PhD programmes are the third and highest level of university education in Italy.
Candidates are admitted to the programmes by a competitive application process. At the end of the three- or four-year period of study, graduates are awarded with the title of dottore di ricerca (PhD) after successfully defending their thesis.
The objective of a PhD is to learn good methodology for advanced academic or scientific research that can be applied at universities, public authorities or private institutions, or to acquire highly specialised professional knowledge to use in a company.
In the context of internationalising research, the University of Verona actively supports international PhD programmes, thesis co-tutoring and the issuing of the additional Doctor Europaeus certificate, as per specific collaboration agreements with foreign universities. It is also possible to be employed in a company on an advanced research apprenticeship contract and work towards your PhD at the same time.
PhD ProgrammesAvailable courses in the four areas
1 ESR Position - PhD Programme in Biotechnology
The group of Organic Chemistry and Nanobiointeractions of the Department of Biotechnology, led by Prof. Roberto Fiammengo within the framework of the EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska - Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project “DIRNANO - Directing the Immune Response through designed NANOmaterials” employees an Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) for position ESR09 - "Development of therapeutic cancer nanovaccine candidates”. The ESR09 is enrolled in the doctoral programme of Biotechnology (PhD in Biotechnology) of the University of Verona.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956544.
The ELIT network opened a call for applications within the framework of the ELIT project (Empiricalstudy of Literature Training Network), coordinated by the University of Verona, for 10 PhD positions, . Each early-stage researcher is enrolled in a doctoral programme leading to a double/joint doctoral degree involving two universities.
One position is at the University of Verona (UNIVR) and VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
The Empirical Study of Literature Innovative Training Network (ELIT) is an EU network whose mission is to provide a Joint/Double Doctorate level training programme, on innovative approaches applied to literary reading in the digital age. This interdisciplinary programme will train future research leaders with the capability to address the needs of improving literacy rates and mental wellbeing in European society.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860516.Website
- Students enrolled in the final year of a Medical Postgraduate Specialisation run by the University of Verona are permitted to participate in PhD entrance examinations. Joint attendance is allowed only if the winners result in the final year of the Postgraduate Specialisation in the Academic Year 2018/2019 (period of reference 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2019. When enrolling, the aforementioned students must provide, the following documentation: - Nulla osta (No impediment) signed by the Director of their Medical Postgraduate Specialisation programme, attesting that attending the two programmes is compatible and authorized by the Committee of the Medical Postgraduate Specialisation. - A signed declaration written by the student attesting his/her commitment to carry out the research activity as instructed by the PhD Teaching Committee. Due to incompatibility between the remuneration for the Postgraduate Specialisation and the PhD scholarship, during the period of joint attendance, the student will not receive the latter.
- The I and II level University Master programmes imply a workload which is always longer than 1500 hours and 60 credits,therefore their attendance is not allowed while you are registered at a Ph.D. programme.
- It is allowed to be simultaneously enrolled in a Ph.D. programme and in a specialization course only if the latter implies a workload of less than 1500 hours for a total of 60 credits.
- Yes. Students who are already enrolled in a PhD programme at the University of Verona may, if they pass the relevant entrance exams and are successfully graded in the merit ranking, change to a different PhD programme. Students who change PhDs must renounce their previous PhD programme and begin again from the first year of the new programme only if that programme offers a place without a scholarship.
- Candidates already in possession of a PhD cannot be admitted to the entrance exams of any programme with similar research topics to those of their PhD. Those who have already benefited from a PhD scholarship, regardless of the place and year, cannot receive a second one. They will be able to enroll in the programme only if positions without scholarship are available.
- Art. 12 paragraph 2 of the Ministerial Decree nr. 45/2013 establishes that “students admitted in a Doctorate must attend courses and continuously conduct study and research on a full-time basis”; anyway students, upon authorization of the Teaching Committee, can carry out work or maintain the previous one, on the condition that it does not compromise their participation in the overall activities of the PhD programme. The "Request of authorization" is available on the Graduate School web page and it must be delivered to the secretariat of Graduate School of reference, who will submit it to the competent Teaching Committee for approval.
