Doctoral Program in Biorefineries

Entidade parceira: Universidade de Aveiro

General Objectives of the Course

The 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.

Admission Requirements

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 Goals

Industries 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 Study

Full-Time Regime, Face-to-face and Daytime

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese or English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Being 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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria da Graça Videira de Sousa Carvalho

Recognition of Prior Learning

Prior 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 Regulations

DL 74/2006 of 24 March, in the updated version

Graduation Requirements

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 Studies

Pos-doc Studies.

Study Programme


Academic year

Course Type
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: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 14-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2016-02-11 a 2022-02-10
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior