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The fields of Physics and Geology share several methodologies and research themes, such as the application of physical, numerical, experimental, and computer technology methods. Particularly relevant are the studies on the cosmic radiation and astroparticles, nuclear and elementary particle physics, the properties of condensed matter, cosmochemistry and geochemistry of the solar system bodies, the nuclear dating of meteorites and rocks, tectonics and geodynamics, the exploration of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, and the dynamics of earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. The interdisciplinary teaching and research training approach is aimed at forming specialists with an outstanding scientific profile, who are able to develop their future career in both basic and applied research and the industry. Agreements with foreign high level Universities (such as the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenaghen) have been signed to insure the possibility of co-tutorship of the PhD Thesis and of achieving the title of Doctor Europaeus.

The integration between physical and geological disciplines occurs through the development of two interacting curricula: Physics and Geology.

The curriculum in Physics includes theoretical and experimental research carried out in collaboration with international organizations, such as CERN, ESA, ESO and NASA. It focuses on fundamental interactions, particle and astroparticle physics, and nuclear interactions. Moreover, the curriculum comprises education and research training in condensed matter and solid state physics, as well as in biophysics and nanoscience research, also in collaboration with international facilities such as Elettra, ILL and ESS.

The curriculum in Geology includes field and experimental research on the main constituents of the earth (minerals, rocks, fossils), on the magmatic, geomorphologic, sedimentologic and tectonic processes.  Moreover, it includes research training aimed at localizing and exploiting geologic resources such as geomaterials, water and hydrocarbon resources. Specific lines of research are developed in the context of engineering geology, hydrogeological, seismological, and volcanic risks.

A list of present and past specific research topics can be found in the section devoted to PhD Students.

Here you will find a collection of photos relative to the celebration of the PhD Honoris Causa to John Sandercock:

Coordinator of the PhD Program and Responsible for the Curriculum in Physics

Prof Giovanni Carlotti 

tel.:  [+39] 075 585 2767

e-mail: giovanni.carlotti(at)

Vice-Coordinator and Responsible for the Curriculum in Geology

Prof Diego Perugini 

tel.: [+39] 075 585 2608

e-mail: diego.perugini(at)

XXXVI series (link to the call)

General information

The new PhD program in Earth System and Global Changes aims to train specialists with interdisciplinary skills, able to deal with several significant and compelling problems of our rapidly changing world, mainly related to: Earth history and dynamics; exploitation of renewable and non-renewable energy resources and geomaterials, also in the perspective of a circular economy; mitigation of geological risks (seismic, volcanic, and hydro-geomorphological).
The PhD program provides international training opportunities on issues relating to climate change, strategies for mitigating natural and human-induced risks, demand for natural resources, and environmental sustainability.

Postdoctoral occupational contexts

The PhD program will train experts with high technical-scientific profile, able to fit into various public and private occupational contexts. The obtained updated and innovative skills will facilitate access to numerous work fields, such as (1) universities and other research institutions; (2) government agencies that require researchers who can support management and policy decisions to address major environmental problems that modern society is facing today, also promoting increased interactions between stakeholders and local communities (Social License); (3) public and private companies devoted to land management and geological risk mitigation, procurement, modelling, and management of geo-resources, sustainable production of minerals and energy resources, and the study and promotion of landscape and cultural heritage.

Educational and training activities

The PhD board provides a Doctoral Training Program, consisting of a wide range of first-class teaching activities. Starting from this program, PhD students are strongly encouraged in customizing their personal training path, coherently with the objectives of their specific research project.

Doctoral program courses

The courses will be taken by teachers belonging to the PhD board or by qualified external teachers, and may also be organized as thematic schools and/or workshops. All courses and schools will be open to students from other Italian or international PhD programs, promoting intellectual, scientific and personal exchanges among the participants. Eight courses (on average 3 ECTS each) will be offered, distributed in two periods: First semester (and winter schools), November-February; Second semester (and summer schools), March-October.

