• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The three-year programme focuses on the study of biotic and abiotic resources, energy efficiency in forestry agriculture, renewable energy, the impact of climate change and quality of agricultural products. 

The faculty applies an interdisciplinary scientific approach and focuses on the theme of sustainability, two features that are shared by both our teaching and research.

If you have excelled in higher education, a PhD will enable you to continue with your career in academia in a stimulating, multilingual environment with fellow researchers from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

During the course, you will gain the competences required to carry out innovative and methodologically rigorous research. To this purpose, you will be required to design an original research project with the supervision of a lecturer and, at the same time, to develop the ability to work independently and in a team.

The PhD in Mountain Environment and Agriculture  from Free University of Bozen-Bolzano  opens up several career prospects. Once you obtain your doctorate, you will be able to continue with your research in academia, in public or private research centres or as a business consultant within the three specific research areas of the PhD.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

  • The PhD covers three research areas that reflect the focus of the faculty: Agricultural and Forestry Production, Food Technology and Environmental Resources. 
  • Once you are successful in the public competition to pursue a doctorate, you will be required to design a research and study plan with your supervisor in order to define the purpose of your research project and the necessary steps to implement it. 
  • From time to time, you will need to update your research and study plan, taking into account the development of your work and the latest developments in your field of research. 
  • During the three years you will have to attend regularly classes and seminars specifically designed for PhD students. The classes will cover qualifying and advanced elements of Statistics, analysis of research data and dissemination of scientific results.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • In order to gain admission to the PhD programme, you'll need to have obtained 300 ECTS credits (Master degree) and have some relevant academic or cultural background or work experience in the field of the PhD programme. 
  • You will also have to demonstrate competence in the English language and be successful in the public competition

Tuition Fee

  • International

    164 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 164 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    164 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 164 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Tuition fees: € 163,50 per year

Living costs for Bolzano - Bozen

  • 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.


For most of our PhDs, unibz funds scholarships of €17,000 per year (including tax). For research trips abroad, funding can increase up to 50%. Other research activities (conferences, research trips, Summer Schools, etc.) are funded through individually allocated travel bursaries.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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