Banking & Finance Track

Gianni Nicolini

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Aim & Scope

The Program has a length of three academic years and aims to develop:

- the consolidation of knowledge on the fundamental issues of the management of financial intermediaries, according to an integrated approach, focusing on cultural openness and the capacity to study problems with new approaches, combining different and multidisciplinary analysis perspectives;

- the further investigation of specific issues in the field of the management of financial intermediaries, in order to push forward the frontiers of knowledge, with cutting-edge and significant implications for the entire theoretical and/or operational context. At present, the Program has a focus on the following subject matters and encourages Ph.D. candidates to provide a distinct and original contribution to research in one as the following fields:

-  Consumer Finance

-  Corporate governance for financial institution

-  Real Estate finance

-  Relationship between banks and firms

-  Role of media in the financial sector

- opportunities for working in research networks, at national or international level, of significance for the student’s research interests;

- the capacity to organize, carry out and finalize study and research projects – both individually and as the member of a team – and to discuss and assess the results;

- the capacity to report and present the results of a study project, in writing and orally.

Program Description

Ph.D. candidates are required to take part in the scheduled activities, namely, (i) attendance of lectures, and (ii) the completion of a research project, individually and/or as a member of a team, aimed at finalizing the doctoral thesis.

Generally speaking, PhD candidates accrue credits, as follows: 120 ECTS for the thesis; 50 ECTS for attendance of lectures; 10 ECTS for supplementary and other training activities (overall credits 180 ECTS).

Individual study plans may provide for sections of the Program to be undertaken at other Universities or research institutes, in Italy or elsewhere, for a period of no more than one year. The Program encourages Ph.D. candidates to take part in international conferences and/or visiting period.

The Faculty assigns to each Ph.D. candidate a ‘supervisor’ responsible for supervising the student’s research work, and a tutor, usually selected from among the Ph.D and/or senior Ph.D. candidates, whose task it is to assist the junior Ph.D. candidates in carrying out the scheduled activities.

Ph.D. candidates shall be required to submit an annual report on their class and scientific work, to the Faculty, and, at the end of each year, the Board shall assess each Ph.D. candidate, based on the abovementioned report and the results of the research activities and examinations, and decide whether to pass him or her to the following year or to the final examination.


The 1st year of the Program focuses on consolidating the Ph.D. candidate’s basic knowledge of the principal research work conducted in the abovementioned topics, and to further investigate individual specific study areas, also aimed at selecting the theme for an individual research project, by attending the events promoted by the Program and the partner Universities, enabling the accrual of the necessary credit points for the various Program activities.

During the first year each Ph.D. candidate shall submit a research theme, from among the Program subjects, at a personal workshop. The research theme is selected with the Director’s assistance, taking account of the research student’s research interests and study/professional experience.

During the year, the Ph.D. candidate must also define the theme of his or her thesis, by presenting/discussing a document focusing on the research queries. It is on this occasion that the Faculty appoints a supervisor and a tutor for the research student.

During the first (and the second) year, interviews and exams are also conducted, on the themes relating to the Ph.D.’s program of activities, by the Director and/or the relevant professors. The results of these interviews and exams are taken into account, together with the annual report submitted by the research student, in assessing whether to pass him or her to the next year of the Program.

In the 2nd year of the Program, the Ph.D. candidate continues his/her study and research activities, also by spending a period of study at another University, business, (public or private) research institute, in Italy or elsewhere, subject to the prior authorization of the Director and acting on the proposal of the supervisor.

During the year, each Ph.D. candidate shall be required to:

a) submit a research proposal for his or her thesis, by means of a ‘position paper’, so-called because it outlines the position of the selected theme with respect to the relevant subject matter (with a specific review of the relevant literature);

b) submit a ‘spring paper’ setting out the theoretical reference model and a discussion of the sources of the data used for empirical evaluation purposes.

The abovementioned papers must be presented to the other Ph.D. candidates and the teaching staff at special seminars organized within the Program.


In the 3rd year of the Program, the Ph.D. candidate must focus on the compilation of the doctoral thesis and the preparation of the related final discussion.

During the year, Ph.D. candidate shall be required to:

a) present an autumn paper with a discussion of the first results of the empirical analyses;

b) organize an intermediate workshop, with the preliminary presentation of the final results of the thesis project;

c) organize a final workshop, consisting in one or more seminars for the final presentation of the research work to the Faculty.

Subsequently, the Ph.D. candidate, with the assistance of the supervisor and tutor, shall be required to write his or her doctoral thesis, according to the required standards; deliver it to the Evaluation Committee appointed by the University President; and discuss it, at the final examination, in order to obtain the qualification of Ph.D..

Ph.D. candidates  shall qualify as Ph.D. if they pass the final examination, which may be repeated only once. The doctoral thesis may also be compiled in a foreign language, subject to the authorisation of the Faculty.

Teaching is an integral component of the training of the doctoral Ph.D. candidates  from the 2nd year. Ph.D. candidates, therefore, may be asked to provide limited teaching support, with respect to the Program courses or to other (first or second level) courses. Teaching support, however, is optional and, as a rule, unremunerated; however, it may exempt the Ph.D. candidate from the payment of the admission and attendance fees.

Based on the Ph.D. candidate’s scientific interests, and on the needs of the research activities, with respect to the compilation of the doctoral thesis, the research student attending the 2nd or 3rd year of the Program may also take part in 1st year activities, after having notified the Director. In any case, Ph.D. candidates shall be required to take part in the organization of the various activities, including peer reviews of the works submitted by other Program participants.


The Banking and Finance track enstablishes agreements with national and international parteners interested to develop research projects in one of its distinctive fields. Research projects are coordinated by faculty members of the Ph.D. and the research groups includes both Ph.D. and Ph.D. candidates.

Main sporsors are: 

  • Assifact 
  • Assofin 
  • Experian 
  • Investire Immobiliare
  • IPD 
  • NedCommunity 
  • Nomisma 
  • Sorgente