Ph.D. On Campus


Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa

36 months
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The PhD in Agrobiosciences from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa is a three-year programme that aims at educating highly competent researchers with an interdisciplinary background that will be able to face research frontiers in plant sciences.


The Agrobiosciences programme from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa is structured in two curricula: i) Genomics and crop production and ii) Agriculture and environment, offering training in frontier topics of plant sciences, including molecular biology, plant genomics and biotechnology, environmental and agronomic sciences.

The course gives doctoral research students the opportunity to carry out research in a stimulating and supportive environment, being directly involved in research activities in the laboratories of the Institute of Life Sciences: BIOLabs, LANDLAB and PLANTLAB.

To assist in the delivery of learning outcomes, assessment of an individual student’s progress is made via a standard series of review protocols including the drafting of yearly reports, delivery of seminars, and preparation of a thesis submitted to a review process by highly qualified experts in the field. Upon recommendation of the referees, the student is admitted to the final examination for the award of the Doctoral Degree.

Job Opportunities

The programme aims to apply innovative teaching and research methodologies to train brilliant and highly motivated young researchers who will be able not only to carry out solid and high-quality academic research, but also to undertake professional careers within a wide range of international, national and regional entities, in both the private and the public sectors in the field of plant biotechnology and crop production.

Programme Structure

  • Doctoral research students are expected to develop research and techniques skills, including the ability to address research problems and to formulate and test hypotheses and a full understanding of relevant research methodologies and techniques.
  • Students will also be trained to develop communication skills for effective writing and oral presentation of research outcomes to a range of audiences.
  • Different mechanisms will be applied to achieve this goal, including supervisor support and mentoring, institute support, workshops, conferences, elective training courses formally assessed courses and informal opportunities.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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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