PhD program in Clinical and experimental medicine (CEM)

XXXVI cycle - 2020/2021

Duration 3 years
Position 26 position available - 16 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Giuseppe Biagini
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Nota 1st CALL:
- one selection procedure for 10 positions with scholarship, 3 positions without scholarship, 3 positions without scholarship reserved for candidates with foreign degree, 1 position with a three-year research grant funded on the MIUR Call “Department of Eccellence 2018-2022” and 2 positions reserved to employees of the Companies specified by the Call (industrial doctorate);
- six selection procedures, each one for 1 position with scholarship on specific topic.

2nd CALL: Selection procedure for 1 place with scholarship of international mobility on specific topic, as provided in the Call.
Admission Expiration date 15/09/2020 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 30/09/2020
Enrollment deadline 12/10/2020 at 15:00:00

Scientific areas

BIO/09 (Physiology), BIO/10 (Biochemistry), BIO/11 (Molecular Biology), BIO/12 (Clinical Biochemistry and Biology), BIO/17 (Histology), CHIM/08 (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), CHIM/09 (Applied Technological Pharmaceutics), L-LIN/12 (English Language and Translation), MED/01 (Medical Statistics), MED/04 (General Pathology), MED/05 (Clinical Pathology), MED/06 (Medical Oncology), MED/07 (Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology), MED/08 (Pathological Anatomy), MED/09 (Internal Medicine), MED/10 (Respiratory Diseases), MED/11 (Cardiovascular Diseases), MED/12 (Gastroenterology), MED/13 (Endocrinology), MED/14 (Nephrology), MED/16 (Rheumatology), MED/17 (Infectious Diseases), MED/21 (Thoracic Surgery), MED/24 (Urology), MED/28 (Odonto-Stomalogical Diseases), MED/31 (Otorinolaringology), MED/33 (Locomotory Diseases), MED/35 (Skin and Venereal Diseases), MED/36 (Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy), MED/39 (Child Neuropsychiatry), MED/40 (Gynaecology and Obstetrics), MED/42 (General and Applied Hygiene), MED/46 (Laboratory Medicine Techniques)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


The Course is organized in 3 curricula: Public health; Translational medicine; Nanomedicine, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Curricula/Thematic areas
Further information on research lines for each curriculum and the relative possible supervisor is available on the PhD Course website

Educational goals:
a) To train PhD graduates able to translate into applied research the major clinical problems concerning the clinical topics covered by the Course. PhD students will acquire the theoretical and practical basis for future research career in public or private health institutions as well as in the industry.
b) To graduate highly qualified PhD students, able to conduct research activities leading to the design, identification and synthesis of new drugs and biologically active molecules. PhD students will also develop specific skills in planning, evaluating and monitoring specific experimental research projects, based on a deep knowledge about the application of a broad spectrum of standard and innovative technologies.
c) To allow PhD students to be fully involved in international research by a multidisciplinary education, enriched by the possibility to be trained for a short period in various national or international research institutes in which to learn the use of specific technologies. So, PhD students will have the opportunity to carry out the research program in a different teaching and working context as well as to refine fluency of the English language.
d) To graduate PhD students that might achieved a complete independence in designing their own research activities on the pathogenesis and treatment of human diseases, by using the most appropriate methods to identify the most specific scientific tools among the wide array of currently available technologies, animals models and approaches.

Professional perspectives
PhD graduates could be hired in public institutions dedicated to research in fundamental and applied science, such as universities, research institutes or research hospitals and health services. PhD graduates may also develop their career in private institutions or enterprises specialized in the development of high-tech products. The graduates will be trained to compete both in national and international institutions, such as the previously mentioned ones. They will also be able to maintain collaborative relationships with the original laboratories of UNIMORE.
In details, PhD graduates may be hired in:
- Public organizations:
a) Institutes and laboratories of the national health system and health services, in which the PhD graduate is expected to be work as the PI of research projects and as the responsible for qualified laboratories.
b) International and/or Italian centers, in which the PhD graduate is expected to be employed as lecturer/professor or associate researcher, especially in the field of biomedical, clinical and technological research.
c) Public institutes and services as well as governmental agencies aimed at promoting scientific research and training.
- Private institutions:
a) Industry: laboratories of pharmaceutical companies aimed at preclinical and clinical, and/or biotechnological research (to develop new drugs, medical devices and biotechnological products):
a. Production monitoring.
b. Quality assessment.
c. Management of products and processes.
b) Laboratories, agencies and institutes whose mission is to develop basic and clinical research.


Three years (01/11/2020 - 31/10/2023)


The course venue is at Modena.


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Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed once a year. The admissions will be open in May 2018 (refer to the Calls).

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Please complete the application form and submit it electronically following the application guide. A non-returnable administrative fee of 25 € will be charged. The decision on admission as well as on financial support is published on the web.

Contact office

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