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The PhD Program aims to train young and motivated researchers in the wide field of modern Biomedicine. The general idea is that complex systems, such as diseases and their pathogenesis, cannot be understood taking into account a single point of view. The expertise of different scientists, biologists, medical doctors, computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians must give their contribution to provide new insights.


The PhD program in Systems Medicine includes the following curricula:

Molecular Oncology
Human Genetics
Computational Biology
Medical Humanities


SEMM PhD program is a 3rd-cycle university degree, fully academic in nature and it is released by SEMM's collaborating universities that acts as awarding bodies: University of Milan and University of Naples Federico II.
In the final title and the certificate the corporate/scientific role of SEMM Foundation is formally mentioned. The title gives full access to post-doctoral research positions in Europe and worldwide.


Three tutorial profiles are foreseen for each PhD student:

  • The Supervisor is the scientific head of the laboratory, who will supervise the work of the student during his/her PhD period.
  • The Internal Advisor is chosen among the faculty members and will contribute in tutoring the student.
  • The External Advisor is a foreign expert, who will provide advice at critical stages of the project and meet the student at least once during his/her PhD period.


Courses: Courses are planned during the first three years and include advanced courses on emerging disciplines, such as structural biology, bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics, drug discovery, and courses on complementary skills.
A complete schedule of the courses foreseen for the current year can be seen here.

Seminars: Students are exposed to a wide selection of seminars from international speakers that cover a large range of topics.
A list of the forthcoming seminars can be seen here.


The PhD Program lasts 4 years and English is the working language.


All admitted students will have a fellowship. Fellowships are mostly offered by the Universities.  The number of available positions/fellowships will be communicated at the time of the call. More info on the University fellowships can be found here
Some additional fellowships may be available at host research centres. These fellowships will be independently managed by the individual granting institutions with specific awarding and delivery modalities; these will not be in any way ascribable either to SEMM or the University.