PhD Programmes


The Bologna Process  is a  significative European process committed to a unique higher education reform. This process aims to make higher education systems in Europe more coherent. It established the European Higher Education Area to facilitate student and staff mobility, make higher education more inclusive and accessible, and make European higher education more attractive and globally competitive.

Within the European Higher Education Area, all participating countries agreed to:

1) Establish a three-cycle higher education system comprising undergraduate, master’s and PhD studies;
2) ensure the mutual recognition of qualifications and periods of study abroad obtained at other universities;
3) implement a quality assurance system to increase the quality and relevance of learning and teaching.

 In particular, the Third Cycle of study, the highest level of postgraduate studies, aims to provide the skills necessary to carry out highly qualified research activities. The PhD training course lasts 3 years. To access it you must be in possession  of a Master’s degree or any other suitable qualification even obtained abroad, declared equivalent or recognized as suitable for access to the research doctorate courses on the basis of rules confirmed by relevant international agreements. Admission is based on a compettitive exam.

Information about Ph.D courses list and services for current international PhD students:

XXXVI cycle (2020/2021) PhD Public Competition, by qualifications and examinations, for  admission to the University of Messina Research doctorate Courses. 

Research Grants and Doctorate Programs contacts;

  • PhD Students have the opportunity study abroad periods according to the agreements concluded with UNIME partners ;
  • PhD Students have the possibility of obtaining a scholarship based on the position reached after the admission exam;