Public Management & Governance Track


Denita Cepiku

Aim & Scope

The purpose of the PhD in Public Management and Governance is to prepare graduates for high level of leadership in public institutions and to carry out innovative research on management and governance of public institutions and networks.

The program is designed to give the students methodological basis, theoretical knowledge and analytical tools necessary to understand and manage the changing processes in the public sector (governance & accountability, technological, operational and organizational innovation; control systems & evaluation; networking and so on).The main goal of our program consists in enabling students to become independent, creative, and productive researchers by cultivating their skills in a multidisciplinary environment.

The main topics of research activity are the following:

- ITC in public institutions;

- Innovative process in public institutions and related diffusion:

- Governance and accountability in public institutions and entities

- Governance and control of networks between public institutions, profit and non-profit organizations

- Control systems and performance evaluation

- Public accounting and budgeting

- Human relations management

- Public policies analysis and evaluation;

- Strategies and strategic control in public institutions;

- Innovative and project finance for public institutions.

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. At the end of the first year, the Ph.D. candidate present the research questions driving his/her study as well as a systematic literature review on his/her topic.

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. The focus of the second year is the refinement of the research questions and the design of the field research (if applicable).

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.

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 has to be compiled in English.

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.


The Public Management & Governance track enstablished agreements with national and international parteners interested to provide external additional scholarships

Main sporsors that in the previous years provide scholarships are:

  • Federculture
  • ICM