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Programa Doutoral em Biologia e Ecologia das Alterações Globais (Doctorate in Biology and Ecology of Global Changes )

Type
PhD (ISCED 2011 level 8)
Language

English

Duration 8 semesters
Cost 2750 € /year

Doctorate in Biology and Ecology of Global Changes (taught in English)

The PhD Programme in “Biology and Ecology of Global Changes” is a co-tutoring PhD programme between the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the University of Lisbon (Portugal), with the participation of the Federal University of Tocantins (Brasil) and the University of Brasilia (Brasil).

The programme 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.

The first year (60 ects) 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. It is structured in different modules of seminars and advanced studies courses, in different thematic areas of the PhD programme (2 compulsory and one optional), tutorials (20 ects), and includes a presentation where the student will present and discuss his/her PhD research project (seminar for thesis preparation, 10 ects).

Seminars and Advanced studies Courses (total of 30 ects) can be taken at the participating universities or at other Universities or Research Institutes elsewhere provided they are recognized by the PhD programme committee. Courses are taught in English. Courses aim at complementing and expanding the expertise of the PhD student and preference is given to those related to the topic and/or the specialization areas of the PhD programme.

Tutorials (20 ects) - Teaching is a fundamental part of professional training. Teaching also provides a common intellectual experience to our graduate students in general. Thus, PhD students are required to assist in teaching as part of their tutorials, in undergraduate courses of their expertise.

The 2nd year includes tutorial work (10 ects) and the research activities of the PhD project (50 ects). The 3rd and 4th years consist of the thesis work and the viva voice PhD thesis exam (60 ects per year).

The PhD thesis must be an original research, ideally presented in the form of previously published and/or submitted papers, in one of the five areas of specialization of the programme: (1) Tropical Biology and Ecology; (2) Marine Biology and Ecology; (2) Ecology and Functional Biodiversity; (4) Genome Biology and Evolution: (5) Environmental Biology and Health.

For this 1st edition of the PhD programme students will be registered at the University of Aveiro. They can attend courses and develop their research work at the Biology Department from Aveiro University and/or at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and or elsewhere at a non-portuguese recognized University and or Research Institute.

The University of Aveiro manages a Research Field Station in Brazil, located nearby Palmas, Tocantins (a 2500 ha of cerrado), where students will be encouraged to conduct part of their research. 

Structural components
Thesis/Dissertation
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Biology
Biotechnology
Ecology
Conservation and environmental management
Statistics
Aquaculture
Fisheries