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Pharmacological Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #116 (BCR) Padua, Italy
The mission of the 3 year PhD Course in Pharmacological Sciences at University of Padova is to prepare new young generation of scientists with a solid background in the field of Molecular Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacoepidemiology and Toxicology.
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 To this purposes the PhD scholar program is organized in two parallel curricula:

  •  Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  •  Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Students will choose a research project as proposed by members of the teaching staff involved in the School and they will be supervised by an experienced tutor, with the possibility to add an external tutor.

The PhD Course in Pharmacological Sciences at University of Padova offers interdisciplinary seminars, and additional training in presentation seminars and workshops ithus preparing doctoral candidates for work in international and multidisciplinary environments.


At the end of three years, students are required to present the PhD thesis describing their experimental work, which will be assessed by a commission of experts. 

The final dissertation will confer the title of Research Doctor, or Doctor Europaeus if special conditions are met (thesis written in English, research work in another European country for a minimum of 3 months and dissertation at international examination panel).

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Neuro-degenerative disorders: molecular mechanisms, genetics, and studies of therapeutic interventions
  • Autonomic nervous system on bronchial function, new pharmacological agents.
  • Enteric nervous system and immune system, search for therapeutic targets .
  • Cardiovascular diseases, aging, gender and pharmacological responses
  • Antitumoral compounds and mechanisms in drug resistance
  • Metabolomics and lipidomics studies to the identification of new drug targets
  • Immune system and search for molecular pharmacological targets
  • Pharmacological modulation of chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Medicinal plants as source of pharmacological agents

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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