Doutoramento em Química Sustentável


This PhD Programme started in 2009/2010, and it is currently  a joint degree of the University of Aveiro, Nova (the New University of Lisbon), and the University of Porto.

The number of ECTS needed to obtain the degree is 240, meaning the normal duration is four lective years. The fees charged may depend on the University where the main supervisor of the thesis work belong. They are now  2750 € per year.


The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Chemistry is hosted by three top Portuguese Universities. The staff members involved in the Programme form a large network of chemists, biochemists, pharmacists and chemical engineers, dedicated to the development of Sustainable/ Green Chemistry.

Sustainable Chemistry is the new name of Industrial Chemistry. As presented by SusChem (, the European Chemical Industry Technological Platform, Sustainable Chemistry has an encompassing nature, covering aspects of different areas of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and White Biotechnology.

Sustainable Chemistry is thus contributing to tackling some of the main challenges presented to chemistry in the 21st century.

This Programme covers subjects as diverse as