Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

PhD Programme

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:
  1. advanced formation in specialized areas, to the frontier of knowledge;
  2. stimulating scientific environment in high quality research projects;
  3. 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 consortium 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 Univ. of Minho Maria João Sousa
Contacts 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 (http://old.cbma.uminho.pt/).
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).
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