Post-graduation training


University of Aveiro

Director: Rita Ferreira

The Master's Degree in Biochemistry has, as a main objective, to provide advanced training in Biochemistry, allowing students to develop skills and knowledge in one of three areas of Biochemistry: Biomolecular Methods; Food Biochemistry; Clinical Biochemistry.

Biochemistry students may, in the second year, conduct their dissertation in a University environment or in a business internship. The Chemistry Department has contacts with a number of companies and institutions from which the student can choose to carry out their work. This annual internship is carried out in co-supervision between the University and the company/institution, allowing the student close contact with a business environment.

Bioorganic Chemistry

Nova Lisbon University

Director: Paula Branco

The course aims to train qualified professionals with specific assets in the areas of analysis, characterization and intelligent development of new drugs and biomaterials, streamlining the interaction of drugs with biological systems, and design of new materials and more efficient and sustainable synthetic methodologies.

Students will have an interdisciplinary training, particularly in the following areas:

  • Organic synthesis of bioactive compounds
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry
  • Radical chemistry
  • Chemical catalysis
  • Structural analysis and analytical techniques

Conservation and Restoration

Nova Lisbon University

Director: Joana Lia Ferreira

The Master in Conservation and Restoration must be autonomous and apply the fundamentals of preventive conservation as well as performing curative intervention in the Piece he will intervene. The competence to carry out a restoration intervention implies a critical attitude and a thorough diagnosis allowing proposing intervention, preventive or curative measures. For that critical attitude development disciplines as history and art production techniques and methods of examination and analysis in Art and Archaeology are particularly relevant.

During the trainee period, with a duration of 1 year, students will continue increasing knowledge in their specialization area. Trained professionals will know how to innovate, how to update in permanence and how to compete internationally.

Food Science and Technology

University of Porto

Director: Victor Freitas

The Master in Food Science and Technology was created on the joint initiative of the University of Porto, through the Faculty of Sciences (FC), and the University of Minho (UMinho), through the Department of Biological Engineering at the School of Engineering (DEB-EEUM).
This master presents a solution-oriented training of problems linked to the agro-food process industries, as well as to the sector of services for the agro-alimentary industry. Considers as major goals:

  • To supplement the training of graduates in sciences of biological engineering, sciences of food engineering, chemistry or related, providing specialized training, advanced, in areas related to the agro-industries: dairy products, wines, beer, meat products, cereals and derivatives, growers, etc.
  • Provide technology transfer on issues relating to the processing and the quality of food, the development of new products, taking into account the nutritional and sensory aspects, as well as the certification of food safety management system.
  • Supporting R&D around the agro-industrial sector, promoting product quality, strengthening food safety and quality.

Gastronomical Sciences

Nova Lisbon University

Director: Paulina Mata

The Course in Gastronomical Sciences aims to meet the needs resulting from a profound change in the relationship of consumers with food and in the process of food production on a small scale that occurred in the last decade. The evolution of cuisine in its many forms, as well as that of restoration, requires a change in work processes and level of expertise.

The aim of this Course is to provide thorough scientific and technical training in the field of food science. It should also give students an overview all issues related with gastronomy, which involve other technical and cultural aspects in order to allow a more comprehensive approach to the issues and/or create a bridge between the world of knowledge and the real world of various economic and cultural activities related with gastronomy.

Quality Control

University of Porto

Director: Beatriz Oliveira

The Faculty of Pharmacy, holder of a well-established and acknowledged experience in the subjects of physical, chemical, pharmacological, biological and toxicological analysis of medicines, cosmetic products and body hygiene products, offers a Masters Degree in Quality Control. This aims to satisfy the real needs of the business community as far as Products Quality Control (Total Quality) is concerned and to promote the scientific and technical development of the professionals and youngsters who have a vocation in this area.

The Community’s orientations and directives in matters of security and control of the environment and products demand measures that can only be carried out by specialised and competent technicians. In the presence of a market becoming increasingly more demanding, the FFUP aims to help promote competitiveness of companies by guaranteeing the quality of the products they produce.

