Doutoramento em Geologia


PhD in Geology

The development prospects for Portugal point to the need for technicians and scientists in the field of the Earth Sciences, particularly in Geology, with high scientific qualifications. Earth sciences are considered major scientific areas in many of developed countries worldwide. The course began operating in the academic year 2008/2009. The minimum number of credits for the degree is 180 (3 years).


Course objectives are to train highly qualified researchers in this scientific field and with the power to conduct and develop research and projects with autonomy in economic and social activity and / or university environment sectors.

The skills to be acquired by doctoral students are:

a) Competence of knowledge and understanding capacity;

a.1) Systematic understanding capacity in the scientific study of geology, to enable them with deepen knowledge at the level of 1st and 2nd cycles in this field and gain sustainable basis to develop tasks autonomously in the research context;

a.2) To acquire scientific training and advanced techniques that give them skills and research methods associated with the scientific field of Geology allowing understand and solve new problems and situations in multidisciplinary contexts;

b) Application of knowledge and understanding Skills;

b.1) Ability to devise, design and implement major research projects in geology, developing management and technical monitoring coordination capabilities autonomously in the center of research in which they operate (Centre for Research in Science and Geological Engineering, CICEGe, or other), other research institutions or companies, respecting the requirements imposed by the academic quality and integrity standards;

c) Competency achievement of judgment / decision making;

c.1) Developing integration capabilities of knowledge in order to be able to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize new ideas in complex situations always presenting solutions and proposing implementation of projects taking into account economic and social implications;

d) Communication skills;

e) Self-learning skills. 

Plano curricular

Saídas profissionais

The areas of intervention of the future Doctors in Geology are related to the characterization and exploration of geological resources and geological and geo-environmental mapping, characterization and preservation of the geological and paleontological heritage as well as secondary education. Also, in construction and public works a doctorate in geology contribute to the training of experts who can play a key role in the stages of geological characterization of the deployment areas of civil works. 

These activities will lack the technical and scientific support, both at project level as monitoring and enforcement. Some even have a leading role. The advanced training at doctoral level, will allow high levels of achieved development, which undoubtedly contributes to innovation and significant improvement of the developed work.

The PhD course in Geological Engineering is based on the guiding principles and objectives underlying their integration into the European higher education space. With this design, their doctorates will operate in national and international space, in highly competitive environments, conducting up their training and the course organization by high quality standards.

Horário de funcionamento



Estudantes nacionais:

2 750 Euros/ year 

Estudantes internacionais:

2 750 Euros/ year 


1st phase: 11th march to 5th april 2024

2nd phase: 3rd to 28th june 2024


Condições de acesso para o ano letivo de 2024/2025

Vagas para 2024/2025:


Regras de acesso:

1) Applicants must meet the conditions of access and enrollment in doctoral programs indicated in the General Regulations of the NOVA FCT doctoral programs;

2) In addition candidates must meet at least one of the conditions expressed in the following points:
a) Hold a master's degree in Earth Sciences, or equivalent. The applicant must have a minimum final grade of 14 values in these cycles;

b) Hold an undergraduate degree in the Earth Sciences field and a relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized by the NOVA FCT Scientific Committee as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies;

c) Hold a schoolar, scientific or professional curriculum in the Earth science field that is recognized by the FCT NOVA Scientific Council under the Council of the Department of earth Sciences proposal as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies;

d) The recognition referred subparagraphs b) and c) of first paragraph shall be based on recommendations issued by two professors or PhD researchers, considered experts in the scientific concerned field and appointed by the Scientific Committee of the PhD program.

 To gain the recognition referred in the points 2 and 3, please contact Prof. José Carlos Kullberg:

Critérios de seriação:

The application is done online though the CLIP platform until 31 of August .

Required documentation for the application process (online):

Completed application form;

Degree certificate listing the obtained grades;

Curriculum vitae;


Coordenador do curso:

Professor José Carlos Kullberg

Registo e Acreditação

DGES - Registo n.º R/A-Ef 3078/2011 em 18/03/2011

A3ES - Data de publicação da decisão de acreditação: 10/10/2022

Validade da acreditação: 6 anos contados a partir de 31/07/2022

Sobre o Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences (DCT) of the NOVA School of Science and Technology, whose regulation was reviewed in 2011 (DR 99, 2nd series of 23 May 2011), is a graduate and post-graduate teaching and research unit in the fields of Science and Geological Engineering and in those related or interdisciplinary fields. It promotes scientific and technological development, service delivery, university extension activities, and the development of dissemination activities.

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