It started in the academic years 2009-2010. Duration of 3 years. The minimum number of credits for the degree is 180 ECTS.
The growing demand for energy, with the simultaneous increasing scarcity of certain non-renewable fossil fuels and environmental concerns resulting from burning, have led to a progressively increasing goal setting of energy production from renewable sources by countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Thus, the demand for renewable energy sources and the expanding, in number of installed capacity of renewable energy generation plants, have involved very significant investments in the EU and at also at National level.
In this context, energy production from biomass (forestry and dedicated) and waste have been playing an important role at the level of regional, national and European economies, namely the production of solid biofuels from forest biomass or biomass dedicated, liquid fuels from biomass and waste and gaseous biofuels from biomass and waste, as well as the technologies of its heat recovery which has taken, in recent years, a key role in the production of steam and electricity in several European countries.
It is expected that investments in the bioenergy sector will continue to grow in the coming years, whether at European level or at national level. The interdisciplinary nature of the PhD ensures the acquisition of a high-level academic training in the systematic understanding of the scientific area of Energy and Bioenergy:
The study cycle consists of a teaching component, doctoral program (60 ECTS), and a non-teaching component, thesis (120 ECTS), totaling 180 ECTS.
From the 180 ECTS, 153 are obtained in compulsory courses in Energy and Bioenergy Science. The remaining 27, are obtained in courses with optional character: 6 ECTS must be obtained in the scientific area of Energy and Bioenergy; 6 ECTS in the scientific area of Energy and Bioenergy or in the scientific area of Alternative Energies; 15 ECTS are of a free choice nature basis, by conducting courses of the 3rd cycle, taught at the FCT / NOVA or other institutions. From the 180 ECTS, 153 are obtained in compulsory courses in Energy and Bioenergy Science. The remaining 27, are obtained in courses with optional character: 6 ECTS must be obtained in the scientific area of Energy and Bioenergy; 6 ECTS in the scientific area of Energy and Bioenergy or in the scientific area of Alternative Energies; 15 ECTS are on a free choice basis, by conducting courses of the 3rd cycle, taught in the FCT / UNL or at other institutions.
The PhD course syllabus is defined for each doctoral student by the respective PhD’s Scientific Committee.
Upon admission, courses may be credited for activities or previous training, up to 30% of the total number of courses that are part of the teaching component (18 ECTS).
The conclusion of the PhD course gives the right to the award of an Advanced Studies Diploma.
Doctoral Course (60 ECTS)
1st year / 1st semester
Thesis Project I
Free Option 1
Free Option 2
Biomass Production for Energy
Renewable Energy Sources
Conditioned Options1 – Conclusion of one of the presented options.
1st year / 2nd semester
Thesis Project II
Free Option 3
Energy and Environment Sustainability
Energy Production Processes
Thesis in Energy and Bioenergy (120 ECTS)
2nd and 3rd years
Thesis in Energy and Bioenergy
* The research and thesis writing are to be made on the 2nd and 3rd years of the PhD, and correspond, respectively to 60 and 60 ECTS.
2 750 Euros/ year (awaiting approval)
2 750 Euros/ year (awaiting approval)
3rd phase: 15th december to 4th march 2022
1st phase: 15th february to 15th july
Vacancies for 2022/2023:
Professor Ana Luísa Fernando
Registration number R/A-Ef 3069/2011 on 18/03/2011
Publication date of the accreditation decision: 25/06/2015
for 6 years
The Department of Science and Technology of Biomass (DCTB) is the youngest department of NOVA School of Science and Technology, created in February-2011 by the FCT Direction Decision number 06/2011.
DCTB resulted from the evolution of the former GDEH in the researching and teaching areas of Sciences and Technology of Biomass for two specific aims: