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Agriculture, Food and Environment, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The PhD Agriculture, Food and Environment program at University of Pisa  moves from the awareness that food sustainability is a goal to be achieved through a set of activities that range from production to consumption, involves a myriad of actors and mobilizes natural and human-made resources.

About

The University of Pisa (UNIPI) is one of the most important universities in Italy and has a long tradition of excellence in terms of education and scientific research. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment is dedicated to research at the frontiers of agricultural, food and agro-environmental sciences. The Director of DAFE is currently Prof. Alberto Pardossi and the teaching staff consists of 66 professors and researchers.

The Agriculture, Food and Environment program at University of Pisa moves from the awareness that food sustainability is a goal to be achieved through a set of activities that range from production to consumption, involves a myriad of actors and mobilizes natural and human-made resources. Focus on sustainability implies that specialization of agricultural science, necessary to deal with increasing complexity, is accompanied by a strong commitment to take into account systemic implications, including unintended consequences of given technological solutions.

The Phd program also moves from the awareness that sustainability is a multidimensional concept, and that its assessment can be carried out against a multeplicity of criteria, namely environmental, social, economic, and health-related, so that the choice between technological trajectories may face trade-offs, contradictions, different perspectives and interests. For this reason, a large involvement of stakeholders in the definition of sustainability goals, research goals and methods is needed.

Aims and scope

Given these premises, the Phd course has as central theme ‘Food sustainability’ and can be ascribed to the EC “Food 2030” strategy. It refers to different ERC areas as LS9 (Applied Life Sciences), LS2 (Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology), SH3 (Environment, Space and Population), SH1 (Individuals, Institutions and Markets). The course aims at training researchers with an up-to-date, excellent disciplinary ground and with a deep understanding of the systemic implications of their specific field of activity and awareness of the importance of mutual learning with enterprises, administrations and civil society.

To this purpose, we have built an interdisciplinary program combining agricultural sciences with a selected range of biological disciplines. Its scope is articulated around three main areas:

  • biological basis of food sustainability
  • sustainability of food production systems
  • food quality and safety

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The PhD program essentially consists in conducting an original research work under supervision and writing a dissertation (thesis) concerning the following topics:
  • food science and technology;
  • genomics, proteomics and metabolomics of species of agricultural interest;
  • multifunctional agriculture;
  • plant and animal production systems, even in urban environment;
  • plant physiology, ecology and biochemistry;
  • plant, animal and microbial biotechnologies;
  • technologies for plant and soil protection and environmental bioremediation.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Candidates are required to have a Master's degree and have to demonstrate good knowledge of the research themes reported above.
  • The selection of PhD candidates is based on their educational (f.i., average exam grade, final numerical grade for the entire degree, honour etc.) and scientific (publications, positions as young scientist, stage abroad etc.) curriculum and on an interview (either on site or via web conference) conducted in the research areas that every year the Board proposes to the new candidates.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    356 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 356 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    356 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 356 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Depending on the country of origin and can vary from 356,000 euros up to 2.452,00 euros (including € 140,00 for Regional taxes, and € 16.00 for stamp duty). 

Living costs for Pisa

  • 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.

Funding

Ten grants will be available, one of which are reserved for candidates who have completed their Master’s Degree abroad. 

A grant consists of a stipend of approx. € 13,600 per year (including social security contribution) for the whole duration of the PhD program (3 years maximum). The grant is increased by 50% if the student does an internship (at least 15 days) abroad in a foreign academic or research institution. After the first year, each candidate receives an annual research contribution of approximately € 1,600.

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