• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

PhD Courses Catalog

The Scuola Normale has published the PhD call for the academic year 2017-2018. There are 78 scholarships available, for a total of 11 PhD courses in Florence and Pisa. As always, the Scuola Normale PhD courses are open to all Italian and foreign citizens with a degree: the candidates are selected according to the research project they present and an assessment of their skills. 

The scholarship is over 15 thousand euro: the Scuola also guarantees full board, free study and research activities off site, as well as the highest standards of training and research.

It is possible to apply by the 20 February 2017.

Below the PhD courses for the academic year 2017-2018 held by the three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.

Department of Political and Social Sciences

The Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali is the outcome of the merging between the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Decreto 8/8/2013, published on G.U. n. 272 of 20/11/2013). It promotes advanced study in the fields of human and social sciences through the following PhD courses:

Dean: DELLA PORTA Donatella Alessandra

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Arts offers courses in literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, history of art and archeology.

Faculty of Sciences

The default language of the courses offered in the first three years is italian. For the more advanced courses of PhD and laurea specialistica the default language is english.
Different choices might be made in agreement with the teacher of the course and the students attending it.
The Faculty of Sciences offers courses in the following sectors: