Call for PhD – 2021/2022 Academic Year – XXXVI Cohort

The Call for PhD for the 2021/2022 Academic Year is  now closed.

Eligible Candidates will be contacted soon regarding their interview, that will take place remotely.

Main Objectives

The Ph.D in Business & Behavioural Sciences was born within the context of the latest behavioural and experimental shift that has revolutionized economics and management.

Set with an interdisciplinary approach, the Ph.D aims at giving students the opportunity to learn the founding elements – from an epistemic, theoretical and methodological point of view – of the behavioural sciences and of their application in all of the areas of business (economics, finance, management, accounting, marketing, leadership, organizational behaviour).

In the specific, as regards the ERC descriptors, the Ph.D combines two research fields:

  • “The Human Mind and Its Complexity” (SH4: ¬¨ Cognitive science, psychology, linguistics & philosophy)
  • “Individuals, Markets and Organizations” Area (SH1: ¬¨ Economics, finance & management)¨.


Teaching program:

PhD Students will be allowed to flexibly build their learning path by choosing among the many courses offered from our department, University or external, accredited institutions.

Students will be therefore asked to choose, in addition to mandatory courses in methods and tools, a personalized syllabus that must be approved from their supervisor(s) and PhD Coordinator.

Students will also be asked to attend seminars that are to be considered mandatory.


  1. First-Year Paper:All first-year students are required to present a research proposal to the Faculty by September 30th of their first year and write and turn in a first-year paper by September 30th of their second year.
  2. Second-Year Paper:Students are expected to present a second research proposal to the Faculty by May 15th of their second year and write and turn in a second-year paper by September 30th of their third year.
  3. Third-Year Paper Proposal: Students are expected to write and present a third-year paper proposal by october 31st of their third year

Students involement

The Department of Neurosciences and Imaging sponsors a variety of seminars for the presentation and discussion of current research in Business and Behavioural Sciences.

Speakers include faculty and doctoral students from the University of Chieti-Pescara and other Universities.

These seminars comprise an essential element of the PhD program, and students at all stages of the program are encouraged to participate.


Thesis Defence

At the end of the PhD program each student must write and defend a PhD dissertation.
Students are encouraged to present a ‘three papers’ PhD thesis.