Membrane Engineering

Nova Lisbon University

Director: Isabel Coelhoso

 The Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering EM3E offers an advanced education programme related to membrane science and engineering at the interface between material science and chemical engineering and focused on specific applicative fields.

It involves 6 High Education Institutions of 5 European countries: University of Twente (Netherlands), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), Institute of Chemical Technology Prague (Czech Republic), Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) and Université Montpellier 2 (France, coordinating organisation). Associated partners are the Universitat della Calabria (Italy), the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Université Hassan II of Mohammedia (Morocco).


University of Porto

Local coordinator: Paula Gameiro

Why the Master’s of Science in Biochemistry? The discipline aims to define and characterise all biomolecules, analysing their structural and functional properties and their interconversions and interactions. It seeks to understand and integrate all biological process along the scale of increasing complexity. Thus, it has always been a thoroughly interdisciplinary science. Biochemists are indispensible is the following productive proccesses: providing insight into division and cellular differentiation at the molecular level (phenomena with implications spanning oncology to tissue engineering); manipulating molecules and cells in order to achieve the optimisation/production of biologically active substances (such as in the development of novel drugs); developing strategies for the systhesis and purification of biological substances; and monitoring all the processes mentioned above and more. Thus it is logical that a qualified workforce must be trained, particularly in the areas of critical analysis and the resolution of biochemical issues at the molecular and cellular levels.


University of Aveiro

Local coordinator: Diana Pinto

This MSc course is addressed to students holding the first cycle in Chemistry or related areas, and features a sound chemistry education at the second cycle level, with continuity, scientific and pedagogic consistency and with a curriculum structure flexible to be adapted to the evolution of the market needs. The objectives of this Master are:

·       To provide a solid background in new and key fields of Chemistry, namely Nanochemistry and Biomolecular Chemistry;

·       To provide an advanced theoretical background and practical training in techniques for separation and spectroscopic characterization;

·       To introduce students into specific areas such as Macromolecular Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Computational Chemistry or Metrology and Accreditation in Chemistry, which are optional courses;

·       To provide advanced training in a specific area of Specialization which must be chosen by the student. 

Sustainable Chemistry

Universities of Aveiro, NOVA Lisbon, and Porto

Directors: Artur Silva (Aveiro), Manuel Nunes da Ponte (NOVA Lisbon), and Maria João Ramos (Porto)

The PhD in Sustainable Chemistry is a multidisciplinary program in the central/broad area of chemistry, aiming at providing new focus on sustainable research strategies towards the development of new chemical, processes and products in line with current needs of the Chemical Industry and the demands of society. It aims at attracting back to Chemistry the young talents lost during the last two decades, since it plans to play a pivotal role in solving many of the current and future societal problems.

CORES | Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

NOVA Lisbon University

Director: Maria João Seixas de Melo

This PhD program aims to provide specialized training with high quality standards in basic and applied areas Conservation and the Conservation-Restoration Sciences. The doctoral degree in Conservation and Restoration is given in the specialties of "Conservation Sciences" and "Theory, History and Techniques". Based on individual supervision, where each doctoral student has a scientific advisor, is intended to provide doctoral students: ability to carry out research respecting the requirements imposed by the academic quality and integrity; leadership in conservation of cultural property; communicate with their peers, the academic community and society in general on the area of specialization; to promote the academic and or professional contexts, technological, social or cultural progress.

BiotechHealth | Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology Applied to Health Sciences

University of Porto

Co-director: Salette Reis

BiotechHealth aims to provide excellence in doctoral training in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology applied to Health Sciences, in an interdisciplinary and international environment, fostering collaboration with internationally recognized research groups, hospitals and industrial companies, both from Portugal and other countries. The programme combines cellular and molecular biotechnologies that are crucial for clinical and industrial application. Molecular Biotechnology (or Molecular Bioengineering) is a new interdisciplinary field, encompassing a new combination of several disciplines, including (Micro)Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Materials Science, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioinformatics and Nanotechnology. An essential component of BiotechHealth concerns the collaboration with international reference institutions (research centers, hospitals or industries), where students should spend a minimum of 6 months.

