PhD Program in Life Sciences in Italy

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A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.

If a person is interested in applying mathematical techniques and the scientific method to understanding more about the life on this planet, they may be interested in a course within the field of Biological and Life Sciences.

Officially known as the Italian Republic, the country is found in southern Europe. The official language is Italian and the cultural rich capital is Rome. Many of the world's oldest universities are located in Italy, in particular the University of Bologna (founded in 1088). There are three Superior Graduate Schools with "university status", three institutes with the status of Doctoral Colleges, which function at graduate and post-graduate level.

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International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Pisa

The International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations. [+]

The International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations.

The Programme is structured into two curricula:

Curriculum A - Plant genetic resources; Curriculum B - Functional biodiversity in agroecosystems.

Research areas will include the analysis of:

Genetic variation in single genes and entire genomes of agricultural and forestry plants and their wild relatives; Mechanisms that control the variability in genes and/or groups of genes, as those involved in resistance to pathogens and/or pests and tolerance to environmental factors; Role of functional biodiversity in maintaining genetic diversity, including evolution and co-evolution of pests/pathogens and host plants; Role of functional diversity, including interactions between pests/ pathogens/weeds and domesticated/volunteer/wild plants, in agroecosystem health; Plant and crop physiology, including plant stress physiology and post-harvest physiology: Options for applying the acquired knowledge, as a prerequisite for crop improvement, crop protection, sustainable crop/agroforestry management and multifunctional land use. ... [-]

Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiosciences

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Pisa

The Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” is a three-year program characterized by an interdisciplinary connotation and designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community and to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies in economics. [+]

The Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” is a three-year program characterized by an interdisciplinary connotation and designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community and to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies in economics.

The Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” consists in the following curricula:

Genomics and Crop Science (Plant Biotechnology; Plant Genetics; Plant Physiology; Plant Genomics; Crop Sciences; Advanced technologies in Horticulture; Crop production and quality) Agriculture, Environment and Landscape (Multifunctional and sustainable agriculture, Organic and integrated agriculture, Crop production and quality; Agroecosystem management and functional biodiversity; Landscape Agronomy; Multicriteria analysis of food and non-food cropping systems; Agro-environemntal comparison of cropping systems; Agriculture-territory-landscape)... [-]


PhD in Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Campus Full time Part time October 2018 Italy Lucca

One of thefour field-specific curricula is the Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences curriculum. This research-based, multidisciplinary doctorate program focuses on cognitive, computational and social neurosciences. Students will attend multiple courses, including fundamentals in cognitive psychology, behavioral and social neuroscience, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, neural basis of perception, neural basis of consciousness, philosophy of science, critical thinking, structural and functional neuroimaging, and basic/advanced methods for data analysis. [+]

2017/18 PhD program at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Deadline for applications – July 18th 2017, 12 pm (midday)Italian time

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017/18 PhD program at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, one of the six Schools of Excellence in Italy and one of the highest rated graduate schools in Europe according to the most recent E-Multirank survey. Highly motivated candidates from all disciplines are invited to apply for one of the 36 fully-funded scholarships within a doctoral program that integrates scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience and behavioral psychology, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, history and sciences of cultural heritage.... [-]


Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO)

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Center for Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (ICGEB), the University of Trieste and the University of Udine offer a new Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO). [+]

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Center for Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (ICGEB), the University of Trieste and the University of Udine offer a new Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO).

The main mission of JuMBO is to train enthusiastic young scientists from developed and developing countries to use advanced molecular tools with a deeper understanding of their scientific and technical opportunities and limitations. Students who complete this PhD program will have a solid background in the various aspects of Molecular Biology and related methodology, including bioinformatics and structural biology, to efficiently exploit new functionalities for scientific and technical research purposes. Students will benefit from receiving their training in Molecular Biology in the active and exciting research environment of the four prestigious institutions.... [-]


PhD in Theory and Numerical Simulation of Condensed Matter

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

The PhD curriculum in Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter is suited to highly motivated students interested in learning how the microscopic constituents of matters self- assemble to bring about the whole complexity of the states of matter, from molecules to complex solids, [+]

The PhD curriculum in Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter is suited to highly motivated students interested in learning how the microscopic constituents of matters self- assemble to bring about the whole complexity of the states of matter, from molecules to complex solids, and in learning how to model fascinating macroscopic phenomena, from friction to superconductivity and superfluidity, emerging from the collective behaviour of those microscopic agents.

