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

a) To hold a master degree or legal equivalent in Chemical Engineering or any other appropriate area, namely, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, other Engineering or Health Sciences, with a minimum mark of 14 (in 20);
b) To have a degree of "licenciado" in Chemical Engineering, or in a similar area, with at least 5 years (full time) of academic training in a high level course, or equivalent whenever the degree is obtained in a foreign country, and a final minimum mark of 14 (in 20);
c) To have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as certifying ability to undertake this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra.

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 administrations.

Mode of Study

Daytime; Full-time; face-to-face (enrollment in thesis could be done in part-time basis)

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. Assessment for each class may include one or more items. 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. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according a formula published in the course outline.
PhD thesis has a public discussion and is evaluated by a jury constituted in accordance with the Academic Regulation.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

After this doctoral program students show the capacity of 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 PhD student 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 the experience gained in 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)

Pedro Nuno das Neves Lopes Simões

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Ana Clotilde Amaral Loureiro da Fonseca

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

To obtain the doctoral diploma, the student must complete 180 ECTS. This requirement includes the presentation and defense of a PhD Thesis (150 ECTS), facing a jury legally constituted for this purpose. In case the attendance of isolated curricular units has been imposed, the student has to conclude them (Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra).

Access to Further Studies

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

Study Programme

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5146

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


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1st Quarterial
Start date: 01-09-2022
End date: 30-11-2022
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End date: 28-02-2023
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End date: 31-05-2023
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End date: 31-08-2023
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End date: 17-12-2022
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End date: 20-05-2023


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