Doctoral degrees at Unipd

The University of Padova strongly prioritises third-level education in pursue to hold the highest of standards by enhancing the support for research training.

Three key action points on doctoral training are stated in the Strategic Plan of our University:

  1. to enhance graduate employability within as well as outside the academic institutions by strengthening and qualifying our doctoral training, with the final goal to contribute to the cultural, economic and social development at local, national and trans-national level;
  2. to attract worldwide excellence both at the level of PhD candidates as well as staff, and to promote their mobility;
  3. to contribute to the internationalisation of research and of training in research, with the aim of providing a more solid and broad education in preparation to competitively deal with the complexities of our changing world.

The University of Padova coordinates 40 separate PhD Programmes, all credited by the National Agency for University Evaluation (ANVUR).   Every year the University welcomes between 400 and 500 new candidates, with approximately 1400 PhD candidates enrolled in a three-year degree programme.

Degree Course duration: 3 years (generally), the degree corresponds to the Doctorate in English-speaking countries.
Requirements: Applicants must be in possession of a 2nd cycle degree (laurea magistrale or laurea magistrale a ciclo unico). They are also required to pass an entrance examination.


Doctoral Degrees - PhD Office

in Via Venezia 15, 35131 Padova 
Ground mail: via 8 febbraio 2 - 35122 Padova
tel. +39 049 827 6071 - fax +39 049 827 6379

Public opening hours: Monday: 10-13, Tuesday 10–13 and 15–16.30, Wednesday: 10–13, Thursday: 10–15, Friday: 10-13

Following the measures adopted for the COVID-19 emergency and in order to counter the spread of the virus, the front office can be accessed preferably by reservation.
Please note that, in accordance with the provisions of D.L. 122/2021, anyone accessing the structures of the national university system must possess and exhibit the COVID-19 Green Certificate.
To book an appointment, please visit and follow the instructions on the screen.