Life And Environmental Sciences

Academic Year 2020-2021


Ongoing Cycles: XXXIV (A.A. 18/21), XXXV (A.A. 19/22) and XXXVI (A.A. 20/23)

Coordinator: Prof. Paolo Mariani 

Department: Life And Environmental Sciences


1.Marine biology and ecology
2.Biomolecular sciences
3.Civil and environmental protection

Branch: Ancona





The overall goal is the academic training of highly qualified researchers endowed with cutting-edge technical skills and a scientific culture necessary to tackle interdisciplinary studies of complex biological and environmental systems.


In particular, three areas of specialization are offered:

- Marine Biology and Ecology curriculum, to train professionals in basic and applied marine research. The training focuses on the development of theoretical knowledge and applied interdisciplinary skills for marine research planning and execution, as well as for environmental management. Students will be trained for positions in academia, government or industry that leverage their skills in biology and ecology of the marine environment and their practice technical knowledge of field and laboratory updated methods in marine ecology, statistical analysis and modeling for the understanding and protection of the global marine environment.

- Biomolecular Sciences curriculum, to train experts on molecular biology, cellular biology and biotechnology, able to conduct interdisciplinary researches in Academia and in strategic sectors of public and private industry. The training focuses on the development of research skills based on integrated approaches (including bioinformatics) and practice with state-of-the-art instrumentation and in-house core facilities. The understanding of biological phenomena along with the acquired technical skills will prepare students to work also in the bioanalytical and nutrition fields.

- Civil and Environmental Protection curriculum, to train a new generation of scientists and practitioners in the field of disaster risk reduction, environmental control and remediation. Students will delve both into theoretical studies about human-environment interaction as well as practical experience to understand the complexity of environmental processes, risk assessment and emergency management. Ranging from political ecology considerations to field studies and structural engineers solutions, students will be forced to re-think strategies for sustainable environmental management. As a specific feature of this PhD course, even this curriculum is strongly characterized by multi-scale and interdisciplinary research approaches.


Admission requirements


Admission to PhD programs is regulated by a public competition.

To be considered for admissions, applicants must hold a specialization / master's degree or a prior-to-reform master's degree (predating ministerial decree 509/99) or an appropriate qualification obtained from a foreign university, or expect to hold a master's degree by 31 October of the year of publication of the call.


Ufficio Dottorato di Ricerca

Via Oberdan, 8 - 60122  Ancona

Tel: +39 071 2202217 - 2202356 - 2202388 - 2202443

Fax: +39  071 2202308