form of practical exercises, tutoring, seminars or workshops, but doctoral students may also assist in scheduled taught courses or activities. Academic support can also be offered remotely through dedicated platforms (eg. remote tutoring or interactive e-learning). The Doctoral Teaching Body is in charge of recognising academic support activities, in accordance with University’s regulations.
  • Third-mission activities, especially when focused on public engagement. The Doctoral Teaching Body will establish their relevance to the student’s learning and research goals.
  • Courses offered within master’s degrees programmes. PhD students may also earn credits by attending taught components offered within master’s degree programmes with the authorisation of the relevant Doctoral Teaching Body.
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Last update: 02-26-2024