- It is not possible to be simultaneously enrolled in more than one study programme, in Italy or abroad, that leads to the awarding pf a degree (e.g. Bachelor, Masters or Postgraduate Specialization, Short Masters level I or II, or PhD). If enrolment in more than one programme is ascertained, the PhD enrolment shall be invalidated by order of the rector and any scholarship payments shall be recovered.
- Should a student renounce his/her place after the beginning of the programme activities:
- Within the first three months of the first year, the place left free will be reassigned to the first eligible student.Once received the communication of renounce, the PhD Office will contact by e-mail the student in order to communicate the availability of a place.
- PhD students can access to the on-line services of the University through the GIA credentials which are issued by the technical staff of the Department of reference. (For further information PhD students can contact the Graduate School secretariat). Within a month of their enrolment, PhD students must apply for their institutional e-mail address email@example.com considering that all communications sent by Verona University offices will be addressed to the institutional e-mail.
- Yes, scholarships have an annual duration and are renewed on the condition that the PhD student has completed all the activities intended for that year, as attested by the Teaching Committee. If the student has fulfilled the expected academic obligations, the scholarship must be administrated.
- PhD scholarships cannot be accumulated with other scholarships, except those granted by national or foreign institutions that allow the student to conduct PhD research abroad and scholarships for further study abroad in accordance with Law 398/989.
- ThePhD scholarship is not compatible with the Research Grants (Assegni di Ricerca), in this case the PhD students have to choose if: - Keeping the Research Grant and renouncing to the three years PhD scholarship; - Keeping the PhD scholarship and renouncing to the Research Grant. In both cases the choice is definitive. In case you choose the Research Grant, this will be paid out until its term-time, unless it is renewed. The registration for the doctoral studies does not give the right to additional funds from the University.
- Yes, from the second year each PhD student must be guaranteed a research budget that is appropriate to his/her programme type and not less than 10% of the minimum annual amount of scholarship, equal to € 1.534,32 per year, reserved to support the student’s national and international mobility and the expenses related to his/her research activity.
- Public servants who are admitted to a PhD programme shall benefit form leave of absence for a period consisting of normal duration of the programme, as established by collective agreements. Employees in the public law regime are granted special leave for study purposes, compatible with the requirements of the administration, pursuant to Article 2 of law No. 476 of 13th August 1984 ad following changes, with or without a scholarship. Unless by explicit waiver, such leave applies only to those who are enrolling in a PhD programme for the first time, regardless of the field of study.
- During the year of joint attendance, a PhD student enrolled in the last year of a Medical School of Specialization, cannot receive both the PhD scholarship and the remuneration due as post-graduate student. During this period the PhD scholarship will not be supplied.
- The scholarship is compatible with the income from working activities; however it is necessary to acquire the authorization of the Teaching Committee in order to carry on this activity.
- If a PhD student intends to renounce the scholarship he/she must inform the PhD office by mail using the following address firstname.lastname@example.org, and specifying the exact date of his/her renunciation.
- The PhD student is university student enrolled in tertiary-level education programme who must attend PhD course and continuously conduct study and research in the intended structures according to the modalities determined by the Teaching Committee and the Verona University PhD Regulations.
- Upon their first enrolment in the programme, PhD students shall be given a student ID number and a student ID card that must be returned upon the conferral of the PhD degree.
- Yes. Medical PhD students may participate in assistential clinical activities if their research project so requires and if is justified and authorized by the Teaching Committee. After the 3rd year of the PhD programme, this limitation is abrogated.
- Yes. As part of their programme, PhD students may teach Bachelor and Masters students (e.g. practice exercises, seminars or laboratory assistance) up to a maximum of 40 hours each academic year, provided they have authorization from the Teaching Committee and that this does not increase the amount of their scholarship. After the 3rd year of the PhD programme, this limitation is abrogated.
