• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Institute of Human and Social Sciences

Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos)

Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos)
The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is a research networks focusing on social movements as part of broader contentious politics.

Centro interuniversitario UNIRES

UNIRES Center
UNIRES (Italian Centre for Research on Universities & HE Systems) is an interuniversity Research Centre based at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

Faculty of Humanities

Astronomical illustrated manuscripts

Astronomical illustrated manuscripts
The research group has the goal to develop interdisciplinary studies on the astronomical illustrated manuscripts of the mediaeval tradition (starting from the so called Araea, Latin translations of the Phaenomena of Aratus and related texts) with a special focus on the relations between the illustrations and the texts.

Research group on Virgilian manuscripts (9th-11th century)

Research group on Virgilian manuscripts (9th-11th century)
The group's main research interest concerns the medieval transmission of Virgil's Opera, with a focus on Carolingian and Beneventan manuscripts.

Research group for Ancient Greek Music: Execution Praxis, Forms of Reflection, Transmission of Texts

Research group for Ancient Greek Music: Execution Praxis, Forms of Reflection, Transmission of Texts
The common project of the group is a study of the forms of execution praxis in ancient musical genres through the analysis of different sources.

Research group on private modern philosophy collections

Research group on private modern philosophy collections
This research group aims to publish online or CD catalogues of important private collections from philosophers and from scholars with large collections of philosophy texts.

Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Condensed Matter and Quantum Information Theory group

Condensed Matter and Quantum Information Theory group
The group is presently active in the study of of quantum transport, quantum-many body systems, superconductors, semiconductors, and quantum information.

Quantitative Finance group

Quantitative Finance group
The research activity of the group has the aim of using quantitative methods, both analytical and empirical, to investigate several aspects of financial markets at different time scales. The group has active collaborations with universities and research centers, banks, investment firms, IT companies, and market regulators.

Research Group in Harmonic Analysis

Research group in Harmonic Analysis
Research includes various aspects of Fourier analysis in classical fields, as convolution operators, Fourier multipliers and singular integrals, and aspects of non commutative harmonic analysis, in particular in nilpotent Lie groups and symmetric spaces, with applications in complex analysis and in the equations of partial derivates.

Research Group in Infinite Dimension Analysis Research Group in Infinite Dimension Analysis
Research group in Infinite Dimension Analysis
Research is carried out on: stochastic analysis, stochastic partial differential equations, Kolmogorov equations in Hilbert spaces.
Research group in Astrophysics

Research Group in Astrophysics
The Astrophysics group consists of researchers with interests in various topics in modern High Energy Astrophysics, mostly, but not exclusively, from a theoretical viewpoint.

Research group in Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

Research group in Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory
Research into different problems of non linear analysis with techniques of calculus of variations and of geometric measure theory. The most recent results of the group in this field include the theory of optimal transport, the well-posedness of transport and continuity equations with irregular data, generalized graphs and their singularities, the problems of parabolic evolution (for measures, surfaces, harmonic maps), Geometric Measure Theory in metric spaces.

Research group for Cosmology

Research group for Cosmology
The current research of the group focuses on the early stages of cosmic galaxy formation, the so-called Cosmic Dark Ages, that took place during the first billion years after the Big Bang.

Research group in Theoretical Physics

Research group in Theoretical Physics
The interests and the research areas of the group are: i) Phenomenology of Elementary Particles; ii) Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; iii) Supergravity, String Theory, Field Theory; iv) Higher Spins.

Research Group in Algebraic Geometry

Research group in Algebraic Geometry
The research area is geometry of algebraic varieties, with particular attention given to moduli theory (algebraic stacks, curves and Abelian varieties).

Research group in Diophantine Geometry

Research group in Diophantine Geometry
This group carries out research on Number Theory, in particular as regards the application of geometric methods to the study of diophantine equations.

Research group in Dynamic Systems

Research group in Dynamic Systems
Holomorphic dynamics in one and several complex variables, small divisor problems, continued fractions, measured foliations.

Research group in Complex Analysis and Analytical Geometry

Research group in Complex Analysis and Analytical Geometry
Complex analysis and analytical geometry, geometry of the CR varieties, of the Levi-flat varieties and related non-linear problems. Holomorphic envelopes and Levi problems. Structure of weakly pseudo-complete complex spaces.

Elementary Particle Research group

Elementary Particle Research group
The group takes part to experiments with accellerators involving extremely wide and international research teams. The center of activity is the CERN in Geneva, where the Large Hadron Collider is now operative.

Laboratory Fibonacci

Laboratory Fibonacci
The Laboratory Fibonacci is an international research unit placed under the joint responsibility of the French CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa acting on behalf of the Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio de Giorgi. The agreement between CNRS and the SNS is concluded for a four-year term starting 1st January 2012.