PhD program in Electronics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

The institution

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Today almost 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our University. Pavia, as a city-campus, offers students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 University colleges. Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants located 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.

The program

It is a well-established PhD program, dating back to the year 1983, and one of the biggest at the University of Pavia. Originally focused on Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, it subsequently incorporated the area of Electrical Engineering, thus offering a truly multidisciplinary coverage of a broad spectrum of Electrical and Computer Engineering topics. Study programs are structured along three curricula, each of which focuses on up-to-date research subjects: Photonics and Space Communication Systems, Computer Science and Automation Engineering, Electrical Engineering. In these areas, the PhD course offers advanced research courses which are dedicated to emerging research topics and monographic subjects, while cooperation agreements with high-tech companies foster direct experience in technological innovation. The academic steering  board includes several professors affiliated to foreign universities of high reputation. This feature strengthens the international character of the course and facilitates the mobility of scholars and research students. The Electrical Engineering track is an international curriculum in cooperation with the Lodz University of Technology.


  • Photonics, Microwave Technologies and Communication Systems
  • Computer Science and Automation
  • Industrial Engineering

PhD Coordinator: Prof. Ilaria Cristiani

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