Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

This Programme constitutes a privileged form of promoting and consolidating a strategy that stimulates the development of interdisciplinary projects, taking advantage of the human and technological resources already available at the institutes that support the Programme. In the context of the PhD thesis research work, through the development of projects integrating in a comprehensive manner diverse and complementary techniques and approaches, from biological mechanisms to the pathophysiology of human diseases, the student would act as the catalyser of such synergies, bringing together themes and interests of basic and clinical research. To accomplish this objective it is vital to create an environment that stimulates and fosters an effective and fruitful dialogue between basic researchers and clinicians. Creating scientists-clinicians conscious of the importance of such transversal and integrative approach is fundamental for the long-term success of this strategy. 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, promoting synergies and maximizing the resources already existing in the institutions. The curriculum is designed to allow greater flexibility while providing training in necessary basic skills in science and biomedical research practice.

Admission Requirements

1. Holders of a Masters Degree in Medicine, Medical Dentistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing, Health Technologies or other scientific areas considered relevant by the scientific committee of the Programme.
2. Holders of graduate degrees in Medicine or Medical Dentistry obtained before the implementation of Bologna Process.
3. Applicants with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee as proof that they are capable of completing this study cycle.
4. Access to the doctorate, branch in Medicine is limited to graduates/masters in Medicine.
Access to the doctorate, branch in Dentistry is limited to graduates/masters in Dentistry.
Access to the doctorate, branch in Nursing is limited to graduates/masters in Nursing.

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

Professional Goals

University Teaching / Research Science / Professional Practice Qualified

Mode of Study

Daytime, Full-time and Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese and English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation criteria in each Course will be established, in advance, by the Course Coordinator, making it available to the students. The evaluation will use a 0-20 range, in which grades higher than 9 are required to be approved in the Course. The evaluation can be either continuously or based in a final exam. Typically, the final grade takes into account various aspects, such scientific paper presentation and discussion, written tests and presentation and discussion of Grant proposals.

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 health sciences. In technical and methodological terms, the 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, the 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 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)

Henrique Manuel Paixão dos Santos Girão

Joaquim Carlos Neto Murta

Recognition of Prior Learning

The recognition of ECTS credits obtained in other doctoral programs in Portugal or abroad may be petitioned to the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Health Sciences.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

LDn.º 74/2006, of March 24, altered by LDn.º 107/2008, of June 25,n.º 230/2009, of Sep14,rectified by Rectif Declarat nº 81/2009, of Oct 27,LDnº115/2013,Aug7, with republishing; Ordinance nº782/2009,of Jul23.Mandamus nº8329/2007 of May 9

Graduation Requirements

To hold the Doctoral Degree in Health Sciences the students have to complete with success the academic curriculum (60 ECTS) and be aproved in Thesis defense (180 ECTS).

Access to Further Studies

Access to any level of studies which requires a PhD, namely Post-Doctoral studies.

Study Programme

Biomedical Sciences

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5416

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 2500.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 02-09-2019
End date: 13-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 29-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-12-23 a 2021-12-22
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior