The International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is aimed to provide excellent guidance, support and training to graduate students interested in understanding the molecular processes underlying human diseases and in designing new approaches for their treatment.
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The PhD Course in Molecular Medicine operates within the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, one of the largest biomedical research environments in Italy and well renowned internationally.

Completion requires 36 months of full-time studies and allows students to undertake a major research project in one of the over 100 research laboratories present in our Institute. Training and mentoring offers students individualized professional development and a gateway for basic, clinical and industrial research careers.


The International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is aimed to provide outstanding interdisciplinary training in the broad area of Molecular Medicine. PhD students are expected to spend most of their time working on a research project under the direct supervision of a Director of Studies and with the external scientific advice of a Second Supervisor.

Each year, the PhD Course in Molecular Medicine offers a panel of courses that expose students to the most exciting and active research areas in the field and provide training in the transferable skills required for a successful career in academia and beyond. Training is delivered in English and covers the three-year duration of the PhD Course.

Students are expected to play an integral part in the life of our research community also taking advantage of the many lectures, workshops and seminars organized by the San Raffaele Scientific Institute.

Students may have the possibility to be involved in teaching and in supervising undergraduate students.

Our Graduates

About 85% of the students after graduation have continued working in research as postdoctoral fellows (60% abroad, 40% in Italy), while 15% have chosen to work in related areas as clinical trial coordination, science writing, etc.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Courses include:

  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Statistics in Biomedicine
  • Scientific Communication
  • Research Integrity
  • Organoids – mandatory for BAIO & BCM
  • Glial support of neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system – mandatory for NEN
  • Clinical Trials in Oncology – mandatory for ECM
  • Problem Solving logics
  • Business Planning

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The application to the International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine can be submitted, regardless of age or citizenship, by those holding a 5-year University Degree, a Master Degree or an equivalent foreign academic qualification, approved by the PhD Examination Committee, also according to international agreements and/or inter-university cooperation and mobility agreements.
  • Application Form, duly signed;
  • A self-certification of the Bachelor’s Degree, indicating the graduation mark;
  • A self-certification of the Master’s Degree, indicating the graduation mark (both according to the old and new Italian regulations);

Tuition Fee

  • Registration fee: All the PhD students are bound to pay yearly € 1640.00.
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Living costs for Milano

  • 850 - 1450 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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International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine
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