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Admission Procedure

Admission to the Ph.D. Programs is by public selection.
The University selection call is launched annually.

Calls for applications for the academic year 2020-2021, XXXVI cycle, are now open. The deadline for submission of applications is 31 July 2020 at 12.00 noon. MORE INFO

The selection for admission is based on the criteria and modalities described in the call.
Admission to our research doctorate program is open to anyone who holds a master’s degree or its equivalent, in a health-related field, even if awarded abroad and recognized by the Selection Board, regardless of age and nationality.

Academic pathway

The research doctorate courses last three years.
Students must attend the courses and carry out study and research activities on a continuous and regular basis, in compliance with the rules and regulations established by the Collegio dei Docenti.
Every year doctorate students must provide the Collegio dei Docenti with an account of the research activities carried out during the preceding year.
Ph.D. students must acquire a minimum of CFUs (CFU=University credit unit), during their training. Credits can be collected attending different type of seminars and workshops.

Final Dissertation

At the end of Ph.D. course, candidates must submit their dissertation thesis to the Collegio dei Docenti, to be admitted to the final examination. The Ph.D. thesis is sent to two high recognized value professors for external evaluation.
Subsequently, the final examination step consists of a public defense of the dissertation, during which the candidates present and discuss the results of their research in front of a board of experts in the subject. The dissertation defense may be carried out in a language other than Italian.
More details are available in each program’s page.

Location and Facilities

The Ph.D. programs are organized by the Novara Medical School (UPO) and benefits from outstanding research laboratories located at:

The Novara Medical School, its affiliated hospitals and research institutes are home to research laboratories working in all areas of bioscience and foster a stimulating and supportive environment for research training. Indeed, our environment guarantees expertise that will enable students to achieve their research goals, whether they are interested in biological mechanisms, disease-focused translational studies, or applied research. Through the numerous core facilities, they will have ready access to the latest, most advanced technologies. Because the Novara area is small and concentrated with biomedical researchers, students will never find them further than a short walk away from leading experts or emerging technology that can boost their research forward.

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Students admitted to a Research Doctorate course who have been granted a scholarship must pay a university tuition fee of € 212 to be paid upon enrollment.
All doctorate students, whether or not awarded a scholarship, must pay a contribution of € 140 to the EDISU (Ente Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio).
The following students are exempt from the payment of the EDISU and university fees: those who are qualified for a scholarship in the EDISU ranking, and those who declare, and can prove, they are disabled with a degree of invalidity of at least 66%.


Scholarships are available for students andare awarded on the basis of the marks gained in the admission examination.
The scholarship covers the entire duration of the course. The amount of the grant  is increased by 50% for study periods spent abroad. The scholarship cannot be concurrent with other scholarships of any kind or with other fellowships granted for the same purpose.

Ph.D. Office

Dr. Mario Repole
Via Duomo, 6 – 13100 Vercelli
Tel. 0161261522
Fax 0161211369
e-mail: mario.repole@uniupo.it