In the curricular unit "Dissertation" the students should develop a research project with high scientific and technical merit. This project should be fulfilled under the guidance of at least two teachers/researchers affiliated to two of the participating institutions. The dissertation should be an original work with high scientific impact, developed mostly by the student. It is also intended that during the development of the work for their doctoral thesis the students acquire the skills that will allow them to understand the research process, including the data analysis and experimental component, as well as their disclosure, through the publication of scientific articles in international peer reviewed journals. At the end of this curricular unit, the student should have acquired skills that will allow them to start an autonomous and independent scientific career that involves the scientific guidance of post-graduate students, as well as the coordination of research projects.

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Responsible teacher

Duarte Barral


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Teaching method

During their thesis work, the students should be encouraged to develop a scientific work of excellence. Therefore, the student will be closely monitored by their supervisors, which shall help them in the completion of their studies as predicted in the work programme that was initially proposed. Thus, the student should make periodic presentations, in which the results are discussed, and where future projects are proposed.

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Subject matter

This curricular unit intends to provide the students with the competencies to develop an original scientific work with high scientific relevance, in the field of ageing and chronic diseases. The students should propose an original scientific question, identifying and adequately using the technical and technologic means required to test the hypotheses.

Thus, the students should have contact with several different techniques and methodologies, which will allow them to have an integrative and interdisciplinary perspective of the research process. During the development of their work, the students will be regularly and closely followed by supervisors, who will provide guidance in matters concerning laboratory tasks, experimental design and interpretation of the obtained results. The students will also be encouraged to actively participate in disclosing their work, in the form of scientific articles in international peer reviewed journals, and also in presentations at scientific meetings.


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