PHD Call AY 2022/2023 link

Descriptive Annex ITA – PhD Programme link

Descriptive Annex ENG – PhD Programme link

Instructions ITA link

Instructions ENG link


Positions:  8 positions: 6 ordinary position + 2 additional grants with specific fixed topics (described in )
Scholarships: 5 (4 funded by MUR; 1 funded by IMC, 1 of which reserved for foreign candidates holding a foreign degree) + 2 PNRR grants

Coordinator: Prof.  Simona Distinto – (until 1st October 2022) then Prof. M. Cristina Follesa

Date and place of admission tests
Interview: date to be defined.  The timetable will be available in  the web page
Admission tests:
Assessment of qualifications, curriculum vitae, project and interview (in a video conference, schedule and details will available in the web page).
Admission tests for foreign applicants:
Assessment of qualifications, curriculum vitae, project, reference letters and interview (in a video conference, details will be forwarded by the commission).


A project submitted, mission statement, and specific topics for each curriculum.

The project (min. 8000 max 16.000 characters – spaces included; title and references,bibliographic excluded), should be uploaded online and  will be evaluated  within the interview. The following information must be included:

  1.  purpose of the proposed research project and the related curriculum;
  2.  state of the art of research;
  3.  detailed workplan;
  4. expected results;
  5. personal statement, i.e. max. 1,000 characters (including spaces) explaining the reasons prompting the candidate to apply for the PhD Programme.

More specifically, the candidate will focus on a topic he/she studied in depth, summarizing its fundamental concepts and results, but also explaining the most advanced and innovative aspects. The candidate will also have the opportunity of supposing the future perspectives of the project, considering its theoretical and/or operational developments.

During the interview, the candidate’s language skills in English will be assessed.

Besides the discussion about the project, the candidates have to demonstrate the knowledge of important topics related to the curriculum of interest.


Biomedical curriculum
Structure, function and metabolism of biological macromolecules. Structures and replication strategies of animal viruses and the mechanism of interaction with host cells.

Human and Animal Biology and Ecology curriculum
Study of the animal and human biodiversity (ecological, morphological and evolutionary aspects) with special attention to the methods and applications related to the management and conservation of natural
resources, the ecological processes and the ‘man-environment’ interactions.

Drug Sciences curriculum
Nanotechnological applications to drug delivery. Ethanol psychopharmacology in light of its metabolism. Genetic manipulations in neuro-psychopharmacology research. Biopharmaceutical properties of
medicines. Conventional and modified release dosage forms. Methodologies and issues related to discovery, design and development of drugs. Antimicrobial agents, Anticancer drugs, Antiviral drugs, Drugs acting
on the cardiovascular system, drugs affecting the blood, renal system drugs, drugs affecting the immune system activity, or acting on autonomic and the central nervous system.

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