General admission procedure


!! Important !!

Like in 2020, because of the continuing restrictions as a result of COVID-19 the 2021 admission procedure has been adapted.

This year the admission procedure will be based on an evaluation of the CV and an interview, which will take place telematically using the platform Zoom.

CDSM has two curricula: Chemical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences. All available scholarships are divided amongst the two curricula and admission occurs through separate procedures. A candidate can apply for only one curriculum.

Update 2021_04_12: FAQ

The admission procedure is based on:

A. CV (max. 40 points).

Points are assigned to:

1. MSc-thesis or draft (4 points):

Applicants that are not yet in the possession of their degree have to submit an extended summary of the MSc-thesis (max. 4 pages) signed by the applicant and the supervisor

2. Curriculum (23 points)

    1. a list of all exams (including votes) followed during the academic study (both BSc and MSc). For candidates with a foreign degree also the scoring scale has to be provided.
    2. the starting date of the academic study (indicate periods of leave with certificates) 
    3. the final examination vote (for candidates that have already graduated)
    4. documents that certify relevant study of work experiences abroad (with indication of the duration in months)

3. Pubblications (1 point)

Only scientific publications that are indexed on ISI/Scopus or accepted for publication (evidenced by a DOI) will be taken into consideration. Abstracts of conferences will not be considered

4. Other (12 points): 

    1. Original research proposal for a PhD-project (max. 2 pages, character size: 11, line spacing: 1,1). The project should be coherent with the research topics of the PhD-programme in Molecular Sciences (
    2. Up to 2 reference letters by Italian or foreign professors/experts
    3. Awards/prizes received as a result of academic accomplishments

B. Interview (max. 60 points).

The interview will be conducted by the CDSM admission committee using the platform Zoom. 

1. Scientific knowledge

Open questions on general scientific arguments divided per area. The questions relate to general topics taken from the BSc-programme (a syllabus is available here).
Each candidate has to discuss topics from two different areas.  The candidate will select two areas and for each selected area is offered three topics by the commission. The candidate selects one for discussion.

The areas are (corresponding to the modules of the written exam):
Curriculum Chemical Sciences (SC)
Analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology
Curriculum Pharmaceutical Sciences (SF)
Analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, Inorganic/physical chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical technology , biotechnology

2. Knowledge of the subject(s) relevant to the research project

The candidate will discuss the MSc-thesis (in English) and the proposed research project provided with the PhD application. The candidate will be evaluated based on his/her level of creative and  critical thinking, the capacity to elaborate on research project development in a broad sense and the impact of the expected results.

3. The candidate will be evaluated on motivation and the potential to achieve professional maturity

The evaluation will include an assessment of the candidate’s awareness of the expertise/skills he/she aims to  develop during the PhD-period.