PhD Program in Cognitive and Cultural Systems -Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH)

The program proposes courses in Archaeology, Art History European and International Legislation on Cultural Heritage and Landscape, Museology, Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions, Technologies applied to the valorization of Cultural Heritage. Both research- and practice-oriented courses constitute the program, which aims at educating qualified professionals operating in the concrete field of cultural management and academics. It promotes research by exposing the students to different research approaches and methodologies, through case studies belonging to research fields such as Art History, Classical Archaeology and Museology.

Free on-campus housing in the historical town of Lucca, Italy

Up to 4 years scholarship

International outlook

Why Choosing this PhD




Strong skills

Great job opportunities

International experience

This program will enable graduates to access: Academic career in Archaeology, Art History, Economy of Culture and Management of Cultural Heritage. Public and private Institutions dealing with the concrete management of Cultural Heritage, promotion of Culture and Tourism, organization of cultural events, diffusion and teaching of culture.

AMCH aims at training professionals and researchers in the fields of cultural heritage, providing methodologies and know-hows to conduct innovative research across the broad spectrum of these areas. The program proposes both research-and practice-oriented courses in Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Heritage and Global Law, Museology, Philosophy, Visual Culture, Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions, Technologies applied to the valorization of Cultural Heritage. 

The IMT School for Advanced Studies is in Lucca (Italy), a historical city in the Tuscany Region, well-connected by the airports in Pisa and Florence. IMT stands for Institutions, Markets, Technologies, and it is one of the 6 public schools for advanced studies in Italy, focusing on post-graduate studies. All the courses and research activities are held in English. We had PhD students from all over Italy and from countries all over the world.

What AMCH offers

  • International, vibrant, and interdisciplinary research environment
  • Off-site lectures in museums and cultural sites
  • Opportunity to meet leading researchers visiting IMT every year
  • Free single-room accommodation
  • Daily free meals (lunch and dinner) at the IMT canteen
  • Participation in exchange programs
  • Double-degree programs
  • Scholarship for up to 4 years - monthly payments

Application process

Online application

Applicants must fill out the online application form by July 27th, 2022 at 12 pm (CEST)


First screening

The shortlist of candidates selected for the interview will be published by the end of August



The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in September



Admissions will be communicated by early October 


What our alumni say about us

"The AMCH track offered me an active scientific milieu that has contributed to my professional growth in several aspects. At IMT, I benefited from undertaking a stimulating program that empowered me to manage both research and field activities focused on refining skills and enhancing experiences. IMT intense training courses challenged me to work with cultural institutions at different levels and conduct research with colleagues worldwide, always guided by senior academic specialists in a positive and encouraging human environment."

"IMT Lucca combines the best facets of the Italian academic tradition, the Italian cultural context, and an international research hub. As an American lawyer with a proposed PhD project on fashion, law, and heritage in Italy I was searching for an academic community that embraced interdisciplinarity and comparative dialogue while providing new forms of analysis, knowledge, and institutional support. At IMT I found treasured colleagues, generous professors, and a network of contacts that still shape my research."

Felicia Caponigri

Elena Pontelli

Term Teaching Professor and Director, International & Graduate Programs at Notre Dame Law School, Indiana, USA

Research Collaborator IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

About IMT

The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is one of the six Schools with a special status provided by the Italian public university system.

The campus model, interdisciplinary research, relationship with the local area, research, technology transfer and internationalization are the pillars on which the identity of the IMT School is based.

The IMT School offers three PhD programs: Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences - Cultural and Cognitive Systems - Systems Science. Each PhD program is organized into one or more tracks: Computational Mechanics - Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences - Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage - Learning and Control - Complex Systems and Networks - Museum Studies - Software Quality.

The IMT School also offers executive courses and academic programs implemented in collaboration with other universities and research institutions.

Other PhD positions

Museum Studies 


Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN)

Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences (EADS)

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  3. Course list
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Phone: +39 0583 4326530