Alma universitas studiorum parmensis A.D. 962 - Università di Parma Alma universitas studiorum parmensis A.D. 962 - Università di Parma

Coordinator: Prof. Marco Mor
Deputy coordinator: Prof. Fabio Sonvico
Administrative headquarters: Parma
Department: Department of Food and Drug
Duration: 3 years
Language: English

General informations

The Doctoral (Ph.D.) Course in Drug Sciences (Corso di Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze del Farmaco, formerly "Corso di Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze del Farmaco delle Biomolecole e dei Prodotti per la Salute)" is organized by the Department of Food and Drug at the University of Parma. Its programme consists of a research project, under supervision by a member of the Board of Teachers, and educational activities; it is concluded with the preparation and defense of a Ph.D. thesis.

The programme takes three years, during which changes of scientific environment are strongly encouraged. It awards a Doctoral Degree (titolo di Dottore di ricerca), a research degree based on scientific bases and research experience in the design, discovery, development, production and control of drugs as well as in the investigation of mechanisms of action for drugs and bioactive molecules.

The Board of teachers offers and organizes courses and seminars in different scientific areas, with particular focus on:

  • medicinal chemistry,
  • pharmaceutical chemistry,
  • pharmacology,
  • biochemistry.

The research project of each PhD student has to be consistent with a research line included in one of the major areas covered by the programme:

  • drug design and synthesis,
  • biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics,
  • experimental pharmacology and toxicology,
  • biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology,
  • bio-organic chemistry.

Research lines

Board of Teachers

Ph.D. students in Drug Sciences from XXXIII to XXXVIII Cycle 

Ph.D. Programme: research, educational/training activity and credits

Ph.D. students, under the supervision of a member of the Board of Teachers, undertake a research project and follow specific courses and other educational activities. Educational activities concur to the accumulation of credits necessary to complete the Ph.D. Programme.

One ECTS credit (briefly, ECTS) can be achieved attending 6 hours of lessons or seminars, or participating to 1 day of National or International Schools or Workshops. For research activity, 1 ECTS corresponds to 25 hours (approximately 5 ECTS per month of full-time work).

To complete her/his 3-year Programme, a Ph.D. student must accumulate 180 ECTS, including at least 20 ECTS in educational activities. Educational ECTS are assigned by the speaker of the lesson/seminar, or by a member of the Board of Teachers, who checks the active participation by the Ph.D. Student.

A document (Annual and Final report) certifying the activities accomplished during each year must be delivered by the Ph.D. Student to her/his Supervisor, who will present it to the Board of Teachers for admission to the next years of the Programme or to the final examination.

Educational activities: 39th cycle

Educational activities: 38th cycle

Educational activities: 37th cycle

Educational activities: 36th cycle

Educational activities: 34 and 35th cycle

Seminars [Participation to seminars: Form]

COLOTAN 4th Network-Wide event

Within the framework of COLOTAN 4th Network-Wide event, that will take place in Parma from 23rd to 27th January 2023, Ph.D. students are invited to participate to the following events:

Monday 23rd January, 9.00 – 11.00 a.m. - Centro S. Elisabetta
Dr. Silvia Tavernini: The lifecycle of a research project: from the research idea to managing the project

Friday 27th January, Aula dei Filosofi, Palazzo Centrale
3rd Symposium on “Gut disorders and possible impact on colonic drug targeting

Program and registration, free but mandatory, available at:

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