Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology
Scuola di Dottorato in Scienze Biomediche e Oncologia Umana
Course Coordinator & Office of Graduate Studies
Students' Office
Thematic Areas
The Doctoral School in Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology of the University of Turin is organized into six specialisations:
1.Human Genetics
2.Functional Genomics Applied to Translational Research
3.Human Oncology
4.Experimental Pediatrics
5.Clinical Sciences
6.Advanced Techniques for the Localization of Human Tumors

The PhD Program aims to train young researchers with the technological and cultural skills needed to investigate the study of biological functions in the context of patho-physiology in animals and man. Some of the doctorate specialisations foresee the acquisition of skills in specific research in the field of applied clinical medicine. Doctorands must have full knowledge of the scientific literature relating to the research project and the critical capacity for the interpretation of experimental results which will allow them to culturally organise and technologically develop their research project.

The University of Turin endorses and encourages thesis co-supervision, and it is possible to set up a co-tutoring doctorate with any foreign academic institution. At the end of the PhD course, a double or joint doctoral degree through a "Co-tutelle de Thèse" is awarded.
Selection & Admission
Italian/ Foreign candidates holding a university degree are eligible to participate in the public examination for admission to the PhD program. Applications will also be accepted from candidates who are not in possession of a degree at the time of application, on condition that they will graduate by the date of the written examination or for the selection by titles and qualifications. Admission will be confirmed once the degree has been awarded.

Before applying candidates should carefully read the call for applications where the assessment procedure is described in detail. All students must apply through the on-line procedure available on the website by the deadline set out in the call for applications.

Candidates must also include the following documents with the online application:
1. Diploma, with a sworn translation and "dichiarazione di valore in loco" if issued by a foreign authority
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Two Letters of recommendation
4. Research Project(field of interest)
Students' Monitoring
The educational objectives will be achieved through daily assistance from teachers and mentors who have the initial role to transmit the technological and cultural knowledge necessary for the research work that the student has to perform. Teachers will show the students the broad outline of the subject in question, and provide the bibliographic information needed to frame international literature in the context of the research project undertaken by the student.

Students will then be required to present the experimental work carried out, along with the review of the literature, in research seminars and journal clubs, on a monthly basis. Discussion with the teachers and tutors will provide encouragement and criticism, and will also prepare an assessment of each student. This is fundamental for developing strong critical thinking, planning the progress of the PhD, and for updating the working hypotheses, important for determining which direction the project may develop.
Training & Education
Students will also participate in seminars / conferences inherent to the problems of the PhD research, conducted by Italian guests and / or foreigners, invited by the teachers, in the interest of scientific collaborations. Students will also participate once a year, on average, in a national or international conference on the research topics addressed by the thesis in preparation. These activities, as well as possible internships in foreign laboratories selected on the basis of the experimental work carried out, are designed to expose students to the national / international scientific world in which their research work will be compared.

Doctoral Thesis
The process of earning a doctorate normally takes 3-4 years and consists of conducting independent research, writing a scientific dissertation including results of the research, and defending it in public in front of the PhD examining Committee.

Upon conclusion of the PhD course, candidates should present a copy of their final dissertation to the Collegio Docenti (Doctoral Board) who will then evaluate the student"s research and decide whether they will be admitted to the final exam. If the student is admitted to the final exam, 3 copies of the dissertation will be held by the PhD Coordinator and candidates should send a copy of the same dissertation to each member of the exam commission.

It is expected that at the end of the 4-year term, candidates will have obtained sufficient results to present a scientific publication. Students will be strongly encouraged in this way in order to conclude their training cycle, by acquiring the ability to plan the writing of a scientific paper.
PhD Fellowships are available from MIUR and from Bank Foundations, for example Compagnia di San Paolo.
Duration: 4 years
There is the possibility (and finances) to spend up to half of the research period (that is, 2 years) abroad.
The University of Turin does not provide accommodation for foreign students as there is no Campus. Students usually live in private residences, with families, or share a rented apartment with others.

University Residences: students may choose private accommodation at EDISU (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio), a regional institution for student assistance which provides information regarding housing etc. Application is in advance:
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