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Astrophysics PhD Program

The three-year PhD program in Astrophysics is organized by the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Bologna, jointly with the National Institute of Astrophysics. It consists mostly of research activity under the supervision of the advisors.

The educational activity consists of internal courses organized by the PhD School and the attendance at specialized seminars, colloquia and national/international schools.

Students are expected to participate actively in scientific groups and to present their results in national/international meetings.

At the end of the three-year period, the students submit and defend their PhD thesis.

English is the common language of the PhD course.

The selection for the admission, open to international students, is once per year.

For further information contact the coordinator Francesco Rosario Ferraro.

General introduction
The PhD. Program in Astrophysics provides students with opportunities to pursue original research on the frontiers of astronomy and astrophysics and requisite training in the fundamentals of astrophysics. Students may choose a research project from the principal areas of modern theoretical and experimental astrophysics.
Offices, council of professors and representative of students
Internal courses
PhD courses for year 2017
Internal courses (past years)
The PhD course in Astrophysics organizes internal courses every year.
Astronomical Seminars in Bologna
PhD Students
List of astronomy/astrophysics PhD students currently working for the Department
PhD theses
List of PhD theses starting from 1st cycle
Instructions for admission to the call of XXXIV cycle for the academic year 2018-2019.
Template letter for the presentation of PhD candidates
XXXIV cycle: possible projects
The PhD program consists mostly of research activity under the supervision of the advisors.
PhD School of Astrophysics Francesco Lucchin
Marco Polo program
The Marco Polo program, funded by the University of Bologna, has the goal of providing financial support for working visits of young researchers to foreign research centres.



Francesco Rosario Ferraro


Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia

Via Piero Gobetti 93/2

Bologna (BO)

tel: +39 051 20 9 5774