The Dottorato di Ricerca (Research Doctorate-PhD) 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 of 36 months, starting date being scheduled at 1 November for every academic year. The admission is through a public competitive examination.
The title of Dottore di Ricerca (Ph.D) is awarded after the defence (or discussion) of the final thesis and upon completion of all the procedures necessary to finalise the candidate's career.
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.
In the academic year 2020/21 the University of Florence is the headquarter of 24 Ph.D. Programmes in the following areas: Biomedical, Scientific, Social Sciences, Technological, Humanistic.
Drug Research and Innovative Treatments;
Tuscany Ph.D. in Neurosciences (Pegaso);
Physics and Astronomy;
International Doctorate in Atomic and Molecular Photonics;
International Doctorate in Structural Biology;
Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics;
Social Sciences Area:
Development Economics and Local System (DELoS);
Architecture and Design Cultures, Knowledge and Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage;
Sustainable Management of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Resources;
International Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Pegaso);
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences;
Smart Computing (Pegaso);
Sustainability and Innovation for the Design of Built Environment and System Product.
Humanistic Area: Philology, Italian Literature and Linguistics;
Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures;
Education Sciences and Psychology;
History of Art and Performing Arts (Pegaso);
The University of Florence also participates as a partner in 12 Ph.D. Programmes in consortium agreement with the following Italian universities: Pisa, Siena, Parma and Torino.
- Ph.D. Pegaso Programmes with headquarter at the University of Pisa:
Classical Studies and Archaeology;
Business Administration and Management;
Earth Sciences; Smart Industry;
- Ph.D. Pegaso Programmes with headquarter at the University of Siena:
Genetics, Oncology and Clinical Medicine;
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
- Ph.D. Programme with headquarter at the University of Parma:
Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.
- Ph.D. Programme with headquarter at the University of Torino:
Political and Social Change.
Academic year 2020-2021
Call and information | Deadline for applications 10th July 2020 at 12 (midday)
PhD programme and Internationalisation
PhDs and Business
Complementary Skills 2020/2021
University of Florence internal reference regulations
- Regulations for the accreditation, establishment and operation of PhD courses D.R. 670/2013 (pdf in Italian)
- Regulations for the registration of the PhD thesis D.R. 1238/2012 (pdf)