Doctoral research programmes are postgraduate 3 or 4 year university programmes providing specialised training to those who wish to undertake advanced research. The academic pathway includes the definition and development of a research project - through advanced teaching programmes and individual in-depth studies, in many cases also involving cultural exchanges with other countries - and results in the production of a thesis based on original experimental work.
To be admitted to a doctoral programme applicants must: hold a Master's degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification; pass the admission tests; have certified level B2 proficiency or better in the English language, or in other languages indicated in the call for applications.
The Doctoral degree is awarded on passing the final exam, during which students defend their doctoral thesis. The degree allows access to the world of scientific research, mainly in the academic world but also in independent research centres and production facilities.