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PhD Programmes

What it is
The Italian research doctorate (PhD) is the highest academic degree awarded by universities in most fields of study. The PhD programme is reserved to a small number of applicants who are required to hold a master degree (laurea specialistica / magistrale). Admission is based on entrance examinations. Research doctorates (dottore di ricerca) are awarded after a 3 year course.

How It Works
Research doctorate courses are open to everyone with a master's degree (laurea specialistica / magistrale) or similar academic title awarded abroad which is recognised as equivalent to an Italian degree.
The programme aims at training, preparing for scientific research and improving the methodology of research in a specific field. The research doctorate (dottore di ricerca) is awarded after 3 years of study and research activity. In order to complete the PhD programme a dissertation (tesi di dottorato) is required. Each university has its own policies in terms of admission and graduation criteria. The course typology and the educational goals may differ substantially. PhD courses can be activated in collaboration with other universities. Agreements with private or statutory corporations may also be made in order to receive additional funding.

Where It Leads
A research doctorate trains participants to conduct scientific research and provides them with the scientific knowledge and skills required for a successful academic or research career in private/public institutions.

New call for applicants for Research Doctorates is now out. 
Entry date: 1 November 2013
Deadline for applications is 29 July 2013.


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