Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


The CHEI Doctoral Programme  

The CHEI Doctoral Programme is focused exclusively on the Internationalisation of Higher Education and is offered in English. It is aimed primarily at professionals in the field of international higher education who typically continue their careers whilst undertaking their studies. It brings together an international and diverse cohort of participants in residential periods or via electronic media to learn from each other’s knowledge and insights, and seeks to develop “the reflective professional” through a unique combination of academic research and practitioner knowledge.

The CHEI programme has developed a distinctive identity within the framework of the national regulations that govern doctoral studies at the School of Education and the School of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures at Università Cattolica. Members of staff from these Schools contribute to the CHEI programme, which is anchored within the institution. CHEI students also benefit from a wide international network which has been built up over the years.

The regulations for doctoral schools in Italy are largely set by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. The CHEI programme sits within two doctoral schools in Università Cattolica, the School of Educational Sciences and the School of Languages and Foreign Literatures, and CHEI students are instructed by the Director to apply for the programme in one of these two schools, according to their topic. Some academics from these schools contribute to the CHEI programme, although most supervisors and most of the tuition is provided by the wide international network that CHEI has built up over the years.

A normal doctoral programme in Italy must be completed within 3 years of registration (from 1 November of the first year to 31 October of the third year) and extensions are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Undertaking doctoral studies alongside full-time employment therefore requires careful preparation and strong commitment to the programme.

Under specific circumstances an executive PhD programme may also be available in agreement with employers. In this case a PhD can take up to six years. Students considering applying for an executive PhD programme should contact the Centre for further information. 

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