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Crop Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #116 (BCR) Padua, Italy
The PhD in Crop Science course at University of Padova has started its activity as a Doctorate School, resulting from the merging of three pre-existing doctoral courses (Agricultural biotechnology, Environmental Agronomy, Plant protection). 
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The PhD in Crop Science course at University of Padova is still based on the three former courses, with a general coordination and common teaching, mainly related to basic subjects in the first year of activity.

In the second and third year, the teaching consists of courses and seminars specific to each of the three main sections named above. 

The PhD course in Crop Science offers a comprehensive education in crop genetics, agronomy and crop production, plant protection and microbiological aspects related to crop production. 

The course offers very good working conditions in a challenging environment for talented researchers in the best academic research institution in Italy. Students choose their field of interest under the supervision of one or more professors. 

Content and opportunities

Courses are designed to provide advanced tools on applied biostatistic, risk and security in the research activities, scientific communication, literature research and data resources. 

Strong cooperation between Italian and European organizations of producers, private companies, and public institutions allow combined research activities, seminars and periods of internship. Internships abroad are highly recommended. 

The post-graduate course in Crop Science offers one of the best PhD degree courses in Italy. The University of Padova is, in fact, ranked first in Italy for the research quality in agriculture and animal rearing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Statistics
  • Applied Statistics with applications in R
  • Advanced Statistics with R: Experimental design in lab and field
  • Advanced Statistics with R: Mixed models
  • Scientific Writing in English
  • Ethics in scientific research
  • Scientific production evaluation: criteria and metrics

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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    374 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    374 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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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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