International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine

International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine

First assessment phase

Admission to one of the Curricula of the PhD Course takes place after passing a two-stage comparative evaluation procedure, as defined in the Call for Application.

For the purposes of the final ranking up to 30 points can be attributed to the candidates’ qualifications (including the written dissertation) and references (first assessment phase), and up to 70 points can be attributed during the second assessment phase.

This phase  is carried out by the Commission and does not require the presence of the candidates and it concerns di evaluation of:

  1. The qualifications filed from the candidates in the online form;
  2. The written dissertation describing the candidates’ research interests;
  3. The reference letters, directly submitted to the PhD Office by referee/s listed by the candidates in the application form.

Based on the documents received, the Commission will proceed to the first evaluation phase, comparative assessment of the candidates’ qualifications and will rank the candidates admitted to the second phase.

Only candidates, who have obtained a score greater than or equal to 50% of the maximum score attributable for the first evaluation (30 points), will be admitted to the second phase.

The candidates will be provided with three scientific publications selected by the Commissions.  The candidate will have to choose one to discuss during the interview.

Second assessment phase

This phase consists in an interview with the Examination Committee which will preferably take place in English.  The assessment criteria used shall be those already established by the Commission.

Candidates unable to take the second phase of the interview at UniSR can ask the Commission to do the interview via videoconference. The Commission can authorize or deny the interview via videoconference.

During the interview the candidate will have to show one of the following identification documents.

The interview will assess:

  • the general and specific competences,
  • their motivation to pursue the PhD Course
  • further professional research path.

During the interview the candidate will be asked to: 

  • Give a presentation about the research activity carried out before or after the Master’s Degree.
  • Discuss one of the three scientific publications provided by the Commission.

The interview focuses on assessing the candidate’s ability to analyse data, knowledge of the technologies used, the research field and the ability to evaluate data in a given field.

At the end of the second assessment phase, the Examination Committee will draw up a final ranking based on a comparative assessment of the candidates.

Candidates with a final score lower than 60% of the total score (100 points) will be considered non-eligible.

Assignment of the positions

There will be only one final ranking, which will be updated after each withdrawal. The final ranking is published on the website.

Fellowships are assigned based on the final ranking, on the positions available and on the preferences declared by the candidates.

If a candidate gives up the position, the following candidate in the ranking will take over.

After the ranking is published, the Phd Office will organise interviews with the Directors of Studies responsible for the projects selected during the application.

The candidate will then have one day to inform the PhD office via email about the project selected.

If the project is no longer available, the PHD Office informs the candidate that the project selected has already been chosen by another candidate, he/she will have another day to communicate three other preferences.

The Phd Office will organise other interviews with the Directors of Studies responsible for the projects.  The candidate will have one day to confirm his/her preference (segreteria.dottorati@unisr.it) by the end of the day after the interview.

If a candidate is interested in a PhS fellowship, he/she will have to choose only one more project among those presented by his/her Residency Program. If the PHD Office informs the candidate that the project he/she has chosen has already been selected by another candidate, the position will be lost.

The candidate who misses the deadline set by the Call for Application will lose the position

Once all fellowships are assigned, the final ranking is published including the project selected by each candidate.