BIO-E, MIT-Portugal | Bioengineering Systems

NOVA Lisbon University and MIT-Portugal

Director: João Paulo Crespo

The Bioengineering Systems Doctoral program attracts the highest-performing students and involves exchanges with MIT faculty and their laboratories. Depending on student's interest and expertise, placements in other international laboratories are possible. During the doctoral programme, the student must develop abilities to understand in depth a specific research area and a particular field of knowledge within the Bioengineering Systems; to implement, develop and use research methods in close relation with one or more Bioengineering fields of expertise; to conceive, project, adapt and perform in R & D projects in Academia or in Industry in Bioengineering; to do critical thinking and evaluation of new and complex ideas; to communicate with her/his peers and the rest of the academic/scientific community as well as the ability to communicate with the rest of the society, in general; comprehensive understand the need to promote in a professional/academic environment, the technological progress closely connected with the cultural and social visions of the world; and abilities to understand ways of transferring scientific achievements to entrepreneurial environments.

SANFEED | Animal Science

Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar from the University of Porto.

Director: António José Mira da Fonseca

The SANFEED Programme (Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding) is a Doctoral ANIMAL SCIENCE Programme in an industrial setting funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) that started in the academic year of 2014/2015.

The programme is organised in the following four workpackages (WP):

  • WP1: Increase livestock sector efficiency
  • WP2: Decrease the environmental impact of animal production
  • WP3: Promote health and animal welfare
  • WP4: Assure product quality and food safety

PDEQB | Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Nova Lisbon University

Director: João Paulo Mota

The Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (PDEQB) aims to be an excellence project at the 3rd Study Cycle level , which is strongly oriented towards research, supported on the proven expertise of teachers and researchers of the Chemical and Biochemistry Engineering Section of FCT- NOVA’s Chemistry Department and the associated R & D Laboratories.

The PDEQB aims to train highly qualified professionals able to play a major role in terms of research, education, entrepreneurship and leadership in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and horizontally in related fields such as environment, energy and materials.

DPFS | Food Sciences

Universities of NOVA Lisbon and Évora

Director: Marco Gomes da Silva

The Doctoral Program in Food Sciences is in line with the growing relevance of the food sector, coupled with the challenges of climate change, future prospects for sustainable global food needs as well as environmental constraints. It is therefore important to develop knowledge and skills to enable professionals to anticipate global challenges in upstream and downstream of the food sector (from producer to consumer) and to improve the performance and competitiveness of their products through innovative, intelligent processes promoting sustainable development.


University of Aveiro

Director: Augusto Tomé

Its goal is to take talented students and shape them into high-level researches and potential leaders in Chemistry. It is expected that in the future they will be able to research independently, precisely and uprightness. Furthermore, they will develop some important skills, such as analysis of the situations, developing of new strategies and solving problems. In this way, they will be ready for the challenges either in the industry, the laboratory or the academy. This programme gives a broad and up-to-date vision of the chemistry and stimulate the acquisition of advance and specific competences in these areas. 


Nova Lisbon University

Director: Marco Gomes da Silva

The Doctoral program in Chemistry has as main objectives:

1. Provide doctoral competencies, skills and advanced research tools in the specialties of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry;

2. Develop skills to conceive, design, adapt and carry out original research, respecting standards of quality, integrity and academic ethics and worthy of international dissemination evaluated in peer publications;

3. To enable doctoral students a multidisciplinary training to complete a synergistic and comprehensive knowledge gained in their respective specialties in a perspective of their integration into the labor market.


University of Porto

Director: Victor Freitas

The Doctoral Program in Chemistry aims to offer advanced education and training in all areas of Chemistry by promoting excellence in research, pushing forward the limits of scientific knowledge.

It is also desirable that part of the future Doctor's degrees in Chemistry have professional success outside the academic environment. Thus the program permanent aim, throughout the training cycle, is to promote the development of other skills beyond the training in chemistry. The program is therefore designed to create opportunities for the education of the doctoral student, particularly regarding the development of soft skills of communication, scientific ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship.


University of Aveiro

Director: Maria do Rosário Domingues

This 3rd cycle course is aimed for candidates with a master degree or 2nd cycle in the field of biochemistry.

