Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Education objectives

The main objective of PDAS is the formation of doctors able to apply a scientific approach to environmental issues and sustainability. PDAS’ vision aims to empower change agents to support companies in achieving the necessary transformations to build a more sustainable future.

Leadership in business, industry, government and society in general require a high degree of technical and scientific knowledge, as well as a mature understanding of the human dimensions of sustainable development. In this context, the main objective of PDAS is to provide an advanced interdisciplinary training in environmental sciences and sustainability, taking into account the technical, ecological, social, economic and institutional dimensions required to address the challenges of sustainability. PDAS is built on a strong research base anchored in two recognized research centers of excellence of the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon (FCT -UNL): CENSE - Research Centre for Environment and Sustainability and IMAR-CMA - Center Sea and Environment.

In particular, PDAS aims to provide its graduates with:

  • A solid scientific culture, with a horizontal and integrated perspective in the field of environmental science and sustainability;
  • The opportunity to acquire advanced training enabling them to identify and analyze the problems of sustainability, propose answers, and design and implement innovative solutions based on the development of applied research;
  • The ability to integrate knowledge of various areas to better address the current problems of sustainability in a transdisciplinary approach;
  • The possibility of participating in international research teams, thereby facilitating their integration into the global network of scientists in your area, and thus contributing to their entry into the labor market at national, European and world level;
  • Entrepreneurial capacity enabling them to develop new companies and businesses, in particular by promoting the link between R & D activities and the economic and business environment.

General characterization

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PhD (3rd Cycle)



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Maria Paula Baptista da Costa Antunes

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration3 anos
Credits180 ECTS
Mandatory scientifc areas

Environmental and Sustainability Sciences Speciality

Scientific Area Mandatory ECTS Optional ECTS

Environmental and Sustainability Sciences

174 0
Transferable skill or Environmental Sciences and Engineering 0 6

Environmental and Sustainability Engineering Speciality

Scientific Area Mandatory ECTS Optional ECTS

Environmental and Sustainability Enginerring

174 0
Transferable skill or Environmental Sciences and Engineering 0 6

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