- Final exam's timing 35th cycle
- Final exam's timing 35th cycle - Extention
- In October, after the decision of the Teaching Committee, the candidates admitted to the final exam must submit:
- Request of enrolment in the final exam;
- Proof of payment of the enrolment fees (to Università degli Studi di Verona sul conto IBAN: IT65–U–05034–11750-000000011000 [Swift code per versamenti dall'estero: BAPPIT21001], Banco Popolare, Piazza Nogara 2, Verona, Reason of payment “Tassa di iscrizione all'esame finale").
During the same month the PhD students will have to send their thesis to two External Assessors appointed by the Teaching Committee, which will take note of the evaluations. It will also discuss about the release of the ISBN and the use of the logo of Verona University on the title page of the thesis (Frontespizio) and it will elect the members of the Examination Panel.
In January the Rector Decree for the nomination of the Examination Panel will be published; students have to send to each member of the Panel (full members and experts) a copy of the thesis following the modalities decided by the Coordinator/tutor (paper or e-mail) by December 15th and in any case at least one month before their defence.
The awarding of the degree certificate is subjected to the PhD student submitting his/her final thesis to the University Catalogue for free access, which will ensure it is kept and available for public consultation.
PhD students admitted to the final examination must submit their thesis in pdf format to the Research Catalogue (IRIS) at least 15 days before their thesis defence. The thesis will b3 made public within 30 days after the student’s defence, except for suspension periods that may apply to theses containing sensitive industry information and /or publication rights.
PhD students will also have to deposit their thesis in the University Research Catalogue (IRIS), within 15 days before their defence. The missed deposit causes the exclusion from the thesis defence.
- The Doctor Europaeus Certificate refers to a label conferred by European Universities, when specific conditions regarding co-supervision, assessment by an international jury, multilingualism and mobility of the doctoral student have been fulfilled.
This label should be requested by the PhD Candidate before the final exam, provided that the conditions listed at art. 19 of the UNIVR Regulations for PhD Studies are met:
Regulations for PhD studies up to 37th cycle
Regulations for PhD Studies from 38th cycle
Doctor Europaeus request form, to be submitted before the final exam.
- The PhD thesis must be written in Italian, English or another language previously approved by the Teaching Committee and has to be accompanied by a summary in either Italian or English. It is highly recommended for PhD students who intend to require the ISBN Code to follow the guidelines available in this section "Ph.D. Thesis defence"
- The IRIS Research Catalogue is accessible through the GIA credentials. The PhD students who have never used this system have to:
- Contact the computer technicians of their Department for the release of GIA credentials;
- Ensure that the GIA credentials are still active (if they already have the credentials but they have never used them);
- Ask the qualification for the access to the University Catalogue, sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
- If you have lost or never required your GIA credentials, you have to contact the computer technicians of your Department. For further information please contact the Secretariat of your Graduate School.
- Yes, the awarding of the degree certificate is subject to the PhD student submitting his/her final thesis to the Research Catalogue (IRIS) for free access, which will ensure it is kept and available to public consultation. It is responsibility of the University to submit the thesis to the national libraries of Rome and Florence and the Ministerial Database, as required by law. Failure to submit the PhD thesis to the Research Catalogue excludes the student from defencing his/her thesis.
- If you want your thesis to become a “publication” to all intends and purposes you must apply for an ISBN. The ISBN - International Standard Book Number – is a number that identifies a product at international level, in a univocal and long lasting way and it is bestowed to all those products created to be used as book. Through the attribution of this code hence a doctoral thesis will be considered a publication to all intents and purposes.
- To be entitled to use this code, interested Ph.D. students must fill in the online form available at this link, within 45 days after the discussion. Afterwards the Ph.D. Office will transmit these requests to the Secretary of the School who will present them to the respective Teaching Committee for approval. After receiving the Teaching Committee decision, the Ph.D. Office will send an e-mail with the ISBN code that has to be inserted on the back of the front page (as described in the guidelines): from that moment, the pdf file must be deposited in the IRIS catalogue as a monograph.
