PhD in Chemistry

General Objectives of the Course

The Doctoral Programme in Chemistry, run by the Chemistry Department of FCTUC, has as its objectives to provide its doctoral candidates, both national and foreign, with a solid institutional background, methodology and advanced scientific formation in chemistry, which makes it possible to carry out the research projects and to become integrated into international knowledge networks. The Programme is linked with research currently being carried out at the international level, with full collaboration with international research centres of excellence, with industry and professional organizations, thus allowing an advanced scientific formation and a contribution to advancement of knowledge, which can also allows transfer of technology for industry. The academic staff involved in this programme have contacts with the best Universities in the world, through their large experience in research projects and joint research collaborations.

Admission Requirements

The following may apply for admission to the PhD Program:
- Master's degree holders or holders of equivalent qualifications;
- Holders of a first degree (licenciate), who have an academic or scientific curriculum that is seen to demonstrate the ability to carry out this cycle of studies to the Scientific Council of FCTUC, following the proposal by the Scientific Committee of the DQ.
- Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum who are recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies to the Scientific Council of FCTUC, following the proposal by the Scientific Committee of the DQ.

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

Professional Goals

The degree of Doctor prepares the research worker for independent scientific research, for critical analysis of the most recent advances in his area and for the coordination of activities of First degree and Masters students.

Mode of Study

Full time attendance.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese or English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Evaluation is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching activity, intended to determine the skills and knowledge acquired by the students, their critical thinking, ability to formulate and solve problems as well as their control of written and oral exposure. Are admitted to the assessment tests students enrolled in their courses during the academic year and simultaneously enrolled in these trials, where such registration is required, in accordance with nº 7 of Article 5th of the Teaching Regulations of the University of Coimbra. The following examples are considered elements of evaluation: written
exam or oral tests, written and practical assignments and projects, individual or in group, which may have to be defended orally and student participation during classes. The evaluation of each module may include one or more of the evaluation elements listed above. The classifications of each student, for each
course, are translate into an integer value from 0 to 20 being considered approved the students who obtain a final mark of at least 10 values. When the assessment of a course unit comprises more than one element of assessment, the final grade is calculated from the marks obtained in each assessment element, through a formula made public according to the rules defined in article nº 1 of article 8th of RPUC. The learning objectives to be developed by the students in each course unit are defined in the respective Course Sheet (FUC). The degree of compliance is measured through continuous assessment and/or at the end of the semester (for Curriculum Units organized in semesters) and at the end of the course (for the Thesis). The evaluation criteria for each course unit are defined in the respective FUC. The work carried out in th discipline Thesis Project is presented orally, and defended in the presence of a jury that includes elements, holding a PhD degree, which were not involved in the student supervision. The inclusion of external elements (of the University of Coimbra and/or from other higher education institutions or research centers) is a warranty that the measurement of the students degree of fulfillment of the operational objectives is in compliance with the context of the National Higher Education.

Course Coordinator(s)

Christopher Michael Ashton Brett

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Mário Túlio dos Santos Rosado

Recognition of Prior Learning

Skills and experience acquired by the candidate in professional context, formal or not, may be recognized through the attribution of credits in disciplines from the syllabus. Those credits will not be attributed automatically but rather after student request and through a detailed and objective analysis by the Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme of the skills acquired by the candidate.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Traduzir do: Inglês Orders and 7287-C/2006 10543/2005, of 11th May and 31st March respectively, (Diary of Repullica, 2nd Series No. 200, 15 October 2009, Order No. 22844/2009 ).

Graduation Requirements

Students need to have 240 ECTS by successfully completing courses (70 ECTS) and defending a thesis (170 ECTS)

Access to Further Studies

Not applicable.

Study Programme

Specialization in Biological Chemistry
Specialization in Catalysis and Sustainability
Specialization in Chemical Thermodynamics
Specialization in Electrochemistry
Specialization in Macromolecular Chemistry
Specialization in Medicinal Chemistry
Specialization in Molecular Spectroscopy
Specialization in Organic Synthesis
Specialization in Photochemistry
Specialization in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5229

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 8 Semester(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
2015-03-23 a 2021-03-22
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