• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The fields of Biotechnology and Biosciences from Instituto Superior Técnico have witnessed extraordinary developments in areas like Molecular and Cellular Biology, Functional and Comparative Genomics, Computational and Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, Upstream and Downstream Processing, Molecular Bioengineering, Biosystems Engineering and Nanobiotechnology.

About

The Biotechnology and Biosciences programme from Instituto Superior Técnico is anchored in two tracks: Biological Sciences and Bioengineering. 

The Biological Sciences track offers an in-depth understanding of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Molecular and Microbial Biotechnology, with emphasis on Functional and Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics and the exploitation of Integrative Microbiology and Systems and Synthetic Biology approaches. 

The Biochemical Engineering track offers education in areas like Biocatalysis, Molecular and Bioprocess Engineering, Downstream Processing, Nanobiotechnology with a focus on harnessing biomolecular and cellular processes, and mastering key enabling technologies in order to develop innovative products and more efficient/sustainable processes. 

The program will also contribute to the development of the necessary skills for entrepreneurship in the Biotechnology field. This includes innovation, leadership, problem-solving and communication, needed to create or join leadership teams in innovative Biotech companies. Furthermore, the program encourages and promotes the development of skills such as autonomy, critical and analytical thinking, creativity, time management and teamwork. 

This PhD program is designed to prepare a new breed of creative researchers to translate basic bioscience discoveries into technological innovations in the fields of Industrial, Agro-Food, Health and Environmental Biotechnology. In the last 10 years, 88 PhD theses were completed and alumni of this doctorate are now occupying leading positions in universities, research centres and Biotech companies.

Objectives

The IST PhD program in Biotechnology and Biosciences is designed to prepare a new breed of creative researchers to translate basic bioscience discoveries into technological innovations in the fields of Industrial, Agro-Food, Health and Environmental Biotechnology. 

The program is aligned with the research developed by faculty and researchers of the Department of Bioengineering at IST, with the Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Research Groups of IST/IBB, and with other IST-associated centres in the Biotechnology field.

Employment

The PhDs in Biotechnology and Biosciences  are specialized in the development of scientific research and technological development in Biotechnology (Bioengineering and Biological Sciences) and in entrepreneurship in Biotechnology.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Bioentrepreneurship
  • Advanced Experimental Techniques and Methodologies in Biotechnology
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Reaction
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Outreach and Teaching Skills - Department of Bioengineering
  • Functional and Comparative Genomics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A 2 nd cycle (MSc) formation in biological engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering or biological sciences is an excellent basis for a doctorate in Biotechnology and Biosciences. 
  • Candidates with other scientific or technological background attracted to this extremely dynamic area can be also admitted, and their doctoral program will aim at complementing possible gaps in their undergraduate formation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Lisbon

  • 630 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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