PhD in Biochemistry


PhD in Biochemistry

Started in 2009/2010. The programme requires a minimum of 240 ECTS (4 years) for a PhD degree.


The Doctoral Program in Biochemistry has as main objectives:

Provide doctoral students with competencies, skills and advanced research methodologies in the specialties of Biophysics, Biochemistry Physics, Biotechnology and Structural Biochemistry;

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

Enable doctoral students a multidisciplinary  training  thus completing a synergistic and comprehensive knowledge gained in their specialties for their quick inclusion in the labor market.


Career opportunities

Teaching in Higher Education Institutions, Scientific Research, Scientific Laboratories, Biotech Industries, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and similar.



Tuition fee

Portuguese students:

2 750 Euros/ year 

Foreign students:

2 750 Euros/ year 


1st phase: 7th march to 22nd march

2nd phase: 1st to 30th of june


Entrance requirements for the 2023/2024 academic year

Vacancies for 2023/2024:


Admission rules:

Applicants must meet at least one of the expressed conditions:

Owning, in the scientific or similar area, a master's degree, or legal equivalent, awarded by a Portuguese or foreign higher education institution, legally recognized.

The corresponding licensed degree holders to a pre-Bologna graduate program with a number of courses that can be considered equivalent to at least 240 credits.

Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the Board of the Department of Chemistry, as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies.


The candidates selection is responsibility of the Scientific Committee of the doctoral program by examining the submitted documentation.

Candidates who meet the academic and curricular conditions, expressed previously, will be selected taking into account their academic, scientific and professional curriculum. Potentially eligible applicants may be called for an interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Maria João Romão

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3065/2011/AL01 on 21/01/2016


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 21/02/2022

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2020

About the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is a permanent organic unity of the NOVA School of Science and Technology, devoted to teaching, to scientific research and to provide services in areas of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Chemistry Department (DQ, founded in 1981, has recognized market implementation in education and employment, particularly so because of the novelty and specificity introduced by the course in Applied Chemistry with which teaching at the School of Chemistry began.

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