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PhD program in Reggio childhood studies

XXXV cycle - 2019/2020

Duration 3 years
Position 10 position available - 7 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Alberto Melloni
PhD website » www.phdreggiochildhoodstudies.unimore.it
Note One selection procedure.
One position is reserved for employees of the Companies specified by the Call (industrial doctorate).
Admission Expiration date 20/06/2019 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 09/09/2019

Scientific areas

M-PED/03 (Special Didactics and Pedagogy), M-PSI/04 (Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education), M-PED/02 (History of Pedagogy), SPS/08 (Sociology of Culture and Communication), M-STO/07 (History of Christianity and the Churches), M-STO/04 (Contemporary History), M-PED/04 (Experimental Pedagogy), SPS/09 (Sociology of Economics and Labour), M-FIL/04 (Aesthetics), MED/39 (Child Neuropsychiatry), MED/38 (General and Specialised Pediatrics)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 13 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


Doctoral course in Reggio Childhood Studies - from early childhood to lifelong learning.
The course is residential, engaging PhD students full-time as a team together with the teachers and facilities of the Foundation. It prepares qualified scholars concerning research related to space and the environment as an essential element for learning and its syntactic modulation with respect to the cognitive modes of the human beings; neurosciences as hermeneutic disciplines regarding learning and behavior; play and learning in the digital age; meaning making process, hermeneutics and pedagogical documentation; sociology and anthropology; processes and paths for the construction of a learning community; the theory and practice of uniqueness and differences that are built and expressed in social, cultural, anthropological and religious contexts; aesthetic dimensions and material cultures as elements of learning; research on food as a tool and structure for community making.
Through contiguity, immersion and daily presence in the research practice of the Reggio Children Foundation - Loris Malaguzzi Centre, and in line with the educational principles of Reggio Emilia, particular attention will be paid to the transversal historical, sociological and psychological skills that allow the candidates to develop, manage and communicate educational projects.

PhDs scholars in Reggio Childhood Studies will be able to become key figures in the design, organization and coordination of educational services. They will also be able to work as pedagogical consultants in the public and private sectors; as scholars, trainers and evaluators in centers and projects for pedagogical and psycho-pedagogical research; or even in management, orientation, support and control bodies activated by the Public Administration and the private sector.
They will be able to find professional opportunities within public and private, national and international bodies that promote socio-constructivist approaches and methods in educational services dedicated to early childhood and subsequent levels of education.
Last but not least, a plausible professional outlet is academic research, at national and international levels, in numerous locations around the world where the educational experience that will shape the scientific physiognomy of doctoral students is the subject of interest and study.


Three years (01/11/2019 - 31/10/2022)


The course venue is at Reggio Emilia.


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Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed once a year. The admissions will be open in June 10, 2020 (refer to the Call).

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Guide for admission application to Ph.D. programmes

Please complete the application form and submit it electronically following the application guide. A non-returnable administrative fee of 25 euro will be charged. The decision on admission as well as on financial support is published on the web.

For further information please contact

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