The primary objective of this PhD Course is the acquisition of knowledge and skills required for high qualification research activity, aimed at optimizing analysis methodologies and for the development of innovative technologies in the advanced sectors of civil, chemical and process engineering, environmental, materials engineering and industrial biotechnology. In particular, it is an advanced training path aimed both at the formation of researchers for institutional research bodies, and for the creation of figures capable of bringing innovation in the technological and industrial fields.


General structure


The PhD program is organized in 4 curricula, focusing on specific areas of interest for the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering:

  1. Engineering of Infrastructure, Resources and Territory
  2. Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Chemical and Process Engineering
  4. Materials Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology


Students are assigned to one curriculum based on the main topic of their research program. Corss-curricula / multidisciplinary approach in resarch is however appreciated in the developemnt of the project.

The PhD program avails of collaboration with enterprises and other universities at national and international levels. A period abroad of 6 month is normally required.


Job opportunities and potential areas of employment

Carrer opportunities are related to all the positions requiring senior researchers who are able to manage, co-ordinate and carry out research and development projects in all the typical fields of civil, or chemical, or environmental and Materials engineering and industrial biotechnology. In the academic 2012/2013, the PhD programme in Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering and that in Chemical, Environmental and Safety Engineering merged by giving rise the new programme PhD@DICAM. Most of the PhD students who attended in the last years obtained a professionally satisfying employment at public or private bodies: public administration, utilities management agencies, professional companies, research institutes. Around 20% of the employments were obtained abroad. Around 40% remained in the academic environment at the University of Bologna or others, obtaining a permanent position or a temporary position within project contracts.

PhD Cycles


The PhD program has a duration of 3 years.

Students are identifyed by the year of enrollment as a "PhD cycle". The cycles currently active are:

  • XXXV (students enrolled in year 2019-2020)
  • XXXVI (students enrolled in year 2020-2021)
  • XXXVII (students enrolled in year 2021-2022)


The new cycle (XXXVIII) is currently under accrediation by the Ministry of Education. The program will start on 1 November of each year.

The call for student application is avalible in May or April. Check here for updates on the upcoming call.