Doctoral Programme in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences

The three-year doctoral program in LINGUISTIC, PHILOLOGICAL AND LITERARY SCIENCES at the University of Padua offers postgraduate research courses in the fields of ITALIAN STUDIES, ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES, ENGLISH AND GERMAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES, SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES, CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY, and LINGUISTICS.

The course includes all scientific disciplines in the fields of literary and linguistic study and research present at the University of Padua. These are grouped around six major disciplinary areas which share scientific concerns, themes of inquiry, research methodologies, practices and aims, and together form one cohesive community of scholarship in the humanities.
The program offers a first semester of introductory lectures to all the selected students in the course, followed by seminars by Italian and foreign scholars, and workshops in which research is shared among fellow students. Young scholars joining the program will be given advice on research, course selection, and career planning by tutors and dissertation supervisors in the various fields of interest.
During the three years the students will have the opportunity to attend and take active part in workshops and conferences, in order to acquire the essential skills of oral and written scientific communication and to develop a wide, interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the humanities. They will be asked to produce oral presentations and written work relating to their research or field of investigation (2 academic papers of 5000 words in the first year + 2 academic papers of 7000 words in the second year), and to submit the final results of their research in the form of a doctoral dissertation in the third year.
The course includes periods of study and research abroad, at fellow universities and research institutions in Europe, aimed at promoting scientific exchange and international cooperation. Our network includes, among others, the universities of Grenoble 3, Zurich, La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, Warsaw, Ecole des hautes études Paris, Frankfurt, and Swansea.
The overall aim of the doctoral program is to help bright young scholars to produce original work and to contribute to the development of knowledge and research in the humanities at the international level and for the future. We therefore provide cutting-edge theoretical-critical and methodological tools by which to encourage research in the following fields: