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Chemistry and Material Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The Chemistry and Material Science course at University of Pisa is located at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry (Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale - DCCI) of the University of Pisa.


To this end, the students have access both to top-level education and to a network of collaborations within the academic and industrial worlds.

The two foremost teaching objectives of the Chemistry and Material Science course at University of Pisa are:

  • the PhD student will acquire a deep and robust knowledge of the theoretical and experimental methodologies and of computational and advanced instrumental techniques for the study of molecular systems and nanomaterials;
  • the development of the capacity to do research independently but at the same time in a team in an international network.

The DSCM program lasts three years. The first year is particularly focused on objective (1), whereas the next two years aim at objective (2). Accordingly, first year PhD students will attend at least two of the courses expressly organized by DSCM (4ECTS at least) and a course (3 ECTS) offered by the MSc in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry o in other similar University Programs (e.g. Biology, Physics). At the end of each course, the PhD student will be examined (orally) on the topic of the course. Two more ECTS will be granted by attendance to scientific seminars and schools at DCCI or elsewhere on fields of interest for DSCM. 

All the courses offered by Chemistry and Materials Science at University of Pisa are in English and will be delivered by outstanding researchers, working in the field of Chemical and Materials Science.

Starting from the II year, the teaching aspect will change from knowledge acquisition to the development of scientific independence. To this end, whenever possible, each PhD student will be encouraged to perform part of the research in laboratories outside DCCI, either in the form of short stages or for longer periods abroad (op to one year). 

The main aim of these exchanges will be to experience different working environments and methods and instrumentations not available at DCCI and to stimulate the personal ability of an autonomous work in a new context.

The PhD student will regularly report to the Board of DSCM on the progresses of the project and, at the end of the third year, present a written PhD thesis. This is preliminarily reviewed by two external referees and, after their approval, it will be submitted to the Faculty Board. After a positive evaluation, the thesis undergoes public defence in front of a Board composed by both internal and external experts.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Modern Applications of Chiroptical Spectroscopies
  • Synchrotron radiation-based methods of imaging and (micro)analysis
  • Self-assembly as nanofabrication tool
  • Application of Speciation Analysis to Real Systems: from Theory to Practice

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • The candidate must be in possession of a Master's degree, or an equivalent academic qualification obtained abroad.This diploma will be examined and verified by the examining boards or the PhD Council. The University accepts candidates who obtain their degree by October, 31. The PhD student "Supernumerary" will have obtained a Master's (or equivalent) degree by the enrollment date.
  • Candidates who possess a foreign academic degree equivalent in level, nature, contents and academic rights (access to further courses) to the Italian academic qualification required for admission to a PhD program may provide the consular documents of the academic degree (translation, legalization and declaration of value).

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.


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