PhD in Risk and Emergency Management, Pavia, Italy

Deadline: 14 March 2013
Open to: Graduates and professionals with an interest in the assessment, mitigation and management of extreme events
Scholarship: Around 1100€/month


The 2013/2014 edition of the Risk and Emergency Management (REM) curriculum of the PhD Programme in Understanding and Managing Extremes (UME) is being offered by the UME Graduate School of the IUSS Pavia to train graduates and professionals in the assessment, mitigation and management of extreme events, with a particular focus on those arising from natural hazards.

The unique characteristics of the programme include the broad, interdisciplinary curriculum that includes topics of statistics and probability, law, economics, resource management, natural hazards and risk, finance, insurance, sociology, communication, psychology, public health and medicine, and the innovative teaching structure which allows renowned lecturers from around the world to make up the teaching body.

Application requirements

The minimum requirement to apply for the REM Programme is a University Degree, preferably in Engineering, Geophysics, Physics, Economics or similar. Professional experience in risk assessment, mitigation or management will be favourably evaluated. Admission to the programme depends on academic qualifications, past professional experience, reference letters and English proficiency, all of which should be included in the online submission procedure described above.

During the online application procedure the applicant will also be asked to indicate the name and email address of three referees. The online system will automatically contact these referees in order to obtain the reference letters. The applicant may enter the system at any time before the submission of the application to check whether the reference letters have been submitted or not.

Note that the degree certificate(s) should explicitly indicate attended modules and grades obtained. If the documents are not written in English, a translation of their contents is requested.

With respect to English proficiency, applicants are asked to submit any documents attesting that they possess adequate proficiency of English language. Such documents may consist of:

  • a score of at least 88 (internet-based exam), 230 (computer-based exam), 570 (paper-based exam) in the TOEFL test;
  • a score of 6 or more obtained with IELTS;
  • a degree obtained in an English speaking environment;
  • other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to those listed above.

When required, the applicant, or the indicated referees, may be contacted with a view to obtain further information. As a general rule, MSc applicants will not be interviewed.

If an applicant is admitted to the programme, he/she will be asked to send original copies of the aforementioned documents to the IUSS Graduate Office by post.

Program overview

The PhD Programme has been designed to deal with three main areas:
  • disaster risk assessment, focusing mainly on natural hazards such as earthquakes hurricanes, fires, landslides and floods (with possible extensions to the topics of climatology, desertification, human-made and technological risks etc.)
  • extreme situation management, which includes topics of statistics and probability, law, economics, resource management, finance, insurance, sociology, ethics, psychology and medicine.
  • engineering for risk mitigation, which includes topics on engineering to increase the capacity of buildings and infrastructure to withstand the demands from extreme events.
The doctoral programme aims to train graduates and professionals in the assessment, mitigation and management of extreme events (both before and after they occur), with a particular focus on those arising from natural hazards though some aspects of human-made, technological and biomedical risk will also be covered.
Key characteristics of the programme
  • Exclusive international exposure, broad and interdisciplinary curricula;
  • Unique opportunity to work with highly motivated and skilled students coming from all over the world, guided by the most important and highly qualified academics and professionals in the field.
The UME PhD programme features three curricula:
  • Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE)
  • Risk and Emergency Management (REM)
  • Weather Related Risk (WRR)

How to apply

Interested applicants are asked to register with the IUSS online application system using a valid email address.

A message will be sent to the provided email address, with a verification link, which will take you again to the application start page. At this stage you will get a second message with a password. At the end of this security procedure, you will have a username (i.e. your email address) and a password to enter the online submission system and start your application.

You do not need to compile the application form all at once, as long as you ‘Update your application form’. Any new information introduced will remain stored in our database and will thus be fully accessible the next time you log in. You will be able to delete, edit or modify any previously entered data.

In order to complete the application form you must upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae et studiorum
  • Copy of diploma certificate(s) (in Italian or English)
  • Transcript of attended courses and professional qualifications (in Italian or English)
  • Copy of passport or national identity card
  • English language test certificate (or waiver referring to previous courses, work experience in English speaking countries, etc.)

Once you have finished providing all the requested data, you can ‘Submit your Application’. Please note that once you have submitted your application you will no longer be able to make changes.

Applications for the academic year 2013/2014 will close on March 14, 2013, at 12:00, Italian time.


The participation costs of the doctoral programme are 6,000 Euro per academic year. However, as a rule, all PhD students admitted to the School every year are provided with a tuition waiver and, therefore, do not pay any tuition fee.

In addition, candidates admitted to the UME School are generally awarded a doctoral scholarship worth about 1,000 Euro net per month. The duration of the scholarship is 36 months and can be increased by 50% during periods abroad. The scholarship is sufficient for covering all general living and accommodation expenses.

More information can be obtained from the official website.

One thought on “PhD in Risk and Emergency Management, Pavia, Italy

  1. Thank you for giving such chance for International students. i am very happy when i saw this announcement. i hope that i will succeed this opportunity.
    keno Adisu
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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