When the program for Doctoral Research (PhD) started in Italy in 1982, the University of Padova organized a Doctoral School in Astronomy, which immediately obtained a national-wide attendance.
Every year, about 10 to 12 students are enrolled in the PhD Program in Astronomy at University of Padova after a selective competition. They come from all over Italy and abroad. Other foreign students attend the PhD Program within specific international agreements for exchange of PhD students. The PhD Program has a three-year duration with a final exam for the defense of the PhD thesis. Because of the presence of foreign students, all the courses and the other activities are in English (including the mid-term evaluations and the final exam). The PhD thesis is written in English.
You can apply until:
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The PhD Program in Astronomy offers:
This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Anyone in possession of the following, regardless of nationality, may apply to take part in the selection process:
• diploma di laurea (pre-reform regime);
• laurea specialistica/magistrale (post-reform regime);
• Second-level academic qualifications awarded by AFAM (Higher Education in Art and Music) institutions.
The admission exam is based on the curriculum and an oral exam.
The oral exam also includes a discussion on the general astronomical background.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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