Open competition for the admission to PhD courses - XXXIV Cycle

The notice

Is now available the notice of the Open Competition based on academic qualifications and examinations for admission to Research Doctorate courses XXXIV Cycle – Academic Year 2018/2019. Selection application forms, together with all documents required, must be submitted electronically using only the procedure available on the platform PICA before 23 July 2018, h. 12,00 (Italian time).

Download the notice 2018/19.

Instructions for completing the online application form trough PICA System

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: July 23, 2018 - h. 12.00 (Italian time)

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 in.


All candidates admitted to the Ph.D. courses at the end of the selection procedures, will receive information about the enrolment through E-mail by IUSS Office.

PhD coursesAvailable positions Evaluation

Academic Year 2018/2019


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 Qualification issue Interview results Final ranking list
Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology 10 1** 2 = 2 Evaluation of qualifications results Interview results Final Ranking List
Chemistry 7 = 1 = 4*** Evaluation of qualifications results Interview results Final ranking list
European Union Law and national legal systems 6 1 1 = 2 Evaluation of qualifications results Interview results Final Ranking List

Engineering science

12 = 1 1 5**** Evaluation of Qualifications Interview results Final Ranking List


4 = 1 = 3 Evaluation of qualifications Interview results Final Ranking List

Molecular Medicine

8 = 2 = 2 Evaluation of qualifications results interview results Final Ranking List


10 1 1 1 3* Evaluation of qualifications results Interview results Final Ranking List

Translational Neurosciences and Neurotechnologies

6 1 2 = 3****** Evaluation of qualifications results Interview Results Final Ranking List
  • Physics*= 1 reserved positions for a company's employee in INFN (Laboratori Nazionale di Legnaro),
  • 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*** = 2 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 (Carraro s.p.a), 2 reserved position in collaboration with CT Pack s.r.l. (Ph.D. Course in High Apprenticeship)
  • Humanities***** = 1 reserved position in convention with Hanoi University - Vietnam (Reserved positions in collaboration with foreign Institutions on Doctoral Programmes in Research Development)
  • Traslational Neurosciences and  Neurothecnologies ****** - 1 reserved position for employees at Istituto Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori - IRST
  • 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:

  • Evolutionary Biology and Ecology: administrative headquarters 2018/19 at Università di Parma
  • Economics and Management of Innovation and Sustainability: administrative headquarters 2018/19 at Università di Parma
Expiry dates



Entry online

23/07  h. 12

Italian time

Qualifications issue

see details


see details


12/10 h. 11.30

Italian time

Extra enrollment

12/10 h. 11.30

Italian time