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Corso di dottorato di ricerca di interesse nazionale in studi religiosi con sede amministrativa presso l'università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Doctoral Italian School Of Religious Studies (DREST) - National PhD Program

XXXVIII cycle - a. y. 2022/2023


Link Campus University is among the 28 universities and international research centres that promote and host the first and only National Ph.D. in Religious Studies in Italy.


Duration: 3 years

Positions: 43 scholarships

Director/coordinator: Prof. Alberto Melloni

PhD website:

Admission: Expiration date 25/08/2022 at 13:00

Call for admission


Scientific areas:

All academic disciplines encompassed within the following areas:
- Area 10: Antiquities, Philology, Literary Studies, Art History
- Area 11: History, Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology
- Area 12: Law
- Area 14: Political and Social Sciences


Admission requirements:

Applicants must be in possession of either an Italian higher level degree (laurea specialistica under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale under D.M. 270/04), or an Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/99, or an equivalent qualification obtained abroad. More information will be available in the call for applicants.


General description:

The scientific objective of the Italian National PhD Program in Religious Studies (DREST) is to foster the acquisition and implementation of skills to carry out highly qualified research activities at the national and international level in all disciplinary sectors and fields of knowledge that cross or are crossed by religious experience. This program aims to train highly qualified researchers and experts capable of working as professional scholars, trainers, and mediators in the fields of religious studies, applied research, international relations, interreligious cooperation, the relationship/dialogue between state systems and faith communities, and, more generally, religious pluralism.

DREST aims to be a centre for education and the enhancement of specialized knowledge concerning religious experience, its normative and theological expressions, its heritage of sources, and the latter’s interpretations. DREST’s goal is to create an open scientific community, appealing to the finest national and international scholars and candidates who, given the current environment of growing religious illiteracy and “religious climate change”, are able to produce scientific knowledge concerning diverse beliefs and approaches to the past.

The program includes six curricular areas:

  • Buddhism and Religions of Asia
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Law and Religion
  • Transdisciplinarity and Technological Frontier Research

Such curricular areas will integrate exegetical, sociological and philosophical reflection as well as the knowledgeable implementation of historical and hermeneutical methods applied to written, iconographical, and oral sources, as well as theoretical issues.

Regardless of the chosen field, doctoral students will be asked and offered to deepen and broaden their understanding of sources in classical and modern languages relevant to the subjects under consideration, to familiarize with the literature relevant to their chosen research field, and to demonstrate the acquisition of discernible competencies through their dissertations, in terms of originality and quality, including in the international arena.


What PhD students may study at Link Campus University:

At Link Campus University, Within the curricular area “Transdisciplinarity and Technological Frontier Research”, PhD students  may carry out research in one of the following topics:

- Sub-Saharan Africa: religious dynamics in the colonial and postcolonial situations;

- Scriptures and theory of translation;

- gamification and serious game as tools for historical religious literacy and understanding of contemporary socio-political and religious dynamics;

- religious dimensions in performing arts and dramatic texts;

- Religions and political sciences: relationships between religions and environmentalism; religions and peacebuilding; ecumenic dialogue in EU integration; religions and EU subsidiarity principle in the context of EU; religious pluralism and EU.


Administrative headquarter:

PhD Office: via Università, 4 - 41121 Modena



» Call for admission and changes

» Selection committees

» Final ranking

Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed once a year. The admissions will be open in June 2021 (refer to the Calls).


More documentation

» Guide for admission application to Ph.D. programmes