PhD Programme on Molecular and Environmental Biology

PDBMA comprises both learning and research components. It is an advanced programme for the formation of researchers in the areas of Molecular and Environmental Biology, counting with the collaboration of national universities and research institutions, as well as professors/researchers belonging to other prestigious European universities within one of the following areas:

Molecular Biotechnology

Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Microbial Physiology and Pathogenesis

Cellular and Development Biology

Biomedicine and Health

Biodiversity and Evolution

Ecology and Environmental Sciences

It is a programme developed in a multidisciplinary environment offering to the students:


Advanced formation in specialized areas, to the frontier of knowledge;


Stimulating scientific environment in high quality research projects;


preparation for professional life, academic or industry based, in Portugal or abroad.

To pursue this advanced studies and research programme the student must possess a high degree of motivation and intellectual and work capacities, and demonstrate professional ambition.

This programme is a collaboration between the CBMA/Minho University and:

IPO/PORTO, Portugal

IPATIMUP, Portugal

Bangor University, Wales, UK

Universidad de Valladolid, España

University of Athens, Greece

London University, UK

Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Univ. Católica, Portugal

CBMA, Escola de Ciências

CEB, Escola de Engenharia

3Bs, Escola de Engenharia

ICVS, Escola de Ciências da Saúde

Coordinator at universidade do Minho

Maria João Sousa

Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental
Departamento de Biologia 
Universidade do Minho
4710-057 Braga Portugal
T. +351 253 604 310/4314

Degree provided

Doctor in Molecular and Environmental Biology

Courses Location

University of Minho
Biology Department
Campus de Gualtar, Braga

Fees and Tuition

2.750€ / year

Number of students

Min: 5 / Max: 10

Admission requirements

First (graduation) and second cycle course (master) in Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Environmental Sciences or other related domains if a sound scientific preparation is proved by the curriculum vitae. Students that are already doing research work and whose supervisor belongs to the Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology can also apply (
Fields of Specialization – Molecular Biotecnology
– Health and Celular Biology
– Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology

Course Duration:

PDMEB students undertake a height-semester doctoral training programme. The first year is devoted to acquiring the necessary theoretical and technical skills in Molecular and Environmental Biology, through a combination of intensive lecture courses, practical classes, seminars, project work and communication skills training (60 ECTS). The thesis work is developed during the next 3 years (180 ECTS).