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PhD in Statistics and Computer Science

Bocconi University

Within the PhD School at Bocconi University, the 4-year PhD program in Statistics and Computer Science is a high profile and rigorous doctoral program that develops strong mathematical, statistical, computational and programming backgrounds. 

The curriculum is structured into two tracks: Statistics and Computer Science. The first year includes courses that are compulsory for all enrolled PhD students and provide a common methodological background on topics related to real analysis, probability theory, statistics, theoretical computer science and computer programming. During the first year, students will choose between the two tracks. The second year features track-specific and elective specialized courses focusing on topics that may be the subject of the doctoral dissertation. Dedicated mentorship is offered to students throughout their time at Bocconi. Multidisciplinary interchange with other graduate programs in Bocconi’s PhD School, as well as research experience abroad, are also encouraged. 

The Faculty includes internationally acknowledged top researchers in Statistics, Computer Science, Decision Theory, Statistical Physics and Machine Learning. The program also benefits from contributions of authoritative visiting professors who deliver short monographic courses. 

The PhD in Statistics and Computer Science is designed for highly motivated students who wish to undertake first-rate research careers in academia, research institutes and industry. Career opportunities also include central banks, financial institutions, governments and international organizations, and public health institutions. 

Highly qualified and motivated students with MSc degrees in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Physics, Engineering and related areas, as well as other quantitatively-oriented fields, are encouraged to apply for admission. 

Applications can be submitted by candidates of any citizenship who:

  • have completed or are completing their graduate studies and
  • have at least a “proven” B2 (CEFR) level of competence in English 

For the PhD in Statistics and Computer Science, the PhD School offers:

  • a maximum of 7 places with a fellowship;
  • 1 place with a merit-based tuition waiver covering up to 100% of tuition fees

Tuition fees for students without a fellowship or tuition waiver amount to to € 15,000 for year 1 and 2 and € 5,000 for year 3 and 4. 

A minimum of 60 total points out of 100 is required to be eligible for admission to the program. 

See the full official call published on the website for complete information.

Applications are due by 1 February 2022. 

For more information about our program, please visit the website: here.

Interested applicants may also contact the PhD Assistant, Angela Baldassarre ( or the PhD Director, Professor Antonio Lijoi (

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Milan - Italy
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The fellowships merit based amount to 20,000 euros per annum (before social security-INPS contributions)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th October 2021
Closes: 1st February 2022
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