PhD program in Physics

The institution

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Today almost 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our University. Pavia, as a city-campus, offers students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 University colleges. Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants located 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.

The program

The PhD programme in Physics aims at training highly qualified researchers, with excellent career prospects in Universities, public and private research bodies, high technology industries, various types of companies like spin-offs, medical, financial, consulting, etc. The course is organized in three curricula:

  1. Physics of matter
  2. Physics of fundamental interactions
  3. Interdisciplinary and applied physics, including biomedical physics, energy, ICT, environment.

The educational activity of the programme includes courses, attendance to seminars and colloquia, seminars by the students. This activity gives high value to the cultural unity of physics in fundamental research as well as in multidisciplinary and applied fields. It is also aimed at the acquisition of transferable skills that can be spent in any professional environment requiring capability of problem solving, sense of initiative, creativity, autonomy, attitude to teamwork, project management. Training and research activities are closely related, they are conducted in a strongly international framework thanks to collaborations with research centers (e.g. CERN, INFN, CNAO) and with foreign universities. All activities of the PhD are in English.

PhD students participate to research programs that cover most areas of modern physics, including computational facilities and well-equipped labs,  details can be found in the PhD ( and Department ( web sites.

Coordinator of the PhD program: Prof. Daniela Rebuzzi

PhD program website