Open competition for the admission to PhD courses - XXXIII Cycle

The notice

Is now available the notice of the Open Competition based on academic qualifications and examinations for admission to Research Doctorate courses XXXIII Cycle – Academic Year 2017/2018. Selection application forms, together with all documents required, must be submitted electronically using only the procedure available on the webpage: before 1 August, h. 23.59.
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Fellowships with specific research topics form

Instructions for completing the online application form are available on the guidebook.  All  documents required for the selection must be uploaded following the online procedure. Candidates applying for more than one Ph.D. course must submit more than one application, attaching all the necessary documentation to each application. The competition is toll-free. No limitation of age and citizenship applies.

Deadline: August 1, 2017 - h. 23.59 GMT +1

For each of the aforementioned courses, research topics, available places, admission requirements and specific information on the selection and evaluation criteria pertaining to the creation of the ranking tables are available in the table below, selecting the course you are interested.

PhD coursesAvailable positions
Academic Year 2017/2018 - XXXIII Cycle With grant

Reserved with grant

Candidates awarded

with a foreign institution degree

Without grant

Reserved without grant

Candidates awarded

with a foreign institution degree

Specific categories

Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology

4 3** 0 2 2


5 2 1 1 3***

Engineering science

5 2 1 1 8****

European Union Law and national legal systems

5 1 0 2 3******

Evolutionary Biology and Ecology

8 2 1 1 2


2 1 4 0 5*****

Molecular Medicine and Pharmacology

5 1 0 1 2


6 2 1 1 4*

Translational Neurosciences and Neurotechnologies

5 2 2 0 2
  • Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology** = 1 reserved position funded by ICGEB for Candidates coming from Country Members linked to International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology,
  • Chemistry*** = 1 reserved position for a company's employee of high qualification (Aptuit s.r.l.),
  • Engineering science**** = 1 reserved position for a company's employee of high qualification (TRW Automotive Italia srl), 1 position for a companies active in high qualification activities (Ph.D. Course in High Apprenticeship), 4 reserved positions for Development Cooperation with Universidad Politecnica Salesiana (UPS),
  • Humanities***** = 2 reserved positions for Development Cooperation with Universidad Politecnica Salesiana (UPS), 1 reserved position for Development Cooperation with Hanoi University - Vietnam,
  • Physics* = 2 Positions reserved for employees of Public Research Institute/Centre (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
  • European Union Law and National Legal SyStem****** - 1 reserved position for Development Cooperation with Hanoi University - Vietnam

Reserved positions are to be assigned to the following Candidates' categories: Candidates holding a foreign institution degree.

Reserved positions for specific categories for every course also include positions reserved to Candidates holding a Scholarship with a foreign institution and/or linked to specific International Mobility Programmes.

For further information see the sheets of every Ph.D. Course.

Applicants must hold one of the following qualifications before this announcement deadline: an Italian degree known as “Laurea specialistica/magistrale” or a degree awarded prior to approval of Ministerial Decree D.M. n. 509 of 3 November 1999, updated with D.M. n. 270 of 22/10/2004, n. 270; Master’s (second level) degree; an equivalent foreign academic qualification awarded abroad. Candidates with foreign qualifications, those included in international mobility programs and foreign scholarship holders can apply for positions reserved specifically for them if allowed in the PhD courses description sheets. These potential reserved positions will be expressed in the specific PhD Course description sheets (for candidates residing abroad, in order to find out if there is the  possibility of carrying out the interview by videoconference over Skype or similar tools - through webcam - please refer to the description sheet of each research doctorate). The research topics and more information are available on the webpage of the PhD courses.

Please be careful:  for the admission to PhD course in Architecture and urban planning or Earth and Marine Sciences there are 2 special competitions.

Affiliated courses at other universities:

  • Economics and Management of Innovation and Sustainability: administrative headquarters 2017/18 at Università di Parma
Expiry dates



Entry online

1 aug h.23.59

Qualifications issue

see details


see details


13/10 h.11.30

Replacement form

13/10 h.11.30

Extra enrolment

20/10 h.17.00