Overview of the Programme

The PhD programme in Psychology at the University of Bologna provides an extensive educational background and the possibility to study a wide variety of research topics.  Our programme offers top-level research training in a multidisciplinary research environment with a broad spectrum of methodologies, and is aimed at training highly motivated candidates for both academic and applied career paths. We encourage students to appreciate the multiple historical, theoretical, and methodological contexts from which the psychological sciences have emerged and to create an environment that promotes exchange among different fields of research. We are deeply committed to research training and are eager to work closely with PhD students in ways that suit their interests and talents. The duration of the PhD programme is three years and the official language is English. The programme is organized into two curricula and covers all psychological areas, as indicated below. For more information you can check the Handbook


Research topics


General Psychology

  • Emotions, attention and learning
  • Psychophysiology of sleep and dream
  • Chronopsychology and chronobiology
  • Perception and decision making
  • Body action and cognition
  • Spatial cognition, memory and individual differences


Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Action, motivation and decisions
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Representation of space and time
  • Representation of the body



  • Psychometric methods in cognitive and clinical assessment
  • Advanced inferential statistics
  • Qualitative methods for psychological research
  • Bayesian Inference in Statistical Analysis


Developmental and Educational Psychology

  • Typical and atypical development from early childhood to adulthood
  • Risk and protection factors in development
  • Development in the life cycle and technologies for information and communication
  • Teaching, learning and social processes in educational settings


Social Psychology

  • Gender inequalities and prejudices reduction
  • Personal and social identity
  • Equal opportunity and community participation
  • Psychosocial factors in risk and safety


Work and Organizational psychology

  • Diversity management in organizations
  • Organizational change and development
  • Employability and new careers
  • Psychosocial factors in the workplace


Psychodynamic psychology

  • Perinatal psychopathology
  • Developmental psychopathology in childhood
  • Child and parents psychotherapy research
  • Emotional intelligence in clinical and educational settings


Clinical psychology

  • The use of new technologies in clinical psychology
  • Clinical assessment of psychological distress/well-being/adjustment/attachment
  • Psychosomatics
  • Applications of new technologies in clinical psychology
  • Psychological interventions



Department of Psychology UOS Bologna

Viale Carlo Berti Pichat, 5, 40127, Bologna, Italia

Department of Psychology UOS Cesena

Piazza Aldo Moro 90, 47521 Cesena