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Doctoral programmes (PhD)  

To be admitted to a doctoral programme you must pass the selection examinations as stated in the call for applications, which are published annually (publishing soon).

At least half of the places on offer are covered by scholarships, which are generally funded by the MIUR (Ministry of University and Research), the University, or by external public and private institutions.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Master's degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification and must demonstrate an English language proficiency at least at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The suitability of the foreign academic qualifications in terms of content is appraised by the Examining Board constituted for admission to each doctoral programme, in compliance with the regulations in force in Italy and in the country in which the academic qualification was issued, and the international treaties or agreements pertaining to the conferment of qualifications for the continuation of studies.

Those without a second-level degree may also apply, but admission to the PhD programme is subject to achieving a second-level degree by 31 October 2018.



The scholarship is granted, in accordance with and by the methods established by existing regulations, in line with the ranking list and consists of an annual gross sum of €16,350. The amount of the scholarship is exempt from IRPEF income tax in accordance with art. 4 of Italian Law no. 476 of 13th August 1984 but subject to social security contributions according to article 2, paragraph 26 et seq., of Italian Law no. 335 of 8th August 1995.

In the event of equal merit, the scholarships are assigned on the basis of the candidates’ economic situation, as expressed by the indicator of equivalent economic situation (ISEE).
The regional study tax and an expenses charge will be deducted from the scholarship for a total sum of  €166.29.

Scholarships have a yearly duration and are renewed if the Teaching committee promotes the PhD student to the following year on the basis of yearly performance.
Starting from the second year, in addition to the scholarship and depending on the financial resources of the University budget, each PhD student is given an amount for research in Italy and abroad suited to the type of course and in any case not less than 10% of the amount of the scholarship itself.

Read the scholarships for information about scholarships request procedure.