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Astronomy, Ph.D.

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University rank #116 (BCR) Padua, Italy
The PhD Program in Astronomy at University of Padova contributed to the formation of a whole new generation of astronomers thanks also to the collaboration with the nearby Astronomical Observatory of Padova (OAPD) of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The PhD Program in Astronomy offers:

  • General courses (16 hours, with final exam).
  • Monographic courses (10 hours, with no final exam).
  • Special courses by visitor scientists (with no final exam).
  • Italian and international PhD schools on topics of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Registration fee, travel, and lodging are covered by the PhD Program after the approval of the Board of Professors.
  • Journal clubs (from September to June). During journal clubs the students will discuss either recent research papers or their own research projects.
  • Seminars organized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Padova.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    187 EUR/semester
    Tuition Fee
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  • EU/EEA

    187 EUR/semester
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Padova

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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