- The ISBN Code on the PDF file will appear in the second page of publication and must be indicated: Title; Author; Type of publication; Place and date of insertion in the PDF Research Catalogue; ISBN Code
- After passing the final exam with the Thesis Defence, you will officially obtain the PhD Degree. The diploma will be released during the Ceremony, that take place every year, usually in October. If you are unable to take part in it, starting from the day after the Ceremony and during the opening hours you can withdraw personally your diploma at the PhD office or delegate someone who will have to present the delegation with a copy of identification document both yours and of the person you send.
- The PhD student may ask to the Teaching Committee a suspension in the attendance pf the PhD programme in case of maternity, paternity, civil or military service and illness, on the basis of appropriate certification.
All suspensions periods of more than one continuous month may be recovered at the discretion of the Teaching Committee during the possible extensions year, with regards to both lessons and the scholarship, applicable, although the scholarship cannot exceed 36 monthly payments.
The forms for suspension have to be sent to the Secretary of the Graduate school of reference.
- No, the scholarship will be suspended during the whole period of suspension. Twenty days before resumption of research activity the student have to communicate to firstname.lastname@example.org the date of resumption. The PhD office will communicate the procedures for the re-crediting of the scholarship to the interested student.
- The PhD students who want to withdraw the PhD programme during the year, have to deliver the form of withdrawal from the studies, written on legal paper (with tax stamp of €16.00).
The withdrawal from the studies implies renunciation to the whole doctoral career and the interruption of the scholarship.
- As a consequence of:
- an extended, unjustified absence from the programme;
- a serious breach of the rules governing the PhD programme;
- a justified negative/unsuccessful evaluation of the activities performed;
- A one-month suspension of attendance at course and receiving any scholarship funds;
- One to three months suspension of attendance at courses ad receiving any scholarship funds;
- Exclusion form the PhD programme ad revocation of any scholarship.
- PhD programmes aim to train students to develop academic research methodologies. This is intended to include becoming familiar with relevant new technologies and conducting periods of study or internships abroad at private or public bodies for up to 50% of the programme duration (i.e. a maximum of 18 months abroad). PhD programmes help students acquire the necessary skills to carry out highly qualified research activities at public and private entities.
The PhD programme Coordinator approves PhD students requests to carry out periods of study / research of no more than six months away from their PhD programme site.
To this purpose PhD student must fill out a specific form available on the Graduate Schools webpage and, once filled in and signed up by the Coordinator, deliver it to the PhD office before the departure for insurance reasons.
For periods of study/research away from the PhD programme site of more than 6 months the request has to be submitted to the Graduate School Secretariat of reference with adequate advance in order to obtain the authorization of the Teaching Committee before the departure. On the above mentioned form the PhD student must indicate the duration of his/her permanence away from the PhD programme site (date of departure and return).
By filling out the above mentioned form , and only for period of study/research spent abroad, scholarship holders will be able to receive the increase of their scholarship calculated in proportion to the exact period of their permanence abroad.
This extra pay will be paid according to the rules listed below:
For period lasting more than 1 month:
- 80% of the entire period indicated by the student will be paid before his/her departure.
- 20% of the entire period will be paid after his/her return. To this purpose at the end of the period abroad, the student will must obtain from the hosting institution the release of a declaration/certificate reporting both the arrival and leaving date.
This document in original, signed by the foreign supervisor and countersigned by the PhD programme Coordinator, will have to be delivered to the School secretariat within 20 days after the return date.
If the certificate is issued several days before departure, those days will not be counted for the purposes of the liquidation of the increase.
Form missing coordinator signature or the authorization of the Teaching Committee will not be considered valid neither for the insurance nor for the increase of the scholarship..
- The periods of study abroad can last at most 18 months, that is no longer than the 50% of the duration of the entire PhD programme.
- For the scholarship holders the authorization implies also an increase of the scholarship amount for the period spent abroad. The authorization have to be delivered before leaving for both insurance reasons and scholarship increase that will be available starting from one month after the deposit of such authorization.
If the documentation is incomplete, it will not be processed for the payment of the increase.
For periods longer than one month, the 80% of the increase will be advanced, the left-over will be credited after the deposit of the attestation of the period.
