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Call and information - 38th cycle - Deadline for applications 20h July 2022 at 12 (midday)


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.

Doctorate at the University of Florence

In the academic year 2022/23 the University of Florence is the headquarter of  26 Ph.D. Programmes in the following areas: Biomedical, Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, Humanities.
  • Biomedical Area
    Drug Research and Innovative Treatments
    Tuscany Ph.D. in Neurosciences
    Clinical Sciences
    Biomedical Sciences
  • Sciences
    Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
    Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Physics and Astronomy
    International Doctorate in Atomic and Molecular Photonics
    International Doctorate in Structural Biology
    Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics
    Chemical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
    Development Economics and Local System (DELoS)
    Legal Sciences
  • Technology
    Architecture and Design Cultures, Knowledge and Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage
    Sustainable Management of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Resources
    Industrial Engineering
    Information Engineering
    International Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    Smart Computing
    Sustainability and Innovation for the Design of Built Environment and System Product
  • Humanities:
    Philology, Italian Literature and Linguistics
    Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    Education Sciences and Psychology
    History of Art and Performing Arts
    Historical Studies

The University of Florence also participates as a partner in 10 Ph.D. Programmes in a consortium agreement with other Italian universities.

  • Ph.D. Programmes with headquarters at the University of Pisa
    Classical Studies and Archaeology
    Computer Science
    Business Administration and Management
    Smart Industry
  • Ph.D. Programmes with headquarters at the University of Siena
    Genetics, Oncology and Clinical Medicine (GenOMec)
    Doctoral Programme in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BiBiM 2.0)
    Molecular Medicine (MedMol)
  • Ph.D. Programme with headquarters at the University of Torino
    Political and Social Change

In the context of the internationalization of research, the University of Florence promotes the development of co-tutored doctoral theses, on the basis of specific collaboration agreements with foreign universities and the institution of International Doctoral programmes with the issue of a double or joint degree (learn more on PhD Programmes and Internationalization).

The Industrial Doctorate and the Higher-Level Apprenticeship Doctorate are highly qualified courses in the field of technology transfer and the relationship with the business world (learn more on Doctorate and Businesses).

Methods of access and notice of competitive examination

International students


Information for doctoral students

Cross skills - Training offer


Notices and news

  • Scholarship from the Intesa San Paolo Foundation to Ph.D. students in Humanities (read about the latest winner on UnifiMagazine - in Italian)


University of Florence PhD regulations

  • Regulation for the accreditation, establishment, and operation of Doctoral Research Programmes (pdf)

  • Rules for the deposit of the Doctorate thesis (pdf)