Graduates (Bachelor or five-year degree) in scientific disciplines (or similar) who have a good working knowledge of written and spoken English.
The three-year course is based on the idea of “on the job training”, meaning that there will be no specific didactic activities but rather a very intense interaction between their academic experience and the practical experience that candidates will gain at the Institute.
Each student will be placed in a research group and will be actively involved in ongoing projects, enabling them to participate in the planning, execution and evaluation of the experiments. In addition, students will attend the frequent courses and seminars.
Admission to the course is through an exam and is regulated by the call for applications. Each candidate must undergo a written examination as well as an interview at the Institute in Milan. Course admission is highly selective as there are always far more candidates than positions available. The number of places is limited in order to guarantee that instructors will be able to provide adequate support to the students, and to ensure the proper use of the scientific equipment.
Applications for admission must be submitted to the Milan Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline and according to the instructions in the call for applications.
Admission for the first year and confirmation for subsequent years is decided by the Director of Educational activities of the Institute, on the basis of a recommendation from the Laboratory Head. In addition, candidates' performance will be assessed by reviewing their work, and by evaluating their commitment to the course as well as attendance at, and participation in the institute's training activities and events (seminars, clubs and courses).
At the end of the course there is a final exam conducted by an internal commission. Admission to the exam is contingent on the instructor's recommendation. Students who were absent for extended periods or left the institute before the end of the course cannot be admitted to the final exam. The final exam consists of the presentation of the student’s thesis to two senior researchers from the Mario Negri Institute.