Dissertation Project


Students are able to:

a) designing a research project;

b) demonstrate reflective and argumentative ability to discuss current issues relevant to their research;

c) build written texts following guidelines and ethical rules in the scientific community, demonstrating capacity to articulate ideas and theoretically substantiate their views

d) choose, and give reasons for their choices, a suitable experimental protocol to the objectives;

e) work in a multidisciplinary team in order to design realistic projects and holistic approaches;

f) communicate orally and in writing, and disseminate science among peers and non-scientific partners, such as media, pharmaceutical and food industry.

The research resulting from here should be guided by criteria of originality and scientific rigor. At a cross-level, shall also:

(1) help to expand the boundaries of the body of knowledge concerning the specific area in question, (2) help to increase the quality of professional and academic contexts in which it develops.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Professor Doutor André Rosário


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Teaching language





·        Day, R.A. and Gastel, B. (2012). How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  ISBN: 031333040

·        Blum, D.; Knudson, M. and Henig,R. M. (2006). Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-517498-4

·        Anholt, R. (2006). Dazzle‘em with Style: the Art of Oral Scientific Presentation. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN: 0-12-369452-3

·        Druker, P. F. (2005). Managing oneself. Harvard, USA: Harvard Business Press. ISBN: 978-1-4221-2312-6

Teaching method

Teaching methods, combining exhibition and lectures of teaching responsibility and presentation of texts and by the students research topics, allow them to develop their own personal learning path of research methodologies, through discussion of texts and encouraging reflection and writing.
In close complementarity with the other proposed curriculum of the course, in particular the course of dissertation, this unit is designed to help students acquire a set of skills that make them able to design and develop, with a high degree of autonomy, a research project with a view to obtaining the respective academic degree.

Evaluation method

Develop a set of scientific and educational activities, which aim to strengthen the skills of students from the conduct of debate and reflective learning sessions. There are subjects that are discussed orally and recorded in writing where the light of the various research projects that students will develop throughout the CU, for this:

·        They present and discuss the issues.

·        Case studies and exercises; using the computer.

·        Monitoring the planning of a research project.

·        Use of specific Software: EndNote.

The evaluation will be the result of the work presented as a research project, valuing both the project content, form as well as the ability to discuss it with tutor and the way it is able to argue their choices (100%). Students with a grade equal to or greater than 10 (0 - 20) values are approved.

Subject matter

Module 1

General concepts of structure and management of scientific translation projects in priority areas of Human Nutrition.

Module 2

International networks of clinical trials
National and international research networks in clinical nutrition

Module 3

Communication strategies in science, written and oral

Module 4

Leadership in projects

Module 5

Reflection and research in Project Management Practice

Introduction to the research process
Ethics in clinical research
Critical thinking and critical reflection

Construction of a critical review of the literature

Design and robust research management


Module 6

Case Studies; traineeship project design


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