Prospective PhD students


The University of Turin is one of Italy’s leading research university. Research at Unito aims to generate, disseminate and increase the value of knowledge and create opportunities of social, cultural, scientific and economic development both locally and globally. Strong national and international links with industry, commerce and government make the University of Torino an example of successful social engagement. Innovation, creativity and social responsibility are the key elements that inspire Unito’s research community. 

PhD studies at Unito: how it works

PhD programmes at UniTo are organised into disciplinary fields by four PhD Schools in:

  1. Humanities
  2. Human and Social Sciences
  3. Life and Health Science
  4. Natural Sciences and Innovative Technologies.

The length of a PhD programme is 3 years or 4 years with full-time enrolment. Each new year of enrolment is called “Ciclo” (cycle). 

By undertaking a PhD you will be able to research a topic in depth and contribute to the development of knowledge in your chosen field. You will also have the opportunity to train in an interdisciplinary and active research environment where you will learn key professional skills, attend lectures and conferences. Research activity usually requires an advanced ability to carry out independent structured work, although students are provided with guidance and support by their assigned academic supervisors. 
You will illustrate the results of your work by writing a thesis and defending it in an oral examination.


Applications for PhD positions are open to students of all age and nationality who obtained a second level degree (Master’s Degree level) which gives access to PhD studies. 
The University of Torino selects prospective PhD students through annual open competitions which involve entrance examinations. All information on admission requirements, examinations, PhD programmes, number of positions with or without scholarships are outlined in an official notice called "Call for applications" (Bando di concorso). The Call is generally issued in Spring. 
It is only possible to submit an application to PhD Programmes in reply to a Call for applications

Career prospects

With PhD training you can further widen your 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. 

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