• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The PhD Programme in Biology and Ecology of Global Changes is a co-tutoring PhD programme between Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) and the University of Lisbon (Portugal), with the participation of the Federal University of Tocantins (Brasil) and the University of Brasilia (Brasil).
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The Biology and Ecology of Global Changes  programme from Universidade de Aveiro  demands a strong interest of students in the areas of specialization of the programme (Tropical Biology and Ecology; Marine Biology and Ecology; Ecology and Functional Biodiversity; Genome Biology and Evolution: Environmental Biology and Health).


The main objectives of the Programme are centred in global changes issues, including the understanding the impact of global changes in living organisms and ecosystems taking into account current scenarios and projections. The total length of the Program is 4 years. 

The first year includes lectures and workshops by leading scientists. At the same time students will be invited to select and/or develop and propose their own PhD research projects. These projects will be approved by the Coordination Committee of the Programme and should be accomplished within the four years of the Programme. Opportunities will be given to students to develop their thesis work abroad. 

The total length of the Program is 4 years (i.e. 240 ects-european credits transfer system). It is organized in two distinct phases, a first one that is mainly by course work (1st year) and a second one where students will dedicate most of their time to the development of their PhD research projects, submission of scientific papers, and that will end up in the presentation and discussion of their thesis in a viva voice exam (years 2, 3 and 4). So, it combines course work and research, with an emphasis on the latter. Opportunities will be given to students to develop their thesis work abroad.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Portuguese
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Biology and Health
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
  • Marine Biology and Ecology 
  • Tropical Biology and Ecology
  • Ecology and Functional Biodiversity 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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