The PhD Course in "Energy and Sustainable Development" is characterized by a strong multidisciplinary approach, allowing it to be addressed to graduates from various disciplines, from engineering to biotechnology, from agriculture to occupational medicine.
The course is held at the Biomass Research Center, structured section of CIRIAF (Interuniversity Research Center on Pollution and Environment "M.Felli"), which has its administrative headquarters at the Engineering Pole of the University of Perugia.
The training and research activities of the course are mainly organized and carried out at this location. The course lasts three years, the structured teaching activity is concentrated in the first two years, while the third year is more oriented to the research activity aimed at writing the PhD thesis.
The completion of the course is given by the acquisition of 180 ECTS in the three-year period, obtainable, in addition to attending the courses of structured teaching (30 compulsory ECTS), participating in other seminars and conferences, relating the carried out research activity to conferences, publishing scientific articles, obtaining patents, organizing conferences, carrying out supplementary teaching or tutoring activities, drawing up the annual reports and the PhD thesis, and obviously through the hours of assisted research certified by the tutor.

The course is divided into two curricula:
- Energy and environmental comfort, where training and research activities are planned aimed at the study of technologies for the production and conscious use of energy, the analysis of innovative solutions for energy efficiency, the evaluation of the impacts of the aforementioned technologies and devices on environmental comfort and health.
- Energy and resources from agriculture and territory, where training and research activities are planned aimed at the study of energy solutions for the agricultural sector, the sustainable promotion of the territory and the mitigation and monitoring of the related risks, the analysis of the resources available in the agricultural and territorial sector for the purposes of a rational use of energy.