The original certification, written on headed paper of the hosting entity and undersigned by the Coordinator of the course, will have to be delivered within twenty days from your return in Italy.
If the period is shorter than the declaration, that is, if the certificate is issued several days before departure, those days will not be counted for the purposes of the liquidation of the increase and the possible surplus will be retained.
For periods shorter than a month, the increase will be credited in a single instalment when the students come back to Italy and only after the declaration of the period abroad released by the hosting body has been delivered.
During the last three months of the scholarship allocation, no increase will be credited in advance.
For the scholarship holder students who are enrolled in the third year:
- No increase in advance will be credit during the last months of the PhD programme (July - September);
- For the students who study abroad between July and September, the credit in advance will be of the 50% (not the 80%).
- The PhD students authorized to spend a period away from the PhD programme base can claim the reimbursement of their expenses to their Graduate school of reference. The reimbursement will be granted in accordance with the University resources. For the reimbursement the PhD student has to fill in and submit the following forms:
- VM form;
- Liquidation Table;
- Original proof of expenditures.
- In specific cases and at the request of the PhD student, the Teaching Committee may authorize the issuing of the “Doctor Europaeus” certificate in addition to the national PhD qualification, under the following four conditions required by the European University Association:
- authorization to take the final examination is given in the light of thesis evaluation reports provide by at least two professors from two universities in the countries of the European Union that are different form the one where the student shall defence his/her thesis;
- At least one member of the Panel must belong to a university in a country of the European Union that is different form the one where the student shall defence his/her thesis;
- A part of the thesis defence must be prepared following a research stay of at least one trimester in another country of the European Union;
The certificate will be released only upon verification of all above mentioned dispositions.
- The aim of the co-supervision of this program is to promote scientific cooperation between two countries by encouraging mobility among their doctoral students. The special feature of this program is that the doctoral student is supervised by two thesis directors or supervisors, one in Italy and the other one in a partner institution in another country. The research periods spent in one or the other University will vary depending on practical needs and be agreed upon by the two thesis supervisors. These periods will be more or less of equal length. The entire procedure is regulated by an Agreement signed between the two Institutions involved. Generally there is one thesis defence but two diplomas are awarded, one issued by the Home University and the other by the Host University. However, this is not a mandatory condition. Sometimes the final PhD degree can be awarded only by the Home University. The “Co-Tutèlle de Thèse” is usually available for PhD students in their first.
Doctoral students interested in Co-tutèlle have to:
- Find two co-directors of thesis (one from Verona University, the other one from a partner country) who agree to supervise their research activity and PhD thesis project;
- Be regularly enrolled as a doctoral student at both Universities;
- Fill in the co-supervision Agreement available on the internet web site of Verona University (www.univr.it – Research – National and International Doctoral Programmes – The Internationalization of the Research Doctorate);
- Submit the above mentioned Agreement to the PhD Office (who will verify it and make final modifications). The Convention scheme must be filled by the PhD coordinator/thesis Supervisor, sent to the national and international PhD Office in two original copies both in Italian and in another EU language and to be signed by Italian thesis Supervisor and PhD Coordinator.
Within the 31st of August of each year, the Teaching Staff Committee will proceed with the evaluation of the annual work of the PhD activity.
Some schemes of agreements useful as base for the final arrangement with the foreign University are available on the Website www.univr.it (at Ricerca – Dottorati di Ricerca Nazionali ed Internazionali – L’internazionalizzazione del Dottorato di Ricerca). The final arrangement must be accompanied with the minutes of the Teaching Staff Committee, and sent to the PhD office that will proceeds with the Rector’s signature.
- The PhD student carries out his/her study and research activity in both Universities and these periods will be more or less of equal length (max. 18 months).
The final exam consist of the thesis defence in front the Evaluation Committee, constituted in accordance with the Co-tutèlle agreement.
The two Universities commit themselves to confer the PhD Degree, for the same thesis.
- Not all Countries allow the drawing up of a Cotutelle de thèse agreement; it is necessary to verify that the co-tutèlle project is provided for the partner university legislation.