Ph.D. On Campus


Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa

36 months
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The PhD in Law from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa hosts graduate students interested in achieving the highest level of academic education, and pursuing advanced studies in law, with a strong interdisciplinary perspective, in a lively international setting in our leading Italian University.


The course aims at training scholars capable of critical thinking and innovative research in their respective fields of interest, at the forefront of the international debate.

The Law programme from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa encompasses a broad set of areas of law, ranging from private and private comparative law, public comparative and European law, constitutional and administrative law, general theory of law, applied legal theory, criminal – national and international – law, law and technology.

Over the 3-year programme, PhD students attend courses, both in their field of interest and in the others covered by the faculty: interdisciplinary perspective and a sound methodological preparation are essential for competitive scholars in the academic and professional market.

Job Opportunities

Researchers who got their PhD in Law at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies have achieved remarkable and high level positions in different fields, from academy to public administration, political appointments, the law profession, the judiciary branch, the diplomatic career, managing and directive roles in multinational companies. Placement in international organisations and non-governmental ones brings our PhD in Law at the forefront of most impelling contemporary issues, from environmental protection and sustainability to artificial intelligence legal and moral basis unfolding.

Programme Structure

  • During the first year, PhD students are required to attend 120 hours of in class training on methodological, curricular, and interdisciplinary courses. They are also involved in seminars, workshops, conferences and in research activities.
  • During the second year, the requirement for in class training reduces to 80 hours, since students are expected to be working primarily on the dissertation, in close collaboration with their supervisor.
  • The third year is devoted to refining the thesis, to be discussed within two months from the end of the programme. The vast majority of the courses offered are taught in English.
  • During alternatively the second or third year, students are required - as noted above - to undergo a 3 to 6-month research period aboard, as a visiting scholar at one prominent foreign University or center deemed relevant for their PhD project.

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

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master Degree (M.Sc. or M.A.) or equivalent title
  • Undergraduate students may also apply if they will graduate within 31st October
  • Selection consists in the assessment of the qualifications submitted and an interview.

Qualifications consist of:

  • CV and academic transcript of exams and career records,
  • abstract of the M.Sc./M.A.Thesis
  • a research project where the candidate is asked to briefly outline a research proposal for their PhD studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.

All PhD positions are fully funded with scholarships.

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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