Doctoral programmes

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.

Enrolment in the PhD Programmes

Cycle XXXVI - Starting from A.Y. 2020/21

The a.y. 2020/2021 Call for Applications is online. 
Applications can be submitted from 1st June 2020 until 12.00 p.m. (Italian local time) of 3rd July 2020

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Enrolment in the PhD Programmes

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The Empirical study of Literature Training Network

The ELIT network opens 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 will be enrolled in a doctoral programme leading to a double/joint doctoral degree involving two universities.
One position will be at the University of Verona (UNIVR) and VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Applications will be accepted until 15/06/2020 at 2:00 pm (Central European Time).

What’s ELIT
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.



14 PhD positions on pancreatic cancer

The EU project PRECODE, established a shared doctorate programme of excellence for 14 PhD positions on pancreatic cancer.
One of them is at the University of Verona, within the research team led by Dr Vincenzo Corbo.

PRECODE (PancREatic Cancer OrganoiDs rEsearch)
 is a network involving 24 universities, SMEs and patient advocate groups from 9 countries, who have designed a specific training and research programme for the next generation of creative and innovative researchers in pancreatic cancer.

This Innovative Training Programme is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

PRECODE website


AuTonomous intraLuminAl Surgery

The ATLAS is an Innovative Training Network - European Joint Doctorate project, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme.
The project, coordinated by the University of Leuven, is implemented by a consortium of seven Universities and many industrial partners; it established a shared doctorate programme for 15 PhD positions, each leading to a double/joint doctoral degree involving two universities; two positions are at the University of Verona.

What’s ATLAS
ATLAS stands for “AuTonomous intraLuminAl Surgery” and targets the training of experts in a very specific branch of Robotic Surgery. Intraluminal navigation, a particularly challenging branch,  reappears in many minimal invasive surgical (MIS) interventions that rely on steering flexible instruments through fragile lumens or vessels.


To form top researchers in line with the European-designed Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training, the University of Verona strongly invests in its PhD programmes, reinforcing the international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral aspects which characterise innovative PhDs.
Students can therefore expect to develop international, interdisciplinary, marketable profiles in different public and private sectors.

Cooperation with companies and private/public entities
Cooperation with foreign Universities


UO PhD Office

Via San Francesco, 22 - 37129 Verona
 Opening times
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: from 10 am to 1 pm
+39 0458028608-8092-8078



PhD Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


Final exam information


Requests to be suspended from, excluded from or to give up a course


Information on study periods abroad


Training and research programme

INVITE is a doctoral programme of the University of Verona with a strong inter-sectoral, inter-disciplinary and international research and training dimension.

The INVITE doctoral programme aims to encourage each student’s intellectual curiosity and support the acquisition of critical thinking skills by training them in the use of innovative theoretical tools and practical methods.

The Project is cofunded by  the University of Verona, Regione del Veneto and by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754345.

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