Doctoral research (PhD) programmes

Doctoral research programmes are postgraduate university programmes providing specialised training to those who wish to undertake advanced research.

The academic pathway includes the definition and development of a research project - through advanced teaching programmes and individual in-depth studies, in many cases also involving cultural exchanges with other Countries - and results in the production of a thesis based on original experimental work.

Duration

These are 3 or 4 year programmes. Attendance is mandatory.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to a doctoral programme applicants must:

  • hold a Master's degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification (or a Diploma for those who graduated before Ministerial Decree 509/99 entered into force);
  • pass the admission tests, as indicated in the calls for application published annually by the University;
  • have certified level B2 proficiency or better in the English language, or in other languages indicated in the call for applications.

Qualification awarded an employment prospects

The Doctoral degree is awarded on passing the final exam, during which students defend their doctoral thesis. The degree allows access to the world of scientific research, mainly in the academic world but also in independent research centres  and production facilities.

The funding for doctoral scholarships can come from a range of companies and organisations.