Courses offered by the MSc in Geology

The Department of Physics and Geology activated two new MSc courses ("GeoSciences for Risk and Environment Management" and "Geology for Energy Resources"), whose topics effectively interface with the educational objectives of the PhD program. Three courses (6 ECTS each), borrowed from the MSc classes, will be included in the PhD program, aimed to integrate specific training demands.

Seminar Cycles

Seminars and Lectures, on topics not strictly related to the student research projects, will be organized, usually in the period between November 1st and May 31st, aimed at broadening the skills and increasing the awareness of PhD students. The lectures will be given by Italian and foreign qualified experts, by members of the PhD Board, as well as by former PhD students.

Research stay in Italy and abroad

The PhD training program will be enhanced by stays at other universities or research institutions, in Italy (for an average period of 3 months) or abroad, both within the institutions involved in the PhD (for an average period of 12 months), and/or in other qualified universities or research institutions (for an average period of 6 months).

Further training activities

The doctoral training program also comprises further activities, shared with other University of Perugia PhD programs, as described in the following.
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training, advanced linguistic and computing training:
- Foreign language courses at CLA (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo/University Language Center) according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), of six-month (10 CFU/ECTS) or annual (13 CFU/ECTS) duration;
- Computer lab courses or specific modules (1-2 CFU/ECTS) related to software for data analysis (R, Stata, GIS), word processing programs (LaTeX), specialized software, dedicated to geological data processing;
- Research management, knowledge of research systems and funding systems (1 CFU/ECTS);
- Enhancement of research results and intellectual property (6 courses, each 1 CFU/ECTS each). Each course is focused on the transition from basic research to applied research; research enhancement techniques; the funding of applied research; the protection of intellectual property; the university's actions to promote patents; business creation and research spin-offs. All the courses and modules described in this section require a final check.

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The PhD School in Physics



General description

The new PhD course in Physics of the University of Perugia has been active since the XXXVI cycle. It joins the previous PhD course in "Sciences and Technologies for Physics and Geology" born in 2014 from the merging of the Physics and Geology areas of the Department of Physics and Geology.

The three-year course aims to provide high-level education and research skills in Physics as required by both the academic world and the job market.

Thanks to the internationalization of the PhD school and the outstanding research activities carried out in both theoretical and experimental Physics in our Department, the course may provide a double PhD degree through international agreements with several organizations among the most prestigious universities and research institutes in the world.


Research fields

The student activities are coordinated by a supervisor, which is assigned according to the research field chosen by the student for his/her thesis among those active in the Department: Applied Physics, Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics, Biophysics, Gravitational Waves and Multimessenger Astronomy, Medical Physics, Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Soft Matter Physics, Solid State Physics and Theoretical Physics.

The supervisor is responsible for guiding the student through the training courses and her/his research project by integrating the student activity in the local group, as well as by ensuring her/him wide visibility in the international context.


Educational and Training Activities

During the first year of the course, the students are required to consolidate their knowledge by attending advanced courses and training activities selected by the student according to the needs of the research area of her/his interest.
A minimum number of credits (CFU/ECTS) has to be collected to access the second year.
To customize her/his training course each student has several tools at own disposal.

Doctoral program courses

The doctoral program offer comprises 8 courses (on average 3 CFU/ECTS for each course) focused on both the general objectives of the school and the specific training of the PhD students. Courses are given by teachers belonging to the PhD School Committee or by qualified external experts.

More ECTS can be collected by participating in external schools on specific topics held by the Department of Physics and Geology, as well as other national or international institutions.
The courses are organized in two periods:
- first semester/winter schools: from November 1st to February 28th;
- second semester/summer schools: from March 1st to October 31st.

Courses offered by the Master School in Physics

Two courses (6 CFU/ECTS each), chosen among those offered by the Master's Degree in Physics, can be added to the doctoral training program.
The Department of Physics and Geology offers 5 curricula for the Master's Degree in Physics in the following fields: Astrophysics and Astroparticles, Medical Physics, Particle Physics, Solid State Physics, Theoretical Physics.

