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PhD Programmes

The PhD (Dottorato di Ricerca) is a post-graduate academic qualification. It represents the 3rd cycle of education in the Italian academic system and provides the abilities required for carrying out highly-qualified research activities in universities, public institutions and private companies.


Access to PhD programmes is by competitive examinations (read more in the Unifi website).


In order to develop the internationalization of research, the Department of Humanities promotes international doctorate courses and theses in co-tutoring with foreign universities.


PhD in Philology, Italian Literature, Linguistics - website


The PhD in Philology, Italian Literature and Linguistics is intended as a highest-level course to acquire specialist skills in the field of literary, philological and linguistic studies.


The main fields of study and research are divided into three curricula:

  • the international curriculum in Italian Studies, focusing on Italian Literature from its origins to the present day, part of a convention with the Universities of Sorbonne (Paris IV) and Bonn, which foresees awarding a joint degree;

  • the international curriculum in Linguistics, in convention with the University of Bonn, focuses on the study of language in all its forms;

  • the curriculum in History, Tradition and Textual Criticism of Medieval and Renaissance, offers a specifically philological and palaeographic-codicological approach to those wishing to study texts from the earliest centuries of our literature.


The three curricula include series of lessons and seminars, common to each and also more specifically addressed, but open to the participation of all doctoral students.


PhD in Philosophy - website 


The joint Florence/Pisa PhD programme in Philosophy has four curricula

  • History of Philosophy;

  • Logic, Philosophy and History of Science;

  • Ethics, Politics and Religions;

  • Theoretical Philosophy, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language.


The general formative target of the doctorate is to initiate high-level philosophical research, in line with the liveliest directions of current international research. The organization in course curricula addresses this need in an optimal way. The aim of the Doctorate is the training of scholars who, moving from a basic competence in all the branches of the philosophical disciplines, will provide innovative and original contributions in one or more specific areas of the latter, being at the same time able to identify and deepen the points of connection and interaction of contemporary philosophical debate both with the disciplines of the artistic-literary, humanistic and historical-social area, and with those in the area of mathematical, physical and natural sciences.


The programme is administratively based in Florence.


PhD in Classical Studies and Archaeology - website


The University of Pisa, Florence and Siena have a strong tradition of research in the Classics, Anthropology and Archeology field and join their forces to create a doctorate course of highest level in order to develop a research about many aspects of the ancient world for the enhancement of the cultural heritage.


Pegaso Joint Doctorate Program guarantees an international environment to his Fellows:

  • foreign scholars are involved in the didactic of the course and in the Doctoral Board;

  • the course incourages stays abroad and co-tutoring of thesis (Doctor Europaeus);

  • seminars and workshops are held not only in Italian but also in English, French, German and Spanish.


The project has three curricula

  • Archeology;

  • Philology;

  • Anthropology of the Ancient World


The course has an interdiscinplinary approach and will offer seminars (following the ECTS credit standard), internships and stages in reaserch istitutions about the Ancient World in Italy and abroad.

last update: 12-Nov-2019
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