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Encyclopedia > Dottorato di ricerca

The dottorato di ricerca (doctorate of research) is the highest Italian academic degree, the equivalent of a Ph.D.. A B.A. issued as a certificate A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing a program of study. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ...

The dottorato is a relatively recent addition to the Italian academic landscape, having been instituted in 1980. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...

Until recent times, no title matching the Bachelor degree existed in the Italian education system and the laurea (the equivalent of a Master's degree) was granted after a single educational program of four, five or six years, including a final research thesis work. Nowadays, with the new system that introduced the Bachelor degree (laurea triennale), a Master's degree (laurea specialistica or laurea magistrale) is required to enter doctoral studies. In Italy, the laurea is the main post-secondary academic degree. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course that generally lasts three or four years. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Students are admitted to the doctoral program via public concourses offered by individual universities, which set their own standards for admission. The program is from three to five years in length.

Because of the relatively recent introduction of the dottorato, the term dottore is officially used in Italy to refer to any person with a university degree: today, even a person with just a Bachelor-equivalent "laurea triennale" use the title "dottore". Therefore, holders of the dottorato acquire the title of dottore di ricerca ("doctor of research").


  • Associazione dottorandi e dottori di ricerca italiani
  • Ministero dell'universit√† e della ricerca


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