Didactic program


  • The Doctorate School organizes “Interdisciplinary Courses” open to the students of the various PhD programs of the School. Further details are available on the Doctoral School website (content available only in Italian).
  • The PhD program in Neuroscience organizes courses and laboratories on various topics to give to the students both the basic knowledge required for the comprehension of biomedical technologies and for their application to medical problems and the advanced knowledge of the technologies that are more relevant for their research work. A list and description of the courses proposed to the PhD students for the academic year 2016/2017 is available here: Summary of teaching courses_PhDinNeuroscience.
  • Moreover the PhD program in Neuroscience organizes lectures and seminars on various themes that could be of interest for the PhD students.


Major part of the teaching activity comes from day-to-day contact with the supervisor who gives advice to the student on the best approach to be used to expand his/her knowledge and expertise.


Full time attendance to the laboratories selected for the research program and approved by the Faculty Board is required, with certification from the Supervisor. The preliminary research program, approved by the supervisor, should be presented by the student at the beginning of each year for approval by the Faculty Board and at least one report/year should subsequently be provided.

The student can carry out his/her research plan within Italian or foreign public or private structures, pending Faculty Board and host institution approvals.


The Doctoral thesis will be a written exposition in English reporting the results of the research activity performed during the three years of attendance. The final examination will consist of the defence of the results obtained, highlighting their novelty and scientific relevance. Partial results of particular importance can be published, prior to thesis publication; the publication of at least one paper in a peer-reviewed indexed jpurnal is required. The thesis can also be written in a different language provided the prior agreement of the Faculty.

A preliminary evaluation will be carried out by two external reviewers which can admit the student to the dissertation or postpone the final examination for six months.

The Dissertation board for the final examination will be named by the Dean, based on a proposal from the Faculty. The Dissertation board will be composed of three select components between Academics (full professors, associate professors, and researchers) and can be integrated with no more than two experts belonging to national or foreign public or private Research Centers external to the University.