The goal of the PhD in Biomedicine and Health Sciences (PhDBCS) is to train PhD candidates in developing independent and innovative biomedical research within academic, industrial and/or healthcare institutions based environments. It is targeted to holders of a Master degree in several areas of science, namely biomedicine, bioengineering and health technologies.
The PhDBCS is a broad program with curricular flexibility that values not only previous training but also the diverse specialized paths in whichever biomedical area students choose. The research projects are usually developed (even though it is not mandatory) within the research groups at the
Life and Health Sciences Research Institute. Applications are open throughout the academic year, as detailed in
The PhDBCS has two study plans, one with three years (180 ECTS) and another with four years (240 ECTS). Both study plans include a common curricular unit, which corresponds to the design of the thesis (15 ECTS) that takes place
during the first year. In the 180 ECTS study plan, the remaining 165 ECTS are totally devoted to developing the thesis. In the 240 ECTS study plan, the remaining 225 ECTS are dedicated to optional curricular units (15 ECTS) that may
be selected from a wide range of choices, and to the thesis (210 ECTS) - which should be developed during the four years of the study plan.
The program is very flexible, to allow students to shape their training in accordance with previous background and competences, research interests and aims. As such, students can yearly choose among a vast offer of advanced courses
that take place at the School of Medicine/ICVS UMinho (available here). Students can also be credited for courses taken elsewhere. Of relevance, the
program is also shaped to train students in transferable skills (such preparation for interview, writing of CV and motivation letter, communication, ethics and integrity). Those topics are embedded in various curricular units (e.g.
"Advanced Studies in Laboratory Animal Sciences ") and mandatory sessions are offered within the curricular unit "Thesis Project in Biomedicine and Health Sciences".
The PhD in Biomedicine and Health Sciences is awaiting accreditation by the A3ES - Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior.
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Tuition fee for the academic year 2023/2024
To check the payment plans for the academic year 2023/2024,
click here. Further information is available at the
Academic Portal of the University of Minho.
The PhD in Biomedicine and Health Sciences (PhDBCS) does not offer scholarships. Students enter the program usually with PhD scholarships from national (namely the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and
technology, FCT) or international funding agencies (often within Marie Curie programs).