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Before admission in the MolBioS

• What are the tuition fees?
Tuition fees are 2750 €/year. Students with an FCT fellowship have their tuition fees covered.


• Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the MolBioS PhD Program?
Send an email to for any questions related to the MolBioS PhD Program.


After admission in the MolBioS

• What is the working language of the program?
English is the working language at ITQB NOVA and is used throughout the MolBioS program in all instances. This includes lectures, discussions, written and presentation materials, seminars and group presentations, information and dissemination materials, web site, etc.

• How will I choose my supervisor?
You can choose your supervisor among the laboratories affiliated with the Program.

• What is the Thesis Committee?
The Thesis Committee is formed by the supervisor(s) and two other individuals not affiliated with the same lab and has the following responsibilities: i) to review the written thesis proposal; ii) to meet annually with the student to evaluate progress and provide mentoring and advice; iii) to attend the student's thesis research seminar, to be presented prior to the writing of the thesis. Members of the Thesis Committee will be available for advice and direction during the time that the student is enrolled in the program.

• Will I spend all my time in just one lab?
That depends on your project but probably not. Mobility to other research laboratories and institutions, mostly abroad, is a common and natural consequence of the high level of internationalization of the participating  research groups. As in recent years, students have very good perspectives of spending training periods in foreign laboratories, as most of the research groups involved have active international collaborations.

• Is there travelling involved?
Yes. Remember science is a global activity and thus students are expected to attend international scientific meetings, both in Portugal and abroad. Also, students involved in this PhD program  have privileged access to outside training opportunities.

• After the curricular units will I have contact with students from different areas?
There are plenty of opportunities to interact with students and researchers in different areas. Additionally, every year, the PhD students themselves organize the PhD Student’s Meeting, a two-day scientific event at ITQB NOVA, where they present and discuss ongoing work with other scientists. The program includes also invited speakers from other national or international institutions.



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