PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience

Admission to the PhD Course follows a two-stage comparative evaluation procedure as defined in the Call for Applications.

For the purposes of the final ranking up to 60 points can be given to the Candidates’ qualifications (including the written project) and references (first assessment phase) and up to 40 points can be given during the second assessment phase.

In addition to the marks obtained, all rankings will include the surname, first name and date of birth of the candidates.

First assessment phase

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

  1. The qualifications submitted 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 compile the ranking of the first assessment phase.

Only candidates who have obtained a score greater than or equal to 60% of the maximum score for the first evaluation (60 points), will be admitted to the second phase.

Second assessment phase

This phase consists in an interview, held in English in case also supported by video conference, with the Examination Committee aimed at assessing the scientific competences and aptitudes of the Students. The assessment criteria are established by the Commission.

Candidates unable to take the interview at UniSR can ask the Commission to do it in video conference. The Commission can authorize or deny the interview in video conference.

During the interview the candidates will have to show an identification document. The documents accepted are listed in the Call for Applications.

The interview will consider:

  • the general and specific qualifications of the candidates;
  • the knowledge of English;
  • the ability to analyze and discuss one of the papers provided by the Commission in the days before the interviews;
  • the motivation for pursue the PhD Course and further professional research path.

At the end of the second assessment phase, the Examination Committee will fill in 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 fellowships and of the position without a fellowship

The assignment of fellowships is based on the position in the ranking and on the preferences expressed in the application form for the project-based fellowship.

There will be only one final ranking, which will be updated after each withdrawal.

The positions are assigned in the following order:

  1. First phase - 2 three-year project-based fellowships
  2. Second phase - 4 three-year free fellowships
  3. Third phase – 1 position without a fellowship