PhD in Chemical Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

It is intended that the doctoral students develop methodological and research skills in the field of chemical engineering enabling them to perform functions in industrial and service companies, laboratories and research institutes, in higher education and public administration in general. This Doctoral program allows for complementary expertise in the field of Chemical Engineering, for more advanced and updated training in this area, and also create conditions for students from other areas who wish to develop work in this scientific field. Holders of this degree will be solidly prepared to play a relevant role in positions of high technological demands at national and international level and they will hold a research experience in Chemical Engineering that will allow them a seamless integration in R&D departments of modern companies.

Admission Requirements

1. To the PhD in Chemical Engineering may present an application: a) The holders of a Master’s degree or legal equivalent in Chemical Engineering or in other appropriate areas such as, namely, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, other fields of Engineering or Health Sciences; b) The holders of a Bachelor’s degree, who possess an academic or scientific curriculum considered especially pertinent, recognized by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology as granting the applicant the capabilities to complete this cycle of studies; c) The applicants who possess an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, recognized by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology as granting the applicant the capabilities to complete this cycle of studies. 2 - The recognition mentioned in paragraphs b) and c) of this number 1 is connected with the access of the applicant to the cycle of studies that grants a PhD degree and does not grant to its holder an equivalence to a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree, or its/their recognition.

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

Professional Goals

Chemical Industries: paper, cellulose, ceramics and glass, cement, petrochemical, plastics, detergents, paints, textiles.
- Environment: domestic wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and industrial (WWTP), consulting and industrial and environmental licensing, quality & environment.
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.
-Food and agro-food industry.
- Public sector: central and regional administration.

Mode of Study

Daytime, Full-time and Face-to-face

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. The evaluation procedures of this program follow the pedagogical and academic regulations of the UC. 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.
The Thesis will be discussed and evaluated by a jury in accordance with Article 78th of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra, published in DR, 2nd Series – 116, of June 17th, 2015.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

After this doctoral program students must show capacity to the systematic understanding of the scientific field under study, revealing skills and mastery in the research methods associated with the area of Chemical Engineering. Taking in consideration high standards of quality and integrity, it is expected that the young doctor develop the ability to conceive, design, adapt and carry out relevant research and original work in an autonomous and responsible manner. These skills are grounded in experience gained in the doctoral program and all the research carried out and properly arbitrated by peers and published at national and international levels. The critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas are invaluable skills for their future activity. Experience in writing and public presentation of the thesis and scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals is a precious leverage to promote technological, social or cultural progress of society in general.

Course Coordinator(s)

António Alberto Torres Garcia Portugal

Recognition of Prior Learning

It is possible the recognition of prior training school, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by PhD holders Coordination and the Scientific Council of FCTUC as attesting the capacity to carry out the study cycle. This recognition will be translating the ECTS crediting the curriculum of the PhD course. Any course can be credited except Thesis Project. The crediting ECTS in "Thesis" will be held according to the rules defined in Article 4th of the Rules of Accreditation of Previous Training and Work Experience of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The qualification is established by the Decreto-Lei no. 74/2006, of March 24 (later changed and reprinted by the Decreto-Lei no. 107/2008), and Decreto-Lei no. 42/2005, of February 22, and by Portaria no. 782/2009, of July 23

Access to Further Studies

Post-doc studies/projects; Academic Lecturer Career; R&D Engineer/Manager

Study Programme

Chemical Engineering

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5146

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

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


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-04-06 a 2021-04-05
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior