Doutoramento em Tecnologias Agroindustriais

Education

PhD in Agroindustrial Technologies

Started in 2016/2017. The required minimum credits number to graduate is 180 (3 years).

Objectives

The regulatory framework of Structural Funds and European Investment, properly aligned with the Europe 2020 strategy, aims to strengthen research, technological development and innovation, with the perspective of increasing quality indexes and sustainable competitiveness in the agro-industrial system. In this context, this Doctoral Program considers the followed itineraries by associated products, as well as by the agents acting on them (private companies and public operators), together with the set of unit operations involved in their production and technological transformation. Alongside, this Doctoral Program considers the operation of national and supranational regulatory bodies involved in the different stages of the food chain in open markets and also the involved associations in the production and processing of food raw materials.

The Doctoral Program in "Agroindustrial Technologies" is designed for the development of agro-food plus value chains, adapting technological and scientific activities to the production, processing and marketing systems, according to market requirements. Thus, this Doctoral Program, which may be carried out in association with companies belonging to the food sector, aims not only the competences acquisition at scale gains, but also the gains concerning the range, which must pass through qualitative and differentiating transformations of  production and processing and by their respective commercial value to the consumer in terms of health benefits.

The main objective of this PhD is the training of researchers with high qualifications and competences thus capacitating them to develop autonomous research projects in areas of economic and social activity and / or university environment.

The acquired skills by doctoral students are the following ones:

  1. Mastering the state of the art of technologies with sustainable application in agro business, including the aspects of the knowledge frontier in order to develop the appropriate professional activity to the production of food raw materials;
  2. Analysis of the complexity of agro business systems, demonstrating critical, entrepreneurial and creative ability in the reformulation of food products;
  3. Understand the different features of an agro industrial processing system suitable for the design of new food products, as well as the social context in which the system is inserted;
  4. Communicate and interact as a team, with intervention in the productive processes of agro food industries looking to optimize processes and being aware of the responsibilities and ethical and professional obligations.

Study Plan and Regulation:

1st year, 1st semester

- Course Unit "Food Production and Food Processing Technologies" (6 ECTS)

- Thesis project (18 ECTS)

- Doctoral School Courses (6 ECTS)

1st year - 2nd semester, 2nd year and 3rd year

- Thesis (150 ECTS)

Curriculum

Career opportunities

Future PhDs in "Agro industrial Technologies" will be able to develop, in autonomy, innovative systems with application of technologies focused on optimizing productive processes and intelligent transformation of goods.

Doctors in "Agro industrial Technologies" will be able to carry out their professional activity in organizations of the Public and Private Sector, in Management, Development, Maintenance and Quality Control activities in the Agro food Industry linked to the obtention of raw materials and processed products.

They may also integrate service companies, namely Consulting, Project and Audit or carry out research tasks in academic and / or business context.

Regulation

Schedule

Daytime

Tuition fee

Portuguese students: 2.750€

Foreign students: 2.750€

Applications

24th april to 16th july (1st phase)

Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:

15

Admission rules:

1. Holders of a Master's Degree in any ​​Engineering, Natural or Exact Sciences or Technology area, related areas or legal equivalent ones, obtained in a national or foreign institution, with a minimum number of 120 ECTS.
2. Holders of a pre-Bologna degree, or with a number of credit units equal to or greater than 240 ECTS, in any area of ​​Engineering, Natural Sciences or Exact Sciences, related areas or legal equivalent obtained in a national or foreign institution.
3. Holders of a bachelor's degree, holders of a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum specially recognized as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by legally and statutorily competent scientific body of the university where they wish to be admitted.
4. Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to the Scientific Committee of this PhD to carry out this cycle of studies.

Ranking:

The Scientific Committee of this PhD is responsible for the selection of the candidates, through the evaluation of the course classification and academic, scientific and / or professional curriculum. Potentially eligible candidates can be asked to make an interview.

The Scientific Committee of the PhD may also request the candidate to present additional documentation considered as relevant for the evaluation of the application.

Course coordinator:

Professor Fernando José Cebola Lidon

pdtai.coordenador@fct.unl.pt

Registration and Accreditation

DGES

Registration number R/A-Cr 116/2016 on 12/08/2016

A3ES

Accreditation on 21/07/2016, for 6 years

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