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Science of Drug and Bioactive Substances, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The PhD Science of Drug and Bioactive Substances program at University of Pisa is mainly characterized by the development of a project focused on the field of pharmaceuticals and health products. 


This training Science of Drug and Bioactive Substances program at University of Pisa is characterized by a central subject concerning bioactive substances and is able to put together different disciplines and methodologies in a coherent and hard manner, both with respect to different CUN areas and specific ERC areas, i.e. Life Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering.


The research lines developed at the Department of Pharmacy are characterized by highly interdisciplinary contents. This fact efficiently supports the instauration of profitable collaborations between our academic staff and national or international research groups.

The PhD students are strongly encouraged to carry out parts of their project in internationally renowned research groups.

In order to guarantee a complete interdisciplinary formation of the PhD students, the training activities of this graduate school also comprises:

  • Cycles either of lessons, that are held by the academic staff of this graduate school, or by external lecturers;
  • Seminars are delivered by professors who are experts in their fields;
  • Participation in national and international schools that are specifically dedicated to PhD students.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Topics of the course are:
  • the discovery of bioactive molecules by means of rational design, synthesis or extraction of active compounds from natural sources;
  • the study of biochemical, physiological and pharmacological mechanisms of their action;
  • the formulation of drugs;
  • the techniques for the evaluation of the impact that these substances have on humans and on the environment.

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.
Fees 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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