The Dottorato di Ricerca (Research Doctorate-Ph.D.) constitutes the third cycle of education provided by the Italian academic system and it is functional to the acquisition of the skills which are necessary to undertake highly qualified research activities in universities, public and private institutions.
The duration of the course is normally 36 months. The call for access to the course is published every year at the beginning of the summer. The title of Dottore di Ricerca (Ph.D.) is awarded after the defence, or discussion, of the final thesis.
Notice of competitive examination
Methods of access
Academic recognition of foreign doctoral degrees
Law 15 of 2022 amended the text of Article 38 of Legislative Decree 165 of 2001, introducing into Italian law the possibility of recognizing - for academic purposes - foreign PhD degrees directly by universities (information on the procedure).
Cross skills - Training offer
Notices and news
More info and forms
(intranet access with university credentials)
University of Florence PhD regulations
Regulation for the accreditation, establishment, and operation of Doctoral Research Programmes (pdf) - from 38 cycle, in Italian
Regulation for the accreditation, establishment, and operation of Doctoral Research Programmes (pdf) - up to 37 cycle, in Italian
- Rules for the deposit of the Doctorate thesis (pdf)
- Complete Regulation (Italian website)