The CHEI Doctoral Programme focuses exclusively on the Internationalisation of Higher Education and has developed a distinctive identity within the framework of national regulations that govern doctoral studies in Italy. Within Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the programme is located in the Doctoral Schools in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Modern Languages. The programme has been conceived for professionals in the field of international higher education who continue their careers whilst undertaking their research. It is offered in English with teaching and supervision provided both by the wide international network that the Centre has built up over the years and academic staff at Università Cattolica.
You will join an international and diverse cohort and participate in the in-person seminars that are run twice a year in Italy, and in the online programme that takes place in between the seminars. In the interim periods, you will study independently with regular on-line supervision and participate in peer learning groups. The programme aims to develop “the reflective professional” by providing you with deeper knowledge, understanding and awareness of what it means to be a practitioner and researcher in international higher education settings and by enabling you to undertake relevant research and create new knowledge that makes an original contribution to the field.
The Italian PhD is a full-time three-year programme and in order to make it possible for you to undertake your studies while working, CHEI has developed its own pathway programme that enables you to extend the period of time to undertake your studies. Nevertheless, undertaking doctoral studies on a part-time basis while working requires careful preparation and strong commitment. For this reason, we encourage you to seek the support of your employer when applying for a doctoral programme in order to facilitate your studies.