• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
At the end of each course, the Chemistry and Materials Science student at University of Pisa 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.


The Chemistry and Material Science program at University of Pisa 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 (4 ECTS 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).

All the courses offered by DSCM 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 Structure

The two foremost teaching objectives 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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

The application procedure consists of the following steps:
  • registration of personal data on the website.
  • registration for the application process 

During the online application, the following documents must be uploaded:

  • the curriculum together with any relevant documentation
  • a research project 
  • the degree of study accompanied by the documents referred to in Article 3 of the competition notice (only for holders of a foreign degree)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    140 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 140 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    140 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 140 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.

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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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