Doctoral Program in Biorefineries
Entidade parceira: Universidade de Aveiro
General Objectives of the CourseThe PD aims at training specialized top-level professionals in the design, research and development in the field of Biorefineries in order to demonstrate their skills in integrated valorization of biomass from agro-forestry sources for the production of new chemical products, fuels and energy. This approach leads to the adoption of multi-product manufacturing strategies, so it is critical to have human resources with expertise in this area.
a) Master's degree holders in Chemical Engineering or on a related scientific area; b) holders of a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or on a related scientific area with a number of courses equivalent to 300 ECTS (5 years); c) holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out the study cycle, by the PhD Coordination and by the legal and statutorily competent scientific board of the University to be enrolled; d) have a national or foreign qualification considered by law as equivalent.
For each edition of the study cycle a minimum mark for the application can be set. The selection and ranking of the applicants are ruled by PhD Regulations. Whenever necessary the PhD Coordination can request to the candidates, as a complement of their training, previous approval in courses outside the curricular part of the doctoral program.
Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.
Professional GoalsIndustries with activities related with conversion / valorization of biomass, including Pulp and paper mills, cork and fine chemical industries, as well as Companies of Forestry, Agricultural, Energy and Marine Algae areas; Departments of Research and Development; companies of design and consulting.
Mode of StudyFull-Time Regime, Face-to-face and Daytime
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Portuguese or English
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingBeing the assessment an educational activity inseparable of teaching, it is aimed to confirm the acquisition of skills and knowledge by students, their critical thinking, the ability to formulate and solve problems, as well as their written and oral skills. Only students enrolled in their courses during the academic year and simultaneously enrolled in the assessment tests (if mandatory) are admitted to them. Examples of evaluation elements: written or oral tests, written or practical work and individual or group projects that may have to be defended orally and class participation. The assessment of each course may include one or more of the evaluation elements listed above.
The grading of each student in each course, is translated into an integer mark between 0 and 20; students who obtain a final mark equal or above 10 are considered approved. When the assessment of a course comprises more than one evaluation element, the final grade is calculated from the marks obtained in each evaluation item by a published formula.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
• To have a thorough knowledge of the chemistry of biomass (depending on the available source);
• To know the most common technologies for fractionation / extraction and separation of biomass components, depending on the complexity and specificity of each raw material;
• To know the main technology platforms for the conversion of biomass into a product port-folio (biological conversion or heat treatment)d technological field of study;
• Ability to conceive, design, adapt and carry out scientific research, contributing to the production and installation of new products or processes, subject to legal requirements and respecting the highest ethical and academic quality and integrity;
• Effective Capacity (documented by the very activity developed) to conduct original research that will contribute to extending the frontiers of knowledge and that require disclosure at least partially in publications prior assessment systems;
• Ability of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
• Communication skills with peers, the academic community and society in general;
• Ability to in a knowledge-based society, promote technological, social and cultural progress in academic or professional context.
António Alberto Torres Garcia Portugal
Recognition of Prior LearningPrior learning and scientific or professional curriculum can be recognized by the PhD Coordination and the Scientific Councils of FCTUC and UC attesting the student capacity to carry out the study cycle. This is translated into ECTS crediting into the curricular part, comprising any curricular unit with the exception of Thesis Project. The crediting of ECTS in “Thesis” will follow the guidelines established by article 45 of DL 74/2006 in the updated version and requires the demonstration by the student that there was effective research work, relevant to the topic and the need to be given the reasons for not having explicitly been registered as a PhD student during this work.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsDL 74/2006 of 24 March, in the updated version
To conclude the curricular part of the doctoral program (60 ECTS); to prepare and publicly defend an original thesis with approval (120 ECTS).
Access to Further StudiesPos-doc Studies.
3rd Cycle Studies
DGES Code: PA30
Qualification Awarded: Doutor
Duration: 6 Semester(s)
ECTS Credits: 180.0
Annual Fee: 2750.0
Call for Applications
- 1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
- 2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020
- 2016-02-11 a 2022-02-10