PhD at a glance

PhD is the abbreviation of the Latin expression Philosophiae Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy. It is the highest level of specialised education recognised worldwide. PhD studies prepare students to achieve a high degree of specialisation and expertise in a discipline and to contribute to the development of new knowledge. 


PhD students will also have the opportunity to train in an interdisciplinary and active research environment where they will learn key professional skills, attend lectures and conferences.

In Italy the selection of PhD candidates involves a competitive examination advertised in a yearly call. 


With PhD training students can further widen their career prospects. The expertise gained during PhD studies are not only essential for careers in academia or as specialist researchers in public and private organisations but there are also in high demand with employers in numerous work sectors.