Doutoramento em Biologia de Plantas - Plantas para a Vida

Objetivos educativos

Current climate changes combined with the reduction of per capita agricultural land area and other natural resources pose major limitations for securing food, feed, and energy demands of the escalating world population. Overcoming these limitations through the generation of better food, feed and energy crops, while ensuring sustainability and environmental health, is one of the contemporary challenges for plant scientists.

The international PhD Program Plants for Life aims to train a prominent body of future world-class researchers in plant sciences able to address key biological questions related to plant growth and development, to plant responses to environmental stress and to the improvement of crop varieties and plant products.

The innovative training provided by Plants for Life PhD Program is unique in the country, representing an opportune and highly valuable input to increase the competitiveness and innovation ability in an area of crucial importance for the sustainable development and future of human society.

Plants for Life is a FCT funded PhD Program, with 6 annual fellowships.

Caracterização geral

Código

PlantsLife

Ciclo

Doutoramento (3.º Ciclo)

Grau

Doutor

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Coordenador

Nelson Saibo

Data de abertura

O Programa Doutoral Plantas para a Vida de 2019 tem início a 01 de abril

Número de vagas

Os candidatos ao programa doutoral Plantas para a Vida, devem encontrar financiamento próprio para desenvolvimento do seu plano de tese, quer através de Instituições nacionais ou internacionais. Estes alunos serão aceites com financiamento independente, desde que cumpram os requisitos de admissão.

Propinas

Taxa de Inscrição/Matrícula: 51,00 euros
A propina anual é de 2750,00 €.
Propina mínima: 630,50 €

Os estudantes que beneficiem de uma bolsa atribuída pelo Programa Doutoral Plantas para a Vida ou com bolsa obtida através das candidaturas individuais da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, têm as propinas cobertas.

Horários

A parte curricular do doutoramento tem uma duração de 23 semanas, maioritariamente no primeiro ano, e terá início em abril com o seguinte horário:

2ª-feira a 6ª-feira
09:30 - 13:00 // 14:30 - 17:30

Requisitos para obtenção do grau ou diploma

The PhD Program Plants for Life has a total of 240 credits (ECTS) and is mainly composed by the individual research project (210 ECTS) leading to thesis dissertation. The course component (30 ECTs) corresponds to a total of 20 weeks and focuses on training in core competences in plant sciences and in transversal skills. Supported by their supervisors, students are encouraged to develop their own path within the Program, by writing their own project and selecting additional courses.

The program initial training deals with fundamental subjects, such as Plant Cell and Developmental Biology, Plant Metabolic Regulation, and Eco-Physiology and Plant Interactions. This training aims to provide an overview of general aspects in Plant Sciences and the required conceptual framework to tackle the subsequent, more applied subjects: Modern Strategies in Crop Breeding and Plant Biotechnology for Sustainability and Global Economy. Most of the curricular units take one or two weeks (1.5 or 3 ECTS).

Students have a four week period to build up, write and discuss their thesis project, under close supervision of the thesis adviser (Research Project, 6 ECTS) before starting their thesis, which comprises most (210 ECTS) of the PhD Program. One year after starting their research work, the student’s progress will be monitored (Research Training, 3 ECTS).

Students may choose advanced courses taking place at other institutions, according to their personal interests and the relevance to their thesis (Free Option, 4.5 ECTS). Emphasis is also given to the development of soft skills (oral and written communication to peer and public audiences), entrepreneurship and networking. Students will profit from an outstanding research environment, which entails interactions between research groups across the participating national and international institutions, promoting interdisciplinary high-level training.

Mais informações: https://www.itqb.unl.pt/education/phd-plantsforlife/course-structure

Condições de acesso

Admission of applicants is competitive and based on the educational background, academic qualification, track record and motivation.

Educational background: Applicants with a background in agronomical and biological sciences or areas that interface with these are encouraged to apply to the PlantsforLife PhD Program. Non Portuguese academic degrees can only be considered upon recognition by Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior or by a Portuguese Higher Education Institution, according to the applicable legislation (Decreto-Lei n.º 341/2007, de 12 de outubro, and Decreto-Lei n.º 283/83, de 21 de junho). This recognition must be obtained by the application deadline.

Academic qualification: The graduation record of the applicants should be strong and meet one of the following requirements:

a) hold a Masters degree or legal equivalent at the date of application;
b) hold a Bachelor’s degree with a total number of academic credits equal or above 240 (pre-Bologna degrees);
c) exceptionally, hold a Bachelor’s degree with a total number of academic credits below 240 (post-Bologna degrees) and an academic or scientific curriculum vitae of outstanding quality recognized by the Directive Board of the PhD Program.

A good knowledge of English is absolutely required and, although not mandatory, applicants should support the candidature with scores of internationally valid language exams (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).

Regras de avaliação

Cada unidade curricular é avaliada de forma independente. Além da avaliação contínua ao longo da unidade, a avaliação incidirá sobre trabalhos individuais ou trabalhos de grupo efetuados durante a unidade.

A avaliação do trabalho de investigação é feita pelo júri de doutoramento e tem em conta a prestação dos alunos nas várias fases do trabalho, os artigos publicados, a tese e a sua apresentação e discussão pública.

Estrutura

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