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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.

Doctorate at the University of Florence

In the academic year 2020/21 the University of Florence is the headquarter of  24 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 (Pegaso); 
    Clinical Sciences; 
    Biomedical Sciences.
  • 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; 
    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.
  • Humanities: Philology, Italian Literature and Linguistics; 
    Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures; 
    Education Sciences and Psychology; 
    History of Art and Performing Arts (Pegaso); 
    Historical Studies.

The University of Florence also participates as a partner in 12 Ph.D. Programmes in consortium agreement with other Italian universities.

  • Ph.D. Pegaso Programmes with headquarters at the University of Pisa
    Classical Studies and Archaeology; 
    Computer Science; 
    Business Administration and Management; 
    Earth Sciences; Smart Industry; 
  • Ph.D. Pegaso Programmes with headquarters at the University of Siena
    Genetics, Oncology and Clinical Medicine; 
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; 
    Molecular Medicine; 
  • Ph.D. Programme with headquarters at the University of Parma
    Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.
  • 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 2020/2021 - Training offer

  • Brochure (pdf) in Italian, updated on 4 January 2021

  • Access to the online registration app.

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)