PhD in Geology

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD course in Geology aims to train highly specialized geologists capable of facing 3 of the current challenges: 1. Sustainability and resource management; 2. Mitigation of risks related to geological processes (including geotechnical risks); 3. Public perception of "Geosciences" and "Science of the Citizen". The PhD graduate must demonstrate: -Competences, skills and research methods that are usual in Geology; --Ability to criate, project, adapt and implement a research project, respecting the standards of academic quality and integrity: -Ability to carry out original research work that deserves national and international dissemination in publications with scientific revision; -Ability to communicate the results of your work both in academic circles and to the general public; -Ability to promote, in an academic and / or professional context, technological, social and cultural progress.

Admission Requirements

a) That have a Master Degree or legal equivalent; b) Candidates with a First Degree Course (Graduation) that have a very relevant academic ou scientific curriculum thar can be considered apropriated for this course by the Scientific Council of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra; c) Candidates with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum thar can be considered apropriated for this course by the Scientific Council of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra.

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

Professional Goals

A PhD in Geology is required to occupy advanced positions in the areas of teaching and research in Geosciences. The doctor in Geology will be able to exercise professional activity of investigation, direction, project, prospecting and planning in state and private organizations.

Mode of Study

Full-time, Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese language

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 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 under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

To provide doctoral students, both national and foreign, with a solid institutional, methodological and advanced scientific training framework, capable of enabling them to carry out quality scientific work and integrate them in international knowledge networks.

Course Coordinator(s)

Fernando Carlos da Silva Coelho Lopes

Recognition of Prior Learning

The recognition of prior learning is carried out according according to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy 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

a) Approval in the Doctoral Course (60 ECTS) + approval in the public defense of the doctoral thesis (110 ECTS) + carrying out the group of complementary activities (10 ECTS).

Study Programme


Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5162

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: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-02-23 a 2023-02-22
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior