The goal of the PhD in Health Sciences (PhDCS) is to train PhD candidates in developing biomedical research on their own, in an academic setting, in a business setting or in healthcare institutions. It is targeted at Master holders in several areas of sciences, biomedicine, bioengineering and health technologies.

The PhDCS 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 domains at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute: Microbiology and Infection, Neurosciences, Population Health and Surgical Sciences.

Applications are open throughout the academic year, as detailed in Access.

The PhD in Health Sciences is part of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools.

 Academic degree:Doctorate
 ECTS:180 / 240 (according to the study plan)
 Duration:3 curricular years / 4 curricular years (according to the study plan)
 Place: School of Medicine, Campus de Gualtar, Braga
 Main scientific area:Health Sciences

  Key learning outcomes
 Holders of the doctoral degree in health sciences should be able to:
 1.To design, adapt and carry out scientific research, at the doctoral level, respecting the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
 2. Critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas;
 3.Communicate with peers, the academic and scientific community and the society, about subjects in which they are specialized;
 4.Publish research results in international peer-reviewed journals;
 5.Present the results of the research in congresses and scientific meetings of the specialty;
 6.Contribute to the preparation of new projects arising from their research and / or their scientific competences;
 7.Promote, in an academic and / or professional context, technological, social and cultural progress;
 8.Demonstrate deep and critical knowledge of the theme of their thesis work and how it fits scientific knowledge in general as well as in society.

  Access to higher education
 The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level.

 Industry: in the areas of health care, biotechnology and pharmaceutical.
 -Health care units.