PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 central topic of the Ph.D. in Earth and Environment Sciences is the study of the Earth’s system in its biotic and abiotic components.

Our Ph.D. program is aimed to acquire highly qualified scientific competences in all the areas of the Earth and Natural Sciences. Through a wide network of international collaborations with universities, research institutions and companies, our PhD students can develop their own research.

Ph.D. students are expected to combine research activities with attendance to advanced courses held by faculty members and international speakers. Yearly, one-two Summer/Winter Schools are planned, about geological and/or environmental major topics. Once a year, a Ph.D. Congress is organised, in order to allow Ph.D. students to communicate their research to undergraduate students, young researchers and professors. All the activities, including the Ph.D. thesis, are in English.

Ph.D. students have access, among other facilities, to an ERC-funded experimental mineralogy laboratory, a LIFE-funded inland waters laboratory, a Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry laboratory ,a seed bank in the historical Botanic Garden.

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Coordinator of the PhD program: Prof. Riccardo Tribuzio

PhD program website