Inter-University Doctoral Program in Aging and Chronic Diseases

Entidades parceiras: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade do Minho

General Objectives of the Course

Societal challenges under the strategic European Union Programs such as the Horizon2020 are major inter and
transdisciplinar topics corresponding to challenges that are shared by all European countries. Creating
scientific leaders equipped to address and successful face such challenges requires the joint efforts of
scientists and academic communities. In line with this idea, the main aim of the current proposal is to create
training opportunities for the most talented students in Biomedical areas of research ageing, aged-related and
chronic diseases. To achieve this objective, this Program proposal builds upon the well established expertise of
a multidisciplinary team composed by members of 3 medical schools in Portugal and associated research units.
The current Program is characterized by being student centred and research based. The curriculum is designed
to allow greater flexibility while providing training in necessary basic skills in science and biomedical research

Admission Requirements

Candidates holding a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Medicine or other relevant areas within the scientific scope of the Program will be considered eligible. Moreover, candidates with a M.Sc. in other science fields, such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Social Sciences will also be considered eligible. The number of years after completing the M.Sc. degree or the scores obtained in the B.Sc. or M.Sc. degrees will not be considered to evaluate the CV of the candidates and will never represent exclusion criteria. Furthermore, fluency in English, written and spoken, will be required

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

Professional Goals

University teaching; scientific research; qualified professional skills

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Classification of Curricular Units of the course will be in the range 10-20 expressed on a numerical scale, requiring a minimum of 10 marks for the approval.
The final course of the PhD is the average of the ratings of the course units weighted by the respective ECTS.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

In strategic and scientific terms, the student should be capable of identifying the current major strategic technologic and scientific research fields, and high impact socioeconomic topics, in the scope of ageing and chronic diseases. In technical and methodological terms, students should acquire competences that will allow them to choose and integrate the tools and experimental approaches that best respond to the raised scientific questions, in an adequate, coherent and critical manner. Therefore, students should be able to identify a current
and relevant scientific question, and elaborate an integrated and multidisciplinary scientific research project that is competitive according to the most demanding scientific quality standards. In the course of their doctoral
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thesis work, students should be capable of developing, in and autonomous and independent manner, a set of research techniques that allow them to test, in an adequate, clear and objective manner, their study hypothesis.

Course Coordinator(s)

Catarina Isabel Neno Resende Oliveira

Recognition of Prior Learning

In accordance with Article 45 of the Decree-law nº 74/2006, of 24th March, in its present form

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law n. º 74/2006, of 24 March, in its present redaction.

Graduation Requirements

A total of 240 ECTS including positive assessment in the course units constant of the program and an original thesis subject to public defense.

Access to Further Studies

The Ph.D. provides access to Post – Doctoral studies

Study Programme

Aging and Chronic Diseases

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: PA04

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 04-09-2017
End date: 15-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2013-12-17 a 2019-12-16
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior