It has two study plans: a three-year (180 ECTS) and a four-year (240 ECTS) full-time program, or a part-time program (with the same ECTS) that lasts longer.
The 180 ECTS program includes in its first year a curricular unit dedicated to designing the PhD project (15 ECTS), and remaining time is to develop the thesis (165 ECTS).
The 240 ECTS program includes a mandatory curricular unit dedicated to designing the PhD project (15 ECTS) during the first year; and optional curricular units that can be selected from a wide range of courses (45 ECTS total) and the thesis (180 ECTS) to take place in the remaining years.
The PhDMED has a specific study plan (MD/PhD) targeted specifically at medical students from the School of Medicine at the University of Minho. In this study plan, students interrupt the medical degree at the end of the 5th year to enroll in the PhD program, and conclude the medical training once the PhD is finished. The MD/PhD, which is a pioneering program in Portugal and one of the few in Europe, is done in collaboration with Columbia University (New York City) and Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia). More information here.
There are two ways of applying to the PhD in Medicine.
1st step: contact email@example.com and send your CV; an interview will be scheduled with the director of the program;
2nd step: interview. During the interview a possible PhD project, advisors, and the methods are discussed. A formal PhD project is to be prepared and defended in front of a jury that includes members of the PhD program directive board.
3rd step: the PhD project is submitted for final approval by the Scientific Council of the Medical School.
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These applications take place whenever scholarships are available for this effect.
In these cases, the application (which is only for medical students at University of Minho) must be completed following the guidelines and timing specified in the program's webpage at https://www.med.uminho.pt.