International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine

International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine

First assessment phase

Admission to the PhD Course follows a two-stage comparative evaluation procedure defined below.

For the purposes of the final ranking up to 30 points out of 100 can be given in the first assessment phase to the candidates’ qualifications, including the written dissertation, and to the references. Up to 70 points can be given instead during the second assessment phase.

The final rankings will be published as indicated below and they will show the score, the name and surname and the birthdate of the candidates. 

This firs assessment phase is carried out by the Commission and it does not require the presence of the candidates. It concerns the evaluation of:

a. the qualifications submitted:

  • curriculum vitae and other information in the electronic form;
  • degree (5-year degree, as per old Italian regulation, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree) and graduation mark (including BD mark);
  • any publication on international journals or submission of abstracts to conferences;

b. The written dissertation describing the candidates’ research interests;

c. The reference letters directly submitted to the PhD Office of UniSR by the authoritative personalities of the scientific and/or academic world mentioned by the candidates in the application form. These authoritative personalities acknowledge the scientific qualities of the candidates by virtue of their institutional tasks (as per Attachment 1).

On the basis of the documentation received and the preliminary assessment criteria, the Selection Committee will proceed with the comparative evaluation of the candidates and then will prepare the ranking of the first evaluation 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 held in English, in case also supported by video conference, with the Examination Committee. The assessment criteria used shall be those already established by the Commission.

The interview will assess the general and specific competences, their motivation to pursue the PhD Course and further professional research path and since it will be held in English, it represents a language test.

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.

During the interview the candidate will have to show one of the following identification documents: identity card, driving licence, passport or any other document issued by a state authority and provided for by law with a photograph and a stamp or another equivalent marking.

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.

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

Positions are assigned on the basis of the candidate’s place in the final ranking and of the preference expressed in the application form.

There will be only one final ranking, which will be updated after each further withdrawal and/or forfeiture.

The publication of the final ranking on the website or any updated rankings will be notified on the website.

Renouncing a project-based fellowship involves the definitive exclusion from the selection.

Renouncing a free fellowship:

A candidate can decline a fellowship and maintain the position won only if the candidate already benefits from another type of scholarship (e.g. European research scholarships), or a research grant that guarantees the three-years coverage of the PhD scholarship. In this case the fellowship is assigned to the first eligible candidate for a position without fellowship. 

Fellowships are assigned on the basis of the place in the ranking and the preferences expressed in the application form. There are 2 different phases of attribution:

First Phase:

  • Project-based fellowships  are assigned to the eligible candidates who has selected one in the application form
  • 3 two-year free fellowships PhS are assigned to candidates who are going to be enrolled in the last year of one of the Residency Programs in medical areas at UniSR

These positions will be assigned based on the order in the ranking of the candidates and the number of projects available in each Residency Program.

If all the projects offered by the Residency Program of the winner candidate have already been assigned, he/she will lose the position in the ranking.

Second Phase

  • 7 three-year free fellowships
  • 3 positions without fellowship

In the second phase the number of candidates admitted will be equal to the number of available positions with three-year free fellowships and without fellowships. In this case, 10 positions as indicated in Article 1 of this call,

The assignment of positions is made according to the order of the ranking updated with the assignments of the previous phase and in case of renunciations/forfeiture.

The process to assign projects to candidates admitted in this phase is regulated by a specific procedure of the Doctoral Course which foresees that the admitted candidates meet the DoS of the projects they are interested in.

These interviews must take place within 2 weeks from the publication of the final ranking.  The project must be assigned within one month form the publication of the final ranking.

The procedure will be available on the University website in the PhD Course pages.

If a candidate renounces the position, the following eligible candidate in the ranking will take over.

Once all fellowships are assigned, the LAST ranking is published. This includes the project assigned to each candidate. Candidates will have to enroll as indicated in the Call for Applications.

After the deadlines for the enrollment, candidates who have not complied with the requirements will be considered renouncers.  These candidates will be replaced by other candidates according to the order of the ranking. Also these candidates must meet the deadlines previously mentioned as for the assignment of the projects.

Istruzione Operativa per Assegnazione dei progetti alle Posizioni Libere Operating instruction to assign the free positions