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This Physics programme at Politecnico di Torino aims at training PhD candidates contributing to fundamental researches in leading sectors and understanding and promoting those aspects which may improve know-how of high-tech activities.  

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Call for applications is now open!

Why Politecnico?

  • Over 200 fully funded positions available  
  • Scholarship amount: € 18.854,52 gross per year 
  • Joint research activity with the non-academic sector 
  • Pre-PhD scholarships available for candidates admitted within the spring session

Compared to other PhD programmes awarding the same title, this Physics programme is characterized by a focus on theoretical, experimental and computational aspects of physics of matters and complex systems.

It shall be noted that members of Academic Board are also members of two European Union flagships: “Graphene” and “Human Brain”. 

The Board often invites external experts to collaborate as co-tutors or thesis referees. Board members also have a wide network of relationships with several international research centres. PhD students are thus able to have a direct experience of the activities carried out in advanced experimental and computational laboratories, which represents an integration to departmental laboratories.

The course catalogue is divided in four major areas: 

  • Experimental Physics of Matter 
  • Theoretical Physics of Matter 
  • Physics of Complex Systems 
  • High Energy Physics

This programme is part of few educational networks comprising institutions of recognized excellence and it has hosted several students, taking part to co-tutelle programmes; many students take also part in exchange programmes based on bilateral agreements. Almost 50% of PhD scholarships are financed from external institutions.


Students who obtained a PhD diploma in Physics from Politecnico di Torino – almost 150 – have always found a position in the world of work. A detailed analysis of career perspectives of students who have been awarded this PhD title in 2011-2012-2013 shows that in most of the cases their employer is a research centre or an academic institution, other than Politecnico and often international. A relevant percentage of them has also been employed in private research centres.

Research Proposals

  • Experimental Physics of Matter 
  • Theoretical Physics of Matter 
  • Physics of Complex Systems 
  • High Energy Physics

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biological and vehicular traffic: stochastic models
  • Fractional Equations and Anomalous Diffusion 
  • Plasma physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Access to PhD courses in Italy can be only achieved by participating in the Calls for Application. At Politecnico di Torino, PhD candidates are admitted after the evaluation of academic qualifications and the following oral interview: as a matter of fact, your skills are evaluated by analyzing your academic and scientific curricula and by the mandatory interview with the Selection Committee.
  • You can participate in the Call if you have a Master of Science or if you are planning to obtain such degree by 31st October. In addition, it is required an international certificate of English language (IELTS 5.0 or an equivalent one).
  • The GRE General Test will not be required only for students who apply for a CSC scholarship.

Living costs for Turin

660 - 980 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


PhD scholarships can be with own research topic or with predefined research topic.

The gross annual amount of the scholarship is usually € 15,343.28, but the Politecnico di Torino has  chosen to further enhance and promote the value of PhD programmes, increasing the amount of the scholarships to € 18.854,52.

All candidates compete for scholarships with own research topic, unless they explicitly waive their right to receive them.

The scholarships with predefined research topic are associated to particular research topics for which specific skills are required. Those applicants interested in one or more scholarships shall carefully verify which are the field of research and the competences required, as specified in the scholarship descriptive sheet and contact the relevant scientific referee.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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