Doctorate in Chemical and Materials Sciences and Technologies

The Doctoral School of Chemical and Materials Sciences and Technologies was established in 2005 to activate research doctorates in chemistry or the like. Since 2013 it has been transformed into one doctorate course with 5 curricula, in which 2 are run in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) (Italian Institute of Technology).

The Doctorate aims to train high quality researchers in all research fields of fundamental chemistry (analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry) and applied chemistry (pharmaceutical chemistry, food and cosmetic chemistry, pharmaceutical technologies, innovative chemical processes, environmental chemistry) as well as materials science, including nanochemistry.

For this purpose, the doctorate programme is structured into five independent curricula:

  • Chemical Sciences and Technologies
  • Pharmaceutical, Food and Cosmetic Sciences
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Nanochemistry
  • Drug Discovery and Nanobiotechnologies

The research doctorates will gain additional knowledge and skills to those acquired during their previous university studies. In particular, they will be trained to handle and recognize the issues related to specific research sectors, to gain and assimilate the necessary knowledge autonomously and ultimately use it productively to solve them. Furthermore, they will develop their ability to work in groups, to exchange their interdisciplinary skills and give a clear presentation of their research results in both written and verbal form. The research doctorate will therefore be an extremely flexible and versatile figure who will be able to adapt to the new scientific and technological challenges. The balance between gaining and managing skills will enable research doctorates to conduct their important research autonomously with national and multinational companies, research bodies or universities. The doctorate provides an ideal follow-up to university studies, especially for MSc graduates in the following classes LM-13 (Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy), LM-17 (Physics), LM-22 (Chemical Engineering), LM-53 (Materials Science and Engineering), LM-54 (Chemical Sciences), LM-71 (Sciences and Technologies of Industrial Chemistry).

Research structure and teaching staff

The Doctoral School can rely on the collaboration of 4 Departments within the University of Genoa: the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, the Pharmacy Department, the Physics Department, the Department of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, as well as several research units of the Italian Institute of Technology. All these departments are characterized by excellent research standards and numerous collaborations with Italian and foreign industries, universities and research bodies. Besides the structures (laboratories, instrumentation, seminar rooms) provided by these departments, the Doctoral School can rely upon a large number of teaching staff who supervise the PhD students and programme lessons or seminars.


The grant amount for XXXIII cycle (starting on november, 1, 2017) is about 1050 euro/month (net) for the forst three curricula, and about 1250 euro/month for the other two. Should a certain period be spent abroad, this amount is increased by 50% for the whole period of stay. Those students not entitled to a grant do in fact benefit from other forms of funding. The annual enrolment tax amounts to up to 200 euro (it depends on the overall income). The research and courses initiate on November 1 of every year. The doctorate course lasts exactly for three years and concludes with a written thesis which is reviewed by two external referees and then presented to an appointed examination board. For further details on deadlines and how to apply, please go to section on ‘calls’ (competition announcements).
To be considered for selection, applicants should have an Italian MSc degree or a five-year Italian degree (old curriculum), as long as the degree is obtained prior to the end of october. Graduates from foreign universities may also be considered, on the condition that their degree is recognized as being equivalent to the above-mentioned qualification. It is not necessary to obtain formal recognition of the degree taken abroad (a complex procedure) and it is adequate to have a recognition of equivalence that can simply be issued by the Faculty. To have such equivalence though, it is necessary to present: a) a legal translation of the qualification; b) a valid certificate issued by the Italian embassy. Even if these dcuments are not yet available, the students can apply and be admitted (they must of course present these documents before starting of the doctorate). In this case, however, th candidates should include in the application all the informations needed for the equivalence decision by the Faculty (e.g. the duration of pre-academic studies, the programmes of units and so on). The successful students will be called to choose, according to their ranking, one of the lines of research activated for that period of study, whilst the Faculty will nominate one or two tutors.

Every year about 25-26 students are admitted to the course. You can see their list at this link.