Seminar cycles

Seminars on topics that are not strictly related to the student research projects offer top-level training aimed at broadening the skills and increasing the awareness of PhD students.

In addition to the general seminars proposed by the Department and the partner research institutions (CNR and INFN), the Doctoral Advisory Committee organizes lectures given by external experts, members of the committee and former PhD students.

Attending seminars organized by national or international institutions can be included in the doctoral training if they meet the high-level education standard requested by the PhD course.

Research stay

The doctoral program includes visiting periods in other Italian universities or research institutes (average research stay of 3 months). Research stay periods will be possible as well abroad, either in one of the cooperating partner institutions involved in this PhD program (average research stay of 12 months) or in other high-level foreign institutions (average research stay of 6 months).

The PhD course benefits of several contracts of cooperation with the most prestigious universities and the most important research institutions. A collaboration agreement is established with CNR-IOM and INFN funding agencies that offer scholarship grants and the opportunity of participating in international research projects of excellence conducted at the most important large scale facilities in the field.

An international degree program is implemented jointly with other universities: an enduring relationship of cooperation has been established with the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, while the collaboration agreement with the Universities of Geneva, Ghent and Uppsala is being finalized. The double PhD doctoral degree will be awarded after spending a visiting period of at least 6 months, with the attribution of 5 CFU/ECTS per month.

The PhD course is being accredited to the International Doctorate Network in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (IDPASC).

Further training activities

The doctoral training program comprises joint activities with other doctoral curricula of the University of Perugia, as described in the following.

Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training, advanced linguistic and computing training:
- Foreign language courses at CLA (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo/University Language Center) according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), of six-month (10 CFU/ECTS) or annual (13 CFU/ECTS) duration;
- Specific training to deepen the knowledge of PhD students with specialized workshops in collaboration with the Italian Association of Physics Students. The workshops consist of several teaching units, with a final exam of 1 CFU/ECTS each, concerning data analysis (ROOT, Mathematica, TensorFlow, R) and word processing (LaTeX).

Research management and knowledge of funding systems. Four courses of 1 CFU/ECTS each concerning:
- Research planning and development;
- Preparation and management of research project budgets;
- Project management for work schedule and budget report;
- Managing relationships with funding partners.

The exploitation of research results and intellectual property. Six courses of 1 CFU/ECTS each concerning:
- The transition from basic to applied research;
- Techniques for research exploitation;
- Funding for applied research;
- Protection of intellectual property;
- University support for patent application;
- Industry and research spin-off.

All courses described in the present section will be concluded by a final exam.

Postdoctoral job opportunities

The main professional opportunities for a PhD in physics are the scientific activities in national and international research institutions: universities, laboratories, large scale facilities and centers of excellence.

Our graduates easily find positions in the institutions they collaborated with and they visited during the PhD, thanks to the consolidated credits that the members of the Department of Physics and Geology have in the international research circuits.

The doctoral program gives students the opportunity to spend periods of the research stay, within the framework of the main European and non-European mobility programs, in the most important and prestigious large scale facilities and research centers (CERN, ASI, VIRGO / EGO and ILL, to name the major ones), and in many universities all over the world.

Furthermore, basic research carried out in collaboration with other research institutions (CNR and INFN), such as those related to space exploration, energy physics and functional characterization of materials, has often led to important business activities, stimulating and favoring the creation of innovative companies.

Last but not least, teaching and dissemination of scientific results towards society offer further job opportunities being fundamental feedback in our society.

Research Facilities

An open space workstation is available for each student. In addition, the student has access to other spaces and laboratories managed by the research groups which she/he is in collaboration with. The research groups can offer further funds, in addition to the ones guaranteed by the scholarships, in order to support students’ research and education.

