Doutoramento em Medicina Tropical

Education objectives

Program Overview
TropiKMan Ph.D. is an Informal International Consortium (IIC) that gathers Nova SBE, ISA- UL and IHMT–UNL. It also gathers the cooperation of African Universities such as Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and University of Cape Verde, University José Eduardo dos Santos and University of Pretoria.

TropiKMan links natural and environmental sciences with management. The aim of the TropiKMan Programme is to give PhD students in agrobiotechonology, health sciences and agribusiness and governance for development an entrepreneurial attitude, it also provides an opportunity for inventors, innovators and businesses to showcase their inventive and innovative ideas, projects and processes to potential investors, mentors, government officials and the public. TropiKMan aims at bridging knowledge of several disciplines to tackle scientific problems in tropical regions with management perspective and train students with innovative and entrepreneurial attitudes. It is an opportunity for applicants to realize the potential commercial value of their knowledge, invention or innovation and contribute to the export and employment potential of the tropical regions.

TropiKMan is organized in 4 years in 3 possible headings: Agribusiness and Governance for Development, Agrobiotechnology or Health Sciences.

In the 1st semester, students will take core interdisciplinary courses introducing the group to the program’s context, and leveling their background, to be acquired in a modular structure, each module ending in with an evaluation. In the second semester, students will attend courses from Nova Doctoral School and Specialization Courses.

Lab/group Rotations will be starting at the 2nd semester. Each student will visit at least 2 labs/groups during this period, for 2 months each. By the end of the 1st year, the student will choose a group and a topic for the PhD Project.

The onset of the 2nd year coincides with the start of the Thesis, which will take 3 years, and will be examined annually by the Thesis Advisory Committee, to evaluate achievements, verify adequacy of the designed plan and remove bottlenecks. During the Thesis phase, students are urged to attend at least 12 seminars per year, attend and present their works in international conferences, and publish their results in international journals with referees. Moreover, students must attend one NDS Annual Retreat where they should present their PhD project progresses. At the end of the program, a dissertation will be elaborated and discussed by a jury.

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PhD (3rd Cycle)



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Degree pre-requisites

Application Requirements
This program is of particular interest for candidates who seek to deepen their understanding on the specificities of tropical knowledge and management in the context of North-South and South-South relations.
Applications are selected on evidence of a proper degree of scholarly ability, motivation to complete a challenging academic program and consistent career objectives with the DP subject. Qualified students from any discipline may be considered for admission. In detail, the minimum academic/professional qualifications needed for a student to be enrolled into the program are:

• A Bologna’s 2nd cycle degree from an accredited institution or legal equivalent;
• Another degree plus a highly relevant academic and professional curriculum;
• Proven English proficiency is mandatory;
• Personal data/curriculum vitae;
• Motivation letter;
• Transcript of records;
• Reference letters.

In order to apply or for further information including application details, program structure, scholarships and program requirements kindly visit: PhD in Tropical Knowledge and Management at NOVA SBE.

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