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Psychological Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #116 (BCR) Padua, Italy
The main goal of the PhD Psychological Sciences programme at University of Padova is to train high-level researchers in the field of Psychological Sciences, and to enable them to increase the body of scientific knowledge upon which the discipline of psychology rests. 
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The Psychological Sciences programme at University of Padova is designed to prepare psychologists to work effectively as researchers, college and university instructors, and professional research psychologists.


The program is centered on providing general skills that can be applied across diverse fields of research with particular emphasis on: Clinical and experimental psychology - Human life-span development - Neuropsychology and cognitive psychology - Cognition - Social, cultural and group psychology - Behavioural neuroscience - Neuroimaging and computational neuroscience - Evolution of mind and cognitive functions - Language and psycholinguistics - Consumer choice, behavioural economics, marketing

Interdisciplinary between the different domains and approaches in psychological research is strongly supported. The limited number of candidates and the large number of academic scholars involved in the program ensures that each student can receive a continuous and focused attention to the development of an individualized curriculum in which more than one supervisor is usually involved.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methodology for the behavioural sciences
  • Null hypothesis testing: problems, prevalence, and alternatives 
  • Linear, generalized and mixed effects models
  • Publishing in and reviewing for high-impact journals
  • Practical application of scientific writing

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The application should contain information about:

  •  University degrees;

  •  Documented research stages and working stages related to research and/or psychological sciences; 
  •  English competence (a B2 level is highly recommended)
  •  Two reference letters 
  • A research project 
  • Motivation letter

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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