During the first year of their PhD course, students acquire the most advanced tools for modelling and studying states of matter, from ab-initio simulation of real materials and molecules to quantum simulation of lattice models, from the classical statistical theory of many-body systems to its quantum counterpart, and acquaint themselves with the broad research activity carried out at SISSA through more focused and topical courses. This preliminary stage provides students with a common background and all the information they need to decide on the research topic they intend to pursue in their PhD thesis.... [-]


PhD in Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

Understanding the working principles of living organisms and soft matter systems from the basic equations ruling the dynamics of atoms and molecules was considered science fiction until a few years ago, and biophysics was almost unanimously considered a battlefield for phenomenologists. [+]

Understanding the working principles of living organisms and soft matter systems from the basic equations ruling the dynamics of atoms and molecules was considered science fiction until a few years ago, and biophysics was almost unanimously considered a battlefield for phenomenologists. Nowadays, applying rigorous physics to biological processes is no longer a dream. What’s more, it is becoming clear that the next few decades will be the golden age for the “theory of life”, which is expected to undergo the same accelerating growth experienced by other physics disciplines in the past century.

Young scientists attracted by the opportunity to develop and apply concepts, models and methods to explore the still uncharted territory of quantitative biology can take up this challenge in our PhD programme in Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems.... [-]


PhD in Wood Biology and Wood Technology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The international programme on Wood Biology and Technology is a three year study which leads to a Doctoral degree. The intensive, research oriented Ph.D. programme is taught by internationally respected scientists. It is designed for highly qualified students who have studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry etc. [+]

Programme description

The international programme on Wood Biology and Technology is a three year study which leads to a Doctoral degree. The intensive, research oriented Ph.D. programme is taught by internationally respected scientists.It is designed for highly qualified students who have studied forestry, wood sciences, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry etc. To assure a high standard individual training, the number of participants in the programme is limited to 12 students per year.Within the PhD-programme every student mainly works on his or her special research project. He or she becomes part of one of these science groups and is supervised by one of the leading professors. According to the new study regulations each student has two additional tutors (professors) who usually become the co-examiners at the oral exam. PhD-students are entitled to suggest these two persons for this task. One of these persons can be a professor from another university.The students are expected to be able to work and research independently and finally present a major scientific contribution to their field of specialisation. Aside of research work successful applicants have to take part in lessons and practical courses which shall prepare them for leading management positions in the woodworking industry and in research institutes. All compulsory courses are taught in English. The programme is member of the "Georg-August University School of Science" (GAUSS).... [-]


PhD in Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crops and Trees

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The PhD programme „Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology in Crop Production“ forms part of the "Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS)” graduate school. The interdisciplinary programme is conducted by seven different departments from the participating faculties of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biology and is open to PhD candidates with a university Masters degree or diploma in the area of life or environmental sciences, including agricultural and forestry sciences. [+]

The PhD programme "Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology in Crop Production“ forms part of the "Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS)” graduate school. The interdisciplinary programme is conducted by seven different departments from the participating faculties of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biology and is open to PhD candidates with a university Masters degree or diploma in the area of life or environmental sciences, including agricultural and forestry sciences.

Students are given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project in their specialist area. In addition, the programme encompasses lectures, seminars, method courses and language and professional skills courses. Based on this spectrum of courses, students can compile their own individual course of studies. Support in the selection of courses and the related administration is provided by the programme coordinator. ... [-]


PhD in Molecular Biology of Cells

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The doctoral program "Molecular Biology of Cells" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields. [+]

PhD in Molecular Biology of Cells

The doctoral program "Molecular Biology of Cells" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center.The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields.The program accepts students from diverse areas of previous education who share enthusiasm for studying cells. Training is aimed at achieving a comparative understanding of how cell fate and topology are determined, a critical sense of how to apply comprehensive genomic analysis tools, and the ability to set up and test conceptual models for cellular functions.... [-]


PhD in Molecular Biology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 36 months October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The international Master's/PhD Molecular Biology Program is member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), funded by the German Excellence Initiative. It is offered by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) at the University of Göttingen, and is conducted jointly by the participating university departments and research groups, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center (DPZ). The intensive, research-oriented education qualifies the students for professional work in the fields of molecular and cellular biosciences. [+]

Key Features

The international Master's/PhD Molecular Biology Program is member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), funded by the German Excellence Initiative. It is offered by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) at the University of Göttingen, and is conducted jointly by the participating university departments and research groups, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center (DPZ). The intensive, research-oriented education qualifies the students for professional work in the fields of molecular and cellular biosciences.... [-]


PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The doctoral program "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields. [+]

PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry

The doctoral program "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields.The Microbiology and Biochemistry program accepts students who are interested in all problems of microbiology and biochemistry. Training is aimed at achieving a comparative understanding of microorganisms work at a molecular level and how they contribute to interactions in their natural environments; a critical sense of how to apply comprehensive genomic analysis tools, and an ability to set up and test conceptual models for molecular functions.... [-]


PhD in Forestry and Forest Ecology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

Students deepen and broaden their scientific knowledge in forest sciences and forest ecology. The programme consists of following modules: research methods, subject-specific knowledge extension, interdisciplinary topics, PhD colloquium and key qualifications. [+]

PhD in Forestry and Forest Ecology (Dr. forest. / Ph.D.)Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Dr. forest.Standard period or study: six semestersStarting semester: Winter semester or summer semesterAdmission: the admission is limited (application to the faculty)Admission requirements: above-average master degree in related fields and letter of endorsement from professor of the facultyLanguage requirement: German (DHS certificate) or English (must be certified by TOEFL or IELTS), if not native speakerDescription

Students deepen and broaden their scientific knowledge in forest sciences and forest ecology. The programme consists of following modules: research methods, subject-specific knowledge extension, interdisciplinary topics, PhD colloquium and key qualifications... [-]


PhD in Biomolecules: Structure-Function-Dynamics

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters Open Enrollment Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The doctoral program "Biomolecules: Structure – Function -Dynamics" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields. [+]

PhD in Biomolecules: Structure-Function-Dynamics

Degree: Promotion/Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat)/ (Ph.D.)Standard period of study: 6 semestersStarting semester: Summer and winter semesterApplication: limited admission (application to faculty)Language skills: Englisch (proof required)

The doctoral program "Biomolecules: Structure – Function -Dynamics" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center.The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields.The Biomolecules program provides training for doctoral students with a special interest in understanding cellular functions at the molecular level. Students should become experts in studying the structure and function of biomolecules at an atomic or molecular level, and they will also be trained in biophysical chemistry and cell biology in order to understand molecular function in a cellular context.... [-]


PhD in Biological Diversity and Ecology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

The doctoral studies programme qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. [+]

PhD in Biological Diversity and Ecology

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.)Standard period of study: 6 semestersStart of programme: winter or summer semesterAdmission: admission restricted (application with the faculty)Admission for international applicants: admission restricted (application with the university)Terms of admission: interviewLanguage requirements: good knowledge of English (mother tongue/internationally acknowledged certificate/equivalent knowledge)

Course description

The doctoral studies programme qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. It leads to a Ph.D. or a doctorate.The subject in Göttingen: fields, main areas of researchMain areas of study and research with the 19 professorships associated with the Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology... [-]


International PhD in Agricultural Sciences in Göttingen

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Italy Rome Padua + 1 more

This internationally designed course of study is held in English and is intended to lead graduates of agricultural science to a doctorate degree in three years. It is aimed towards German and international students with an international study focus on their research activities. [+]

International PhD in Agricultural Sciences in GöttingenDegree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)Standard period of study: Six semestersStart: throughout the yearApplication deadline: noneAdmission: Limited admission (application to the Faculty)Requirements: Master degree or equivalent in Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Geography or related fieldsLanguage requirements: English (verification required)

Programme description

This internationally designed course of study is held in English and is intended to lead graduates of agricultural science to a doctorate degree in three years. It is aimed towards German and international students with an international study focus on their research activities.In the first year of studies, the courses concentrate on modules that prepare the contents and methods of the research. In the second year, doctoral candidates may return to their home country to acquire the data necessary for their work. Field research is accompanied on site in seminars at partner universities. In the third year - back in Göttingen – the data is evaluated and the dissertation prepared. It is also possible to conduct research activities solely at the Faculty for Agricultural Sciences. During studies, two public colloquiums are specified in which the doctoral candidates introduce the status of their research work. Scientific seminars and lectures during the entire course of the programme offer a forum for the interdisciplinary exchange of all research projects. Workshops convey occupational qualifications such as teamwork, moderating or evaluations techniques.This programme is conducted in cooperation with universities abroad in Indonesia, Thailand, Cuba and Chile.For this programm, you have to enrol at Doctoral Studies for Agricultural Sciences in... [-]