PhD Program in
The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Cultural Systems is an international Ph.D. program hosted by the IMT School, one of the seven Schools of Excellence in Italy, and ranked among the highest of the top graduate schools in Europe, according to the most recent U-Multirank ranking. The IMT School provides rigorous training and close supervision in various humanities, sciences, and technological disciplines, welcoming multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches at their boundaries.
The IMT School is a truly international environment with students from all around the world. The School has a record of placing students in top research universities, policy-making institutions, and companies. English is the official language of the School.
The PhD program in Cultural Systems
The Ph.D. Program Cultural Systems constitutes a unique multidisciplinary environment. It trains students to undertake cutting-edge research in the many scientific fields related to cultural systems and to operate as high-level, innovative cultural heritage professionals. It offers two tracks, Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) and Museum Studies (MUST). Both research- and practice-oriented courses are in the program, which aims at opening career paths in Academia, museums, cultural institutions, creative industries, and private companies. Students are encouraged to spend part of their training abroad within the Erasmus+ framework and ad hoc mobility agreements.
Scholarships and funding
All students enrolled in the Ph.D. program receive a scholarship of €1,353.58/month, including pension contributions and a net salary of €1,195.48/month for three years, extendable up to four years.
For the entire duration of the three-year program, all students are offered on-campus housing and meals at the IMT canteen for free, which can be valued as an additional benefit of at least €800/month.
Students receive additional financial support for mobility abroad, participation in international academic conferences, summer and winter schools, and similar events.
Accommodation, desk and meals
The campus, which is entirely accessible, is fully equipped with a variety of amenities, including areas for relaxation and socializing, coffee corners, a dedicated Turkish bath, a fitness spot, a leisure room featuring several entertainment facilities (such as foosball and ping pong tables, PlayStation consoles, and board games), kitchenettes equipped with a cooker, microwave, and dishwasher, and laundry rooms.
All students are provided with hotel-like shared double rooms, regularly serviced for three years.
Additionally, all students have free lunch and dinner every day of the year at the canteen located on the IMT campus for three years.
Input and output profiles
Both AMCH and MUST tracks aim to provide specific know-how to prospective researchers and professionals operating in the fields of cultural heritage, museums, and organization /policy-making/ management of culture.
Prospective students should preferably have an undergraduate background in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or ICT related to Cultural Heritage and Culture. AMCH and MUST will enable graduates to access both Academic and professional careers in academic, public institutions, and private companies operating in the field of Cultural Heritage and Culture (research and educational careers, curatorial careers, managerial careers, administrative careers, policy making in the Cultural sector, promotion of Culture and Tourism, organization of cultural events, communication, diffusion and teaching of culture).
What Cultural Systems offers
International, vibrant, collaborative multi- and cross-disciplinary research environment
Training in innovative thinking, curiosity driven research, project-oriented approach, applied research approach
Rigorous training in analysis and management of cultural heritage and museums studies
Methodological, theoretical and applied science approach, field trips, direct contact with cultural heritage, cultural institutions and companies, direct involvement in scientific cultural heritage projects
Opportunity to meet leading researchers that visit IMT every year
Free double room accommodation for 3 years
Desk in the campus
Every day free meals (lunch and dinner) at the IMT canteen for 3 years
Scholarship €16,243/year for up to four years
Participation in exchange programs
Double degree programs