The doctorate in Earth Sciences aims to train researchers able to independently investigate the great variety of disciplines of geosciences. In particular it intends to provide advanced specialized preparation in 1) basic, applied and theoretical research on problems inherent to the structure, composition, evolution and dynamics of the Earth; 2) the characterization and modelling of the Earth System and 3) basic research and applied to the use of the territory, natural hazards, energy and water resources, geomaterials, mineral prospecting and cultural heritage management.

The training program is organized to meet educational and research needs in the wide spectrum of disciplines that characterize the Earth Sciences.

The training period (3 years) includes the attendance of short courses, schools and seminars organized in two curricula or common to both, as well as courses dedicated to the acquisition of transversal skills and which are organized in common for all the University doctorates. Students must develop a research project that will lead to a thesis that will be the subject of a discussion at the end of the training course. The training course is monitored by a tutor who verifies the acquisition of skills and provides guidance in the choice and implementation of the research project of the student.