The University of Siena has set up Doctoral Programmes for young people with particular expertise in the field of research who wish to obtain the qualification of PhD. The Doctoral Programmes offer a wide variety of programmes on specific scientific topics.
Admission to the Doctoral Programmes is subject to a selection process, which is open to those in possession of an Italian second cycle degree (or degree awarded under the previous Italian system) or an equivalent qualification awarded by a foreign university.
Each year at least half of the number of doctoral students admissible to each Doctoral Programme will receive a scholarship. These are awarded according to a list of merit drawn up following the admission examination and the exact number of grants is redefined on an annual basis.
- Courses begin on 1 October or 1 November of each year, according to the proposals of the individual Academic Boards and the decisions of the Academic Senate.
- Competition announcements for admission to the Doctoral Schools are issued from April/May.
- The selection procedures will be completed by 15 September for the Doctoral Programmes in which courses begin on 1 October, and by 15 October for the Doctoral Programmes in which courses begin on 1 November.
The Santa Chiara Graduate School comprises the University of Siena’s doctoral research schools that, according to an international scientific committee, have distinguished themselves in the high level of education they offer and the international nature of their teaching and research.
The School trains young Italian and foreign graduates in advanced research and represents a centre of excellence due to its high quality and international teaching and cooperation.
The various Santa Chiara doctoral research schools work together on multidisciplinary research projects.
Those who attend the Santa Chiara Graduate School benefit from English and Scientific English and/or Italian language courses, accommodation in the School’s halls of residence, intensive extra-curricular courses and seminars on relevant topics, as well as a wide choice of both independent and organised leisure time activities.
Based on an Anglo-Saxon model of halls of residence, the University of Siena boasts its own “Collegio” and the “Refugio”, which provide accommodation for postgraduate students in the historical centre of the city.
These buildings are also used to hold teaching activities, conferences, courses and interdisciplinary seminars, but their most original characteristic is that they function as informal gathering places in which doctoral students and tutors live and dine together.
The “Collegio” can accommodate about 80 young researchers and teachers, while the “Refugio” has room for about 90 guests.