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Enrolment in the PhD Programmes 2020-2021 (Cycle XXXVI)

The call for admissions is now open for the Doctoral Degree programs at LUMSA University, for both European and non-European citizens. Since June 22, 2020 to September 21, 2020 (12pm, CEST) you can now apply to enrol to the International Doctoral Degree program in Contemporary Humanism.

This PhD program – held in English and in italian – aims to develop knowledge and critical skills in reading and interpreting the historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and educational tradition in its making and in its effects on the present, from the point of view of the category of "humanism".

The entry requirement is an Italian second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) or an equivalent foreign qualification (Master’s degree programs); applicants must sit a highly competitive entry exam; by law the minimum period of study is 3 years. A thesis derived from original research is compulsory to obtain the award of a third cycle degree known as Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD) entitling the holder to the title of Dottore di Ricerca.

The Doctoral Degree in Contemporary Humanism is offered by LUMSA University in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa(UCP). The Doctoral program foresees the release of a double degree.


  • Philosophy and Religion (M-FIL/03, IUS/20, M-FIL/04, M-STO/07)
  • Education (M-PED/02, M-PED/04)
  • Literature and Social Sciences (L-LIN/03, L-LIN/05, L-LIN/04, SPS/03, L-FIL-LET/14, SPS/07)

The admission process evaluates candidates’ curriculum vitae et studiorum, publications, research proposal and interview.

  • Positions available: 4 (3 with scholarship)
  • Coordinator: Prof. Benedetta Papasogli
  • Application deadline: September 21, 2020 (12 pm, CEST)


Apply now


At LUMSA University there are also three more Doctoral Degree programs held in Italian:

  • Mediterranean Studies. History, Law & Economics (Palermo Campus)
  • Sciences of the Civil Economy. Governance, Institutions and History (Rome Campus)
  • The development and well-being of individuals and organizations (Rome Campus)


For information please contact:
Scientific Research Office