PhD degree in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine

Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

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Academic year




Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



8 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

2750.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

João Ramalho de Sousa Santos (jramalho@ci.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Biology, especially in its translational and interdisciplinary aspects is a fundamental Science in the 21rst Century, and all indicators point to an increased investment in related fields in the next decades, namely in terms of Experimental Biology and Biomedicine. Given the critical mass at the University of Coimbra (including Faculty of Science and Technology, Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as Research Centers and Hospitals) this is a niche of excellence that urges further development. Scientific training in this field must be flexible and involve researchers with different backgrounds and approaches. Further information may be found here: http://beb.cnbc.pt/about.asp.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
PhD Program in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine aims to train a new generation of highly skilled professionals that will be internationally competitive in terms of basic scientific research, the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic tools,relevant clinical and pre-clinical models, as well as biotechnological applications. Training will be trans and multidisciplinary, to guarantee a wide range of knowledge and expertise networks, crucial for innovation. Students will be trained and evaluated according to strict and internationally validated criteria, and will be globally employable in Academia, Research institutes, Government agencies, Hospitals and Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology companies. They will also be able to create their own companies in a growing field.
Mode of Study
full time and attendance required
Access to Further Studies
possibility of carrying out post-doctoral studies
Admission Requirements

Advanced Research Masters or experience in Advanced scientific research

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Non Apllicable
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24 th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.
Professional Goals
Research Scientists, Professors, High-level technicians in Science, Health and Biotechnology
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra. The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements. The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed. Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment. element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Graduation Requirements

High quality original research and CV, including published papers

Study Programme
Common core
Areas of expertise
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2016-12-29 a 2022-12-28
R/A-Cr 137/2010/AL01 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2017-08-04