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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.

Academic year 2022/2023

Notice of competitive examination

  • Call and information - 38th cycle - deadline for application 20th July 2022 at 12 (midday)
  • PhD Scholarhips - Ex D.M. 351/2022 - D.M. 352/2022 (PNRR) - deadline for applications 8th August 2022
  • PhD Scholarships - NextGenerationEU - National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) 2022 - deadline for application 10th November 2022
  • PhD Scholarships - for 5 additional positions - deadline for application 5th December 2022

Methods of access

International students

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).

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)