Requirements for enrolled students


Within the first two years of enrollment (a half of these requirements must be fulfilled within the first year) all students are required to

  • pass the exam of at least four courses from the catalogue, among which at least two must be taken from the list of “Courses of the Doctoral Program”, while at most one can be taken among the list of “reading courses” (if available/present)

  • participate in at least one activity among the “soft skills”

  • attend at least two more courses (for such activities the PhD student must produce a brief summary on what she/he learned. These summaries should be attached to the annual report)

Students are warmly encouraged to take more courses than the minimum required by these rules, and to commit themselves to follow regularly these courses. At the end of each course the instructor will inform the Coordinator and the Secretary on the activities of the course and of the registered students.

Courses for Master of Science in “Mathematics”

Students have the possibility to attend some courses of the Master of Science in Mathematics and get credits. The recommendation that a student takes one of these courses must be made by the supervisor and the type of exam must be agreed between the instructor and the supervisor.

Courses attended in other Institutions and not included in the catalogue.

Students activities within Summer or Winter schools, series of lectures devoted to young researchers, courses offered by the Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori, by other PhD Schools or by PhD Programs of other Universities may also be credited, according to whether an exam is passed or not; the student must apply to the Coordinator and crediting is subject to approval by the supervisor and the Executive board. We recall that at most one course not included in the Catalogue may be credited.


Students must register to all courses of the Graduate School that they want to attend, independently of their intention to take the exam or not. We recommend to register as early as possible: the Graduate School may cancel a course if the number of registered students is too low. If necessary, the registration to a Course may be canceled.

The registration to a Course must be done online.

Students can access the online registration form in the dedicated page of the Doctoral Course website at clicking on “click to enroll” of the chosen courses. The registration lists can be reached also via the website of the Department of Mathematics at

In order to register, fill the registration form with all required data, and validate with the command “Subscribe”. The system will send a confirmation email message to the address indicated in the registration form; please save this message, as it will be needed in case of cancellation.

Registration to a course implies the commitment to follow the course.

Requests of cancellation to a course must be submitted in a timely manner, and at least one month before the course (except for courses that begin in October and November) using the link indicated in the confirmation email message.


Seminars and Colloquia

  1. All students, during the three years of the program, must attend the Colloquia of the Department and participate regularly in the Graduate Seminar (“Seminario Dottorato”), whithin which they are also required to deliver a talk and write an abstract.
  2. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the seminars of their research groups are relevant for their work.


Choice of the supervisor and research topic

By the end of the third month of the first year, students communicate the name of their supervisor of choice and together they prepare a research program to be submitted for approval to the Faculty Board. 


Yearly obligations

At the end of every academic year, students are asked to file a progress report on their activity, including course attendance, conference participation and presentations, articles written or under preparation, research advancements, etc. The deadline for the presentation of this report is decided by the Faculty Board.


Research abroad

Students are encouraged to spend research periods abroad. In agreement with their supervisors, students must submit a request to spend a research period abroad to the Faculty Board well in advance. An increase of the scholarship of up to 50% can be accorded to the student upon request.


Thesis completion

At the end of the three years, students must write and defend a PhD thesis. The thesis will be evaluated by external referees, who may suggest revisions. After revision, the thesis will be defended in front of an examination committee appointed by the Faculty Board. Typically, the defense takes place between three and six months from the end of the third year. Theses are usually written in English.


External students

Students from other institutions or PhD Programs of the University of Padova are welcome to attend the courses offered by the PhD Program in Mathematical Sciences, upon approval of the Faculty Board. For organizational reasons, we request all external participants to communicate their intention to the Secretary of the PhD Program as early as possible, and must register using the standard registration procedure.