General admission procedure

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Important information regarding the application !

All applications need to be filed on-line following this link.

Each applicant needs to select the preferred curriculum.

Participation in the selection procedure for 'free' research projects 

Participation in the (additional) selection procedure for defined research projects 

Selection procedure

The admission procedure -based on an evaluation of the CV, written examination and oral examination- is used to create a ranking of the candidates. Starting from the top, candidates are free to choose the supervisor until all available positions are occupied.

The admission procedure for the regular positions is based on three parts:

A. A written examination (max. 60 points). From a database 110 multiple-choice questions (in english) are selected by the computer subdivided in the following topics:

Analytical chemistry 10 questions
Organic chemistry 20 questions
Inorganic chemistry 20 questions
Physical chemistry 20 questions
Pharmaceutical chemistry 20 questions
Pharmaceutical technology 20 questions

A detailed description of the contents of each area can be downloaded here. A representative example of a test will be available soon here (answers will be available separately here)

Each candidate can freely choose which questions to answer, but should respond to 60 questions in total (no penalty is given for a wrong answer). In case more questions are answered, the first 60 questions will be considered. The correction procedure is computerized and is anonymous. Only after correction the result is associated to the name of the candidate. In past years, on average around 75% of the candidates passed the threshold value for admission to the interview.

B. Evaluation of the ‘titoli’ (max. 20 points). Points are assigned to

MSc-thesis (or draft – 2 points):

Note: Applicants that are not yet in the possession of their degree have to submit an extended
summary of the MSc-thesis (max. 4 pages) signed by the applicant and the supervisor       

Curriculum (15 points):

1. A list of exams of the entire academic career (MSc and BSc) including the scores of each exam.
2. Documentation containing the final graduation score (if available)

Pubblications (2 points):

Only (already published) scientific publications indexed on ISI/Scopus will be considered.
Meeting abstracts will not be considered.

Other (1 point):

Candidates may support their application with:
1. A maximum of 2 letters of recommendation from Italian or foreign researchers
2. Certificates useful for the assessment of the candidates' preparation (TOEFL, GRE, etc.)

C. Interview (max. 20 points). The interview will be conducted by the CDSM admission committee.