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ITQB awards PhD degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and Engineering and Technological Sciences. A PhD student at ITQB is part of the research staff integrating the research groups.

All ITQB PhD students are registered in one of the following PhD Programs:


The PhD Program in Molecular Biosciences is a flexible state-of-the-art research oriented program in life sciences. The Program trains students in molecular approaches needed to understand the mechanisms of life.
ITQB is the coordinating institution.


The International PhD Program Plants for Life aims to train a prominent body of future top researchers in plant sciences able to address key biological questions related to plant growth and development, plant responses to environmental stress, and improvement of crop varieties and plant products.
ITQB is the coordinating institution.

 sustainable chemistry 

The PhD in Sustainable Chemistry is a multidisciplinary program in the central/broad area of chemistry, aiming at providing new focus on sustainable research strategies towards the development of new chemical, processes and products in line with current needs of the Chemical Industry and the demands of society.
ITQB is a participating institution.

 cell therapies 

The international Advanced Studies Diploma in Bioengineering – Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine is designed to promote the emergence of research leaders in academia, hospitals and industry, able to produce cutting-edge developments on Regenerative Medicine, translated into clinical applications, and to promote new business ventures, improving human health and economic growth.
ITQB is a participating institution.


The PhD Programme on Catalysis and Sustainability (CATSUS) aims to strengthen the advanced teaching and research in modern Catalysis, promoting a synergic cooperation of the different types of Catalysis, in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, by gathering teams with complementary expertises in various institutions and favouring their interaction.
ITQB is a participating institution.


The PhD on Bioengineering Systems attracts the highest-performing students and involves exchanges with MIT faculty and their laboratories. Curriculum development as well as teaching activities involves the Portuguese institutions as well as MIT faculty.
ITQB is a participating institution.



NOVA Doctoral School

The NOVA Doctoral School offers a range of complementary and transferable activities that support the personal and professional development of PhD students and supervisors.



Useful information for PhD students

Becoming a PhD Student

Doing your PhD at ITQB

European Doctorate

PhD Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering (2009-2013)


Admission and Enrolement (PT)

PhD thesis prize

ITQB Ombudsperson

ITQB PhD Degree Areas [PT] (*.pdf)


ITQB student’s Forum (ITQB Master and PhD students only)


Scheduled PhD Thesis Public Discussions

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PhDs awarded at ITQB since 1995  

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