ITQB PhD Program
Inês A. Cardoso Pereira
The annual fees for the academic year of 2008/2009 are 2500 euros.
This amount is approved by the Rector of UNL under the proposal of the Director of ITQB.
The grant holders of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia receive this equivalent amount as bench fees that are transferred to the institute.
a) All other applicants who do not have any financial support, either from private or public entities, to pay the annual fees for the PhD studies,
The first three units of the PhD course have the duration of three months with the following schedule:
Monday to Friday
09:30 - 13:00 // 14:30 - 17:30
1. The ITQB Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering PhD Program, gives access to doctoral degree in the areas defined by
2. The Program''s objective is to provide to students an advanced training in the previous mentioned areas.
3. Students will acquire general knowledge on advanced techniques in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as associated technologies, and will develop a research project at the Institute.
4. A significant part of the Program is focused on critical thinking and the interaction between students is stimutated.
5. The Program will also have course units in the relations between Exact Sciences and Social Sciences, Bioentrepreneurship, Communication and Career Development.
Trends in Microbial and Cell Biology (TMCB) – 4 ECTS
Frontiers in Biotechnology (FB) – 3 ECTS
Research Training (RT) – 9 ECTS
Free Option (FO) – 4 ECTS
Bioentrepreneurship (BE) – 3 ECTS
Science, Culture and Society (SCS) – 3 ECTS
Research Project (RP) – 210 ECTS
The attendance of the course units is monitored and students’ approval depends on attendance of 90% of the total contact hours; exceptions to this rule must be duly justified. The course unit Science, Culture and Society requires that the students attend 75% of the ITQB seminars during their PhD years. Additionally, the students are required to attend 90% of the other contact hours of this course unit.
The first three units - Advances in Chemistry and Structural Biology, Trends in Microbial and Cell Biology and Frontiers in Biotechnology - take place in the second semester in an intensive regime. The first and third course units’ evaluation has a written component (50%) and another component based on evaluation of the tutorial sessions (50%). The second course unit evaluation will have a written component (50%) consisting in a two-page project proposal aiming at a scientific question related with this curricular unit; the other evaluation component will be based on evaluation of the tutorial sessions and on an oral presentation of the project proposal (50%). These course units will be immediately followed by the Research Training unit in which the student will spend some time working in different laboratories (these laboratory rotations