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Ph.D. in Economic and Business Sciences

The Ph.D. in Economic and Business Sciences aims to develop advanced competencies and research skills in both the theoretical and applied fields of economics, business, statistics and finance. The skills acquired can be applied in such diverse fields as Universities, study and research centers of national and international institutions, research institutions for economic, statistical and financial sciences, public organizations, institutions, private companies and non-profit organizations.

The Doctorate in Economic and Business Sciences is proposed jointly by the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance "Giovanni Anania" (DESF) and the Department of Business and Law (DISCAG), University of Calabria starting from Cycle XXIV.

The Ph.D. in Economics and Business Science is aimed at master's graduates (or those with an equivalent degree) in economics, business, finance, statistics and related subjects with a strong inclination toward scientific research in the topics of interest of the Ph.D. program.

The following Master's degrees (DM 270/204) are requirements for admission to the doctoral program:

  • LM-16 Finance,
  • LM-31 Management Engineering
  • LM-40 Mathematics
  • LM-56 Economic sciences
  • LM-77 Economic and business sciences
  • LM-82 Statistical sciences
  • LM-83 Actuarial and financial statistical sciences.

The following Master's degrees (former DM 509/1999) are also admission qualifications:

  • 19/S (majors in finance)
  • 34/S (majors in management engineering)
  • 45/S (majors in mathematics)
  • 64/S (majors in economics)
  • 84/S (majors in economic and business sciences)
  • 91/S (majors in economic, financial and actuarial statistics);

Bachelor's Degrees (prior to DM 509/1999) are equated to the aforementioned Master's Degrees pursuant to DM 09/07/2009.

A Degree from a foreign university equivalent to one of the above is eligible to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Please consult the call for applications for details.

The primary occupational opportunities for PhDs involve research activities in economics and business, both in the public and private sectors.

In the public sector, the academic field represents the profession most in continuity with the doctoral course. The skills acquired enable PhDs to start in the various paths provided for young researchers both in academia and at research centers in Italy or abroad. 

PhDs will also be able to work as applied economists, policy evaluation experts, public and private management experts, senior managers and consultants in public and private companies, nonprofit enterprises and international bodies.

The skills acquired during the doctoral course of study aim to train professionals with skills that are fully expendable in the private sector. As a result of the overall training course, with an initial period of advanced training and periods of research at universities and international research centers, the Ph.D. student possesses upon graduation the skills in management, decision-making and finance to fully interpret complex business processes.

The doctoral program lasts three years.

First year

In the first year, teaching and seminar activities aim at deepening and completing the doctoral student's scientific knowledge through teachings specifically planned for the course and through cycles of seminars organized by the Ph.D. Board. The purpose of these teaching activities is to enable the strengthening of skills in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics and Business Theory. Ph.D. students are also expected to perfect their English language skills so as to be able to fully participate in the research activities of the international scientific community. To this end, courses are specially organized for doctoral students by the University Language Center.

At the beginning of the first year, a Supervisor belonging to the faculty is assigned to each doctoral student.

The transition to the second year is determined by the Ph.D. Board on the basis of performance in the examinations provided for each compulsory teaching and on the other activities carried out by the doctoral student.

Second year

During the second year, flexible study and research paths are possible, capable of encouraging doctoral students' participation in highly specialized courses of study both in Italy and abroad and participation in applied research activities also within companies and other institutions, public or private. Subject to approval by the Ph.D. Board, study in Italy or abroad may replace the participation in the educational activities carried out at the University of Calabria during the second year. During the second year, the doctoral student is also required to prepare a research report in the form of a scientific paper, which may constitute a chapter or part of a chapter of the Final Ph.D. Thesis.

The research report must be presented and discussed at the end of the second year at the Ph.D. Board for admission to the third year.

Third year

In the third year, the Ph.D. student's activities are largely devoted to the preparation and writing of the Ph.D. Thesis. To this end, the presentation of intermediate results through seminars and workshops is encouraged. The Ph.D. Board may provide that part of the period aimed at writing the final thesis be spent abroad at institutions that represent centers of excellence for the scientific topic under consideration.

During the Ph.D., solid skills are acquired by doctoral students in programming languages specific to research work (R, Stata, Python) as well as in the use of statistical and econometric tools for analysis in economics and finance (Stata, R, SPSS, Anaconda, etc.).

With Rector's Decree n. 1121 of 03/08/2022 the call for applications for the new PhD cycle (XXXVIII Cycle - A.Y. 2022/2023) has been published.

The telematic procedure for the submission of the application for online admission ( will be active from 8 August 2022 and will be unavoidably closed at 12:00 (twelve o'clock-Italian time) on 8 September 2022.

For more information see the page:


Administrative office:

Prof. Fabio Giovanni 0984 492253
Prof.ssa Stefania VeltriDeputy 0984 492126
Dott. Giovanni DoderoTechnical Administrative Referent - 0984 492400
Dott. Davide SpadaforaTechnical Administrative Referent - 0984 492124

Administrative headquarters:

The administrative office of the Ph.D. in Economics and Business Science is located at the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance "Giovanni Anania" of the University of Calabria, Via Pietro Bucci, Cubi 0 / C and 1 / C, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS).


For more information on the Research Doctorates activated at the University of Calabria:

UniCal Research Doctorates Sector: -

Foto Coordinatore Corso di Dottorato in Scienze Economiche e Aziendali - DESF
Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Economic and Business Sciences
Prof. Fabio Giovanni Lamantia
0984 492253
Technical Administrative Referent DESF
Dott. Giovanni Dodero
+39 0984 492400
Technical Administrative Referent DISCAG
Dott. Davide Spadafora
+39 0984 492124

Published: 28/09/2022, 17:00
Riapertura termini bando per l’ammissione ai corsi di dottorato di ricerca XXXVIII ciclo -- A. A. 2022/2023

Decreto N.1298 del 28/09/2022; Scadenza: ore 12:00 (ora italiana) del 12 ottobre 2022

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Published: 16/09/2022, 10:18
Graduatorie di merito / Final evaluations

Ciclo XXXVIII, A.A. 2022/2023 / 38th Cycle, Academic year 2022/2023

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Published: 04/08/2022, 17:50
Bando di selezione pubblica per l’ammissione ai corsi di dottorato di ricerca - XXXVIII ciclo - a.a. 2022/2023

Decreto N.1121 del 3/08/2022; Scadenza: 8/09/2022

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Published: 14/09/2022, 18:25
Risultati della valutazione titoli / Qualifications’ evaluation

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