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Which graduate program is right for you?

Although both domestic and international students are free to enter either program, there are some considerations to be made upon choosing which program best fits your career-related interests. The PhD program in human genetics (OU) awards students with a UK PhD title, which may be ideal for foreign students wishing to temporarily relocate to Italy while completing their graduate students. On the other hand, this PhD program may be attractive for Italian students who wish to have mobility to a foreign country. Both programs are held to international standards, and this is reflected in TIGEM’s selection process, supervision and mentoring of students. 

Eligibility for OU and SEMM Programs

The criteria needed to apply for either program are identical.

Requirements and Restrictions

 All eligible international and domestic students are encouraged to apply to the program of their choice. All applicants must hold either an Italian Laurea Specialistica or equivalent Master of Science degree granted by an accredited university or college before matriculation. Applicants expecting conferral of a university degree are also welcome to apply, provided that they receive the degree before the scheduled examination date.

Valid academic degrees

Masters of Science in any of the following disciplines are acceptable for application:

- Biological sciences
- Biomedical engineering
- Biotechnology
- Chemistry
- Dentistry
- Electronics engineering
- Human nutrition sciences
- Medicine
- Natural sciences
- Pharmacy-Physics
- Veterinary medicine

Admission to OU and SEMM Programs

Admission to our PhD programs is a competitive process, as it is granted upon the students’ demonstrated determination and capacity to excel in a PhD program.   
Shortly after the application deadline, our Examination Board screens the applications and assigns a score to each candidate based on the information provided in the applications and reference letters. Students receiving a score equal to or greater than the minimum score are invited to the examination held at TIGEM.
 The examination process is held in English and consists of two main components to indicate the students’ potential as PhD students and knowledge of English. All students are expected to participate in an oral seminar, during which they present experimental work carried out during their undergraduate studies. Applicants are also subject to individual interviews with TIGEM Principal Investigators as an assessment of their overall levels of competence. Students that are selected to study at TIGEM are informed of their acceptance with a letter, which includes information on their financial award. Students studying at TIGEM are supported with, on average, 15,000-18,000 euro/yr.

ONLY FOR Human Genetics PhD Program (OPEN University):
The awarding body for OU Research Degrees at Tigem is The Open University. Tigem is authorised as an Affiliated Research Centre to support OU Research Degrees under arrangements approved by The Open University's Research Committee.
Candidates will be put forward for registration with The Open University and those who successfully complete their OU Research Degree Programme will be awarded an Open University MPhil or PhD as applicable.
For further information on the Open University Graduate School Network please refer to

Graduate Program Coordinator

Graciana Diez Roux

TIGEM, Via Campi Flegrei, 34

Pozzuoli (NA)-80078


How are selected students trained and advised?

TIGEM provides a stimulating curriculum composed of carefully prepared courses to its students. At TIGEM, we encourage collaboration, as it is important to success in any scientific field. Thus the student experience is not limited to independent thesis work and study; students are to invited to regular scientific seminars to attend presentations given by internationally-renowned guests. These seminars, along with data clubs, which require students to give an annual presentation of their own to their fellow PhD peers, serve as sources of inspiration and give the students the opportunity to discuss data with other scientists.

Students are not expected to face the challenge of completing PhD studies alone. They are constantly monitored and mentored by assigned  supervisors, co-tutors and external supervisors. Each student is required to submit an annual report to present his/her progress and possible issues. In addition, students have compulsory annual meetings with a Thesis Committee, which is appointed to give constructive criticism and feedback.