university of florence phd

PhD Programmes

The Dottorato di Ricerca (Research Doctorate-Ph.D.) constitutes the third cycle of education provided by the Italian academic system and it is functional to the acquisition of the skills which are necessary to undertake highly qualified research activities in universities, public and private institutions.The duration of the course is normally 36 monthsThe call for access to the course is published every year at the beginning of the summer. The title of Dottore di Ricerca (Ph.D.) is awarded after the defence, or discussion, of the final thesis.

Doctorate at the University of Florence

In the academic year 2021/22 the University of Florence is the headquarter of  26 Ph.D. Programmes in the following areas: Biomedical, Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, Humanities.List

The University of Florence also participates as a partner in 10 Ph.D. Programmes in a consortium agreement with other Italian universities.List

In the context of the internationalization of research, the University of Florence promotes the development of co-tutored doctoral theses, on the basis of specific collaboration agreements with foreign universities and the institution of International Doctoral programmes with the issue of a double or joint degree (learn more on PhD Programmes and Internationalization).

The Industrial Doctorate and the Higher-Level Apprenticeship Doctorate are highly qualified courses in the field of technology transfer and the relationship with the business world (learn more on Doctorate and Businesses).

Methods of access and notice of competitive examination

International students

Information for doctoral students

Cross skills 2020/2021 – Training offer

Notices and news

  • Scholarship from the Intesa San Paolo Foundation to Ph.D. students in Humanities (read about the latest winner on UnifiMagazine – in Italian)

University of Florence PhD regulations

  • Regulation for the accreditation, establishment, and operation of Doctoral Research Programmes (pdf)
  • Rules for the deposit of the Doctorate thesis (pdf)

Fees And Charges

All university fees and contributions are paid through the PagoPA system within the GCS (Student Career Management) reserved area. How to use PagoPA.

Below is an excerpt of the information available in the Italian website and in the Student Regulations (section 13) on when and how much students are charged each year to study at the University of Florence.

Fees and charges are the same for enrolment in any of the first (bachelors)second (masters) or combined cycle degree programmes that the University offers.

Information on fees and charges for doctoral programmes and other continuing education study paths is available in the web pages of each individual course.

The total amount of enrolment charges and tuition fees for academic year 2021-2022 at the University of Florence, vary from €156 to about €2650. There is a part which is fixed for everyone (enrolment charges: €156) and another part (tuition fees) which varies according to the student’s family overall income determined by the ISEE declaration.

For information on what is exactly the ISEE declaration and how to obtain it see here (in Italian) or the Italian Government’s official website.

Below is a schematic overview on how the fees and charges are composed:

  • An all inclusive fee, established by the University, as provided by Law 232/2016,
  • Regional tax (€140) and stamp duty (€16), as per current legislation.

Calculate the amount with the “Tax simulator

How the amount of the contribution is determined – 1st year students

  • For those enrolling in the first year of any degree program (three-year bachelor, master’s, single-cycle) the contribution is determined according to the overall family income, based on the ISEE (Indicatore Situazione Economica Equivalente).

How the amount of the contribution is determined – students of the following years

For those enrolling in the years following the first, the contribution is based on:

  • Income, based on the ISEE.
  • Regularity of studies. With reference to the fees, students are defined as regular if they have been enrolled in the number of years equal or inferior to the normal duration of the course of study, plus one. i.e. students can only fall behind one year before being considered no longer regular. For part-time students the number of enrolments is calculated proportionally.
  • Definition of ‘active’ student. To be considered ‘active’, students enrolling in the 2nd year of studies must have obtained at least 10 CFU (ECTS credits) in the previous year and before 10 August of the academic year of enrolment, whereas those enrolling in subsequent years must have obtained at least 25 CFU.

Payments are due in two instalments

  • the first one payable at the time of enrolment
  • and the second one due in the late Spring of the following calendar year. Please refer to each year’s Student Regulations (Manifesto degli Studi) to find out the exact deadlines (Calendar of key deadlines).

There are late fees and interest rate charges for late payments.

Partial or total exemptions
 from the payment (read more in Italian)

50% and 75% part-time students
 will have respectively a 50% or 25% discount on tuition fees.

For a detailed chart of the fees and charges tiers of first year students check here.

Students enrolling in some programmes such as in the Human Health area will need to pay additional fees. For more details please check the admissions’ webpages of each School.

Students with a certified disability of more than 66% and those who receive a study grant are exempt from all fees and charges except for the stamp duty (€16) (read more in Italian).

Detailed info on charges and tuition fees is in section 13 of the Student Regulations (Manifesto degli Studi) in Italian.

University of Florence

University Of Florence

country rank 12
world rank 632

University Overview

Established in 1321, Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence) is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the medium city of Firenze (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Toscana. Officially recognized by the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research of Italy), Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFI) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational Italian higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 699 years old Italian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UniFI also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

University Identity

NameUniversity of Florence

University Location

AddressPiazza San Marco, 4
50121 Toscana
Tel+39 055 27571
Fax+39 055 264194

Study Areas And Degree Levels





Arts & Humanities 
Business & Social Sciences 
Language & Cultural 
Medicine & Health 
Science & Technology 

Yearly Tuition Range

1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations
Admission RateNot reported
Admission OfficePiazza San Marco, 4
Firenze 50121

Size And Profile

Student Enrollment over-45,000
Academic Staff 2,500-2,999
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit

Academic Calendar Other
Campus Setting Urban
Religious AffiliationNone

Facilities And Services

Library Yes 
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes

Study Abroad Yes
Distance LearningNot reported
Academic CounselingNot reported
Career ServicesYes
Institutional HospitalYes


Institutional Accreditation 

Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, Italia

Year of first Accreditation


Memberships And Affiliations

  • European University Association (EUA)
  • Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER)

Academic Structure

University of Florence
|School of Agriculture School of Architecture School of Economics and Management School of Law School of Engineering School of Humanistic Studies and Education School of Human Health Sciences School of Psychology School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences School of Political Science

Tip: search for University of Florence’s faculties or academic divisions with the uniRank Search Engine

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