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Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa

36 months
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The PhD Programme in BioRobotics from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa is an innovative, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary three-year course of advanced studies and supervised research, established at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in 2012.


It enrolls 100+ students, on average 30 students or more per year, and thus is among the largest doctoral schools in robotics and biomedical engineering worldwide. 

The BioRobotics program from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa aims at educating and training young students to study, design, and develop radically novel robots, machines, systems and services, putting the human being and society at the center of the process, according to principles of technological, environmental, social, ethical, and economic sustainability. In the BioRobotics PhD path, robotic technologies are bio-applied (e.g. dedicated to medical applications) or bio-inspired, with the aim to significantly enhance their abilities.

PhD students can benefit from a living research environment, with a continuous supervision by BioRobotics leaders who accompany them in the execution of their research projects. They will be trained in preparing research articles for international scientific journals and international events, as well as in intellectual property and industrial-oriented issues.

Job Opportunities

Placement information of PhDs in Bio-Robotics report an occupation rate of 100% in a very short time from graduation, if not even before the thesis defense, both in the academic field (with positions at prestigious universities such as, for example, Harvard University, Stanford University, Boston University, ETH Zurich, EPFL, University of Pittsburgh, University of Alabama, Khalifa University) and in national and international research centers. A quite large rate of PhDs find an industrial job, both in existing companies and in high-tech start-up ones.

Programme Structure

PhD projects will be carried out in very well equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories (mainly dedicated to projects of biomedical engineering, biomimetic and soft robotics, rehabilitation technologies, micro-engineering, surgical robotics, neural engineering, robotic companions) and through an individual and team work performed under the supervision of a full-time faculty.

During the three years of the PhD programme, students have to collect:

  • 20 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) by the attendance of internal courses, but also of external courses, summer schools, projectual works.
  • 160 ECTS for research activities, distributed over the three years.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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180 ECTS


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

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    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.


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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