Key Facilities and laboratories

There are several laboratories equipped with experimental facilities and data acquisition systems; among them, the principal are:
Cleanroom, semiconductor and detector development laboratory, astrophysics and astronomical observatory; cryogenics and interferometry laboratory; optical and dielectric spectroscopic; X-ray fluorescence and diffractometry; electronic microscopy; SERMS - space-related technology; NiPS - Energy Harvesting; ICT - Simulation and Data Analysis.

Library resources

A wide range of books and reference texts for students is available at the Mathematics, Physics and Geology Library. Access to the other libraries of the University of Perugia and online databases are available as well. Moreover, the main international journals and periodicals related to the fields of interest of the PhD course are available in electronic and print formats.
Finally, thanks to the association with the main worldwide laboratories, all databases necessary to the research activities can be consulted.


Databases: the main international public databases, relevant for the research activities, are available online.
Software: software licenses necessary to the doctoral research activities, such as Mathematica, LabView, Ansys and many others are made available by university, INFN or by research groups.

Computing: a medium-size (~500 cores) computing center is available at the Physics and Geology Department providing suitable resources in terms of computing power and storage.


General services, organized and managed in collaboration with the local divisions of CNR and INFN are also available, such as mechanical and electronic workshops, chemistry and microanalysis laboratory.


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A co-tutorship (or “cotutelle”, as this type of cooperation originated in France) is a bilateral agreement signed by two universities located in two different countries on behalf of a PhD candidate.

The agreement is aimed at the awarding of a double PhD degree, should the single thesis defense be successful.  

Candidates enrolled at the first year of a PhD programme can request the setting-up of a co-tutorship agreement, using the relevant TEMPLATE.

A co-tutorship agreement must comply with the following conditions:

  • The PhD candidate’s training and research activities are supervised by two professors, one from the Home University (namely, where the PhD candidate firstly enrolled), the other one from the Host University.
  • The PhD candidate is required to spend more or less the same period of time at both universities (for UNIBO, minimum one year) according to a calendar set up by the two supervisors.
  • The PhD candidate will take just one final exam (usually at the Home University) and the examination board will be composed by members from both universities.
  • Both universities will award a PhD degree: the co-tutorship does not imply a joint academic degree.
  • As a general rule, the PhD candidate is enrolled in both Universities but he/she will pay the tuition fees only to the Home University.



  • The European Doctorate, or European label for a doctoral degree, It is neither a supranational academic title nor a title awarded by international institutions, but it adds value to a Doctoral degree inasmuch as it certifies the fulfillment of four requirements, i.e. joint supervision, an international Board of Examiners, multilingualism and international mobility. It is in the form of a label added to the title of “Dottore di Ricerca” (Research Doctor), provided that the following requirements are fulfilled:
  • At least two referees from higher education institutions of European countries (other than the one where the thesis is defended) must have reviewed the thesis;
  • At least one member of the Board of Examiners should come from a higher education institution in a European country other than the one where the thesis is defended;
  • A part of the defence must take place in one of the EU official languages, other than the Italian;
  • The thesis must have been prepared in part subsequent to a research period of at least three months spent in another European country.

Doctoral students who are eligible for the European label for their doctoral degree should apply to their Academic Board. When applying for the final examination, specifying that they also apply for the label of Doctor Europæus.

Template for the title of Doctor Europaeus (within the end of third year of PhD)



This action is meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world. Only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.ex I.  Mobility across borders is a must. Cross-sectoral mobility is also encouraged. The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs.  European Fellowships last from one to two years, Global Fellowships from two to three years. You submit a research proposal, including your CV. The proposal is written jointly with your chosen host organisation(s) (a university, a research centre or a company). Proposals are submitted in reply to a call for proposals. All open calls and related information such as the Guide for Applicants and full eligibility criteria can be found at the Participant Portal. Advice and information can also be found through the National Contact Points and Horizon 2020 Helpdesk.



 The Fulbright Programme supports the mobility between Italy and USA providing scholarships reserved to Italian and American citizens and jointly offered by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United States Department of State.


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