• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The first year of the Doctoral Program in Biology at Universidade de Aveiro includes a curricular component (60 ECTS) structured in courses of advanced training modules in various thematic areas of the scientific field of biology, tutorial classes, training in management option in any scientific area and the beginning of the thesis component (10 ECTS). At the end of this first year PhD student will have to submit and publicly defend his doctoral plan, with the continuation of their dependent upon a positive evaluation studies of this presentation. Here is a second year with a tutorial component smaller than the 1st year (only 10 ECTS) and a research leading to the submission of a thesis (50 ECTS), which extends the 3rd and 4th years, with a weight of 60 ECTS each year, therefore, the argument corresponding to 3 years working full-time (180 ETCS). 

Thus, the three years that follow the 1st year are devoted to the development of research work, preparation of publications, thesis writing and defense of this evidence in public. The thesis must relate to original research in the field of Biology at the choice of the student, within one of the subject areas offered under the Advanced Courses: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; Ecotoxicology and Biology environmental, Marine Biology, Ecology and Tropical Biology; Cynegetic and Aquaculture Resources, Communication, Reporting and Biological Illustration, Biology and Applied Biosciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • 1st Stage of Application: 16 April - 27 April
    • 2nd Stage of Application: 16 July - 3 August
    • 3rd Stage of Application: 24 Sept - 28 Sept
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Course in Cell Biology
  • Advanced Course in Biology and Applied Biosciences
  • Advanced Course in Biology and Tropical Ecology 
  • Advanced Course in Marine Biology
  • Advanced Course in Molecular Biology and Genetics 
  • Advanced Course in Communication, Distribution and Biological 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Master level degree, or legal equivalent in Biology or related area 
  • Foreign higher education degree in Biology or related area awarded on completion of a 2nd cycle study programme organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Aveiro

  • 500 - 900 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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