48 months
2750 EUR/year
2750 EUR/year
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The Doctoral Program in Biology at Universidade de Aveiro has a duration of 4 years, corresponding to a total of 240 ECTS.  

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The first year of the Doctoral Program in Biology at Universidade de Aveiro  includes a curricular component (60 ECTS) structured in Advanced Courses, focused on various thematic areas of the scientific field of Biology (total of 24 ECTS), tutorial classes (20 ECTS), and the preparation of the thesis component (16 ECTS). At the end of the first year, the student will have to submit and publicly defend his doctoral workplan. A positive evaluation is required for their permanence in the doctoral program.

The remaining three years are full-time dedicated to the development of the research work leading to the submission of a thesis (corresponding to 60 ECTS each year), preparation of publications, thesis writing and defense of this evidence in public examination. The thesis must consist of original research in the scientific 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 Environmental Biology; Marine Biology; Tropical Biology and Ecology; Cygenetics and Aquatic Resources; Communication, Dissemination and Biological Illustration; Biology and Applied Biosciences.

The flexible organization of the curricular component of Advanced Courses modules allows the recognition of skills and knowledge gained in courses / training obtained in other Universities / Research Centers, national or foreign, provided that such training is recognized by the Coordinating Committee of the Doctoral Program.

The general objectives of the PhD program are:

  • A general understanding of the main branches of biology, and the ability to recognize their interactions.
  • The high quality training in a research environment demanding yet supported, with the participation of scientists of international standing .
  • Training in advanced methods and techniques of analysis and applied research in the field and laboratory.
  • Developing the capacity to seek and interpret complex scientific information.
  • The development of the ability to conduct original research and able to fulfill the process of peer review.
  • The development of the ability to conceptualise, design, implement and manage scientific research.
  • The development of the ability to interact with teams of interdisciplinary research in the identification and formulation of relevant scientific problems.
  • The development of the ability to find funding for the implementation of scientific edge.
  • The development of the ability to present ideas and the scientific specialist and non-specialist audiences results.
  • The acquisition of skills in entrepreneurship and self-employment area .

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 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 Illustration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master level degree or legal equivalent in Biology or associated areas. 
  • Foreign higher education degree in Biology or associated areas awarded on completion of a 2nd cycle study programme organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.  
  • Foreign higher education degree in Biology or associated areas recognised as satisfying the objectives of the master degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2750 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • National

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2750 EUR per year during 48 months.

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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