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Mining and Geo-Resources Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #288 (BCR) Porto, Portugal
The Doctoral Program in Mining and Geo-resources engineering focuses on a multidisciplinary, advanced and comprehensive approach to scientific or technological issues involved in the life cycle of a mineral resource.
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Research will preferentially concern the fundamental understanding of the basic processes that support the sciences and technologies involved in the application of engineering principles to the Earth Sciences.

The students will develop their thesis research from the first year onwards, under the orientation of a supervisor. According to their previous curriculum students may be obliged to attend specialized courses, either in normal or tutorial regime on advanced topics of interest to their research topic.

The research focuses on topics related to the life cycle of mineral resources: the availability of minerals; prospection and recognition; mining project; study of potential environmental impacts; exploitation of mineral deposits; ore processing; the disposal, treatment and recycling of mineral wastes; decommissioning, closure and abandonment; geo-environmental technologies and still on any supporting science or technology such as geostatistics, rock mechanics, geophysics, etc.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Seminar - Research Project
  • Preparation of the dissertation
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Applied Modelling
  • Characterization of Rock Formations
  • Experimental Planning
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydromineralurgy
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Integrated Mining Project
  • Management of Mining Systems
  • Mining Environmental Impact

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Who can apply:

  • Holders of a Master's degree or legal equivalent in the area of Earth sciences and technologies, such as Mining Engineering, Geological Eng., Geotechnical Eng., Applied Geology or related areas;
  • Holders of a Bachelor's degree with a relevant academic or scientific curriculum in this scientific area recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting to their ability to attend this cycle of studies;
  • Those with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum in this scientific area recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting to their ability to attend this cycle of studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Students from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) benefit from a 50% discount on the fee for international students.

Living costs for Porto

  • 556 - 870 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


PhD Scholarships support graduates who comply with the requirements to apply for PhD studies and who wish to carry out research towards this degree. Scholarships have a maximum duration of four years, and must run for a minimum of three consecutive months. The work programme may be carried out at Portuguese or foreign institutions.

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