The PhD programme (according to the Italian Dottorato di Ricerca) is a postgraduate academic qualification. It represents the implementation of the 3rd cycle of education and training to research (according to the Bologna accord) in the Italian academic system and provides the abilities and competencies required for carrying out highly-qualified research in universities, public institutions and private companies. It also offers a higher professional & research-oriented education for managing and leading technical development for major companies and enterprises, at national as well as European/International level.
The general objective is the education of researchers and experts in the innovative aspects related to the area of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The PhD course is articulated in three curricula:
1. Solid, fluid and material mechanics;
2. Construction design, verification and control;
3. Environment, resources and security.
The program was highly supported by the German DFG since it represented the only one leading to a joint PhD degree funded bi-laterally by an Italian and a German organization.
In 2010 the Region Tuscany launched a call for candidatures to its Universities for granting scholarships to International Doctoral programmes (Progetto PEGASO). After the first successful candidature in 2011, this was the beginning of yearly support of the regional administration to the internationalization of the training to research within the Tuscany Universities. Later on, the PEGASO project has supported and granted, every year up to 5, 3-years scholarships, with the condition of attending a truly international program (i.e. bilateral tutorship, single final examination in front of a joint panel, achievement of a joint or a double degree, 12 months research stay at the foreign partner Institution, etc.).
After the expiration of the GRK 802 in 2012, several other European Universities joined the program by means of individual co-tutorship agreements. Nowadays more than 10 leading Technical Universities or Engineering schools in Europe and abroad (in addition to the TU Braunschweig) are networked with the Universities of Florence and Pisa for awarding a joint or double degree to the scholars of the InDICEE program.