This course provides students with the essential methodological and technical background to produce knowledge in the life sciences in general and in biochemistry in particular. These objectives are guided by scientific and ethical guidelines. Consequently, the main component of the 3rd cycle in Biochemistry is the preparation of a thesis, which must include original findings certifying the applicant's capacity to undertake research work of high quality, and contribute to produce and promote knowledge in the field of biochemistry. Scientific data should be published in indexed international scientific journals. For this reason, this course also aims to enable students to communicate with their peers in the academic community.

i3DU | Medicines and Pharmaceutical Innovation

Universities of Lisbon and Porto

Local coordinators: José Costa Lima and Maria Beatriz Oliveira

The PhD Programme in Medicines and Pharmaceutical Innovation (i3DU) is a joint initiative of two reference universities in Portugal, the University of Lisbon (ULisboa) and the University of Porto (UPorto), grouping competences and boosting quality in postgraduate training, in cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry. Both universities will award the PhD degrees (accredited by A3ES) that anchor the i3DU Programme. The consortium is led by iMed.ULisboa, Faculty of Pharmacy at ULisboa and involves the Faculty of Pharmacy at UPorto, and REQUIMTE and IBMC.INEB at UPorto, in close and effective collaboration with Hovione and Novartis as major industry partners.

The i3DU represents a strong commitment of academia and pharma in Medicines and Pharmaceutical Innovation training that meets well-defined standards for high quality international PhD training and is in line with the preconized research-innovation-education triangle in Europe.

EngIQ | Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering

Universities of Aveiro, Coimbra, Nova Lisbon, Porto and Technical University of Lisbon

Local coordinator: João Paulo Crespo

The PhD Programme in Engineering of Refining, Petrochemistry and Chemistry (EngIQ) is performed within a partnership between five Portuguese universities (University of Aveiro, Faculty of Science and Technology - University of Coimbra, Faculty of Science and Technology - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculty of Engineering -University of Porto and Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa), in close collaboration with member companies of AIPQR (Association of Petrochemical Industries, Chemical and Refining). The program has three modes: (i) PhD in Business Environment; (ii) Advanced Training Course ;(iii) Modules made to measure.

The Ph.D. program aims to train highly qualified professionals, able to play a major role in research, technological development and adaptation, entrepreneurship and leadership in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering.

EUDIME | Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering

Consortium of 6 partner institutions and several associate partners

Local coordinator: João Paulo Crespo

The Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering (EUDIME) is designed to implement - at international level - excellence, innovation, mobility and multidisciplinarity in investigation approaches related to membrane science and technology. 

ChemMat | Materials Chemistry

Technical University of Lisbon, Universities of Porto and Coimbra

Local coordinator: Cristina Freire

ChemMat addresses the challenges of modern materials chemistry, with the aim of educating a new generation of researchers in Chemistry, able to prepare and process nanostructured materials with optical, electric and magnetic functionalities, which are at the root of many important applications in fields of high economic impact such as electronic, spintronic and photonic devices, solar cells, sensors, data storage, etc.

M2B-PhD | Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Technical University of Lisbon, University of Porto and University of Coimbra

Local coordinator: Victor Freitas

There is an increasing demand for doctoral scientific training able to cope with quantitative reasoning in Molecular Sciences applied to Health Sciences. The aim of the “Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics” Doctoral Programme (M2B-PhD) is to train through research highly qualified professionals in the fields of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.

The Programme joins Portuguese academic centres of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, distributed by 3 universities in 3 different cities (University of Lisbon, including the former Technical University of Lisbon, University of Porto and University of Coimbra), to provide training through research in state-of-the-art environments. The team of educators/researchers involved in the M2B-PhD is composed of a core of biochemists and biophysicists complemented with researchers in closely related areas, mostly working in medical, pharmaceutical sciences or engineering schools.

PhD students will be exposed to an interdisciplinary environment suitable for them to tailor their career plan. This may include future careers in academia, as clinicians, health technicians (advanced analytics, biomedical engineering) or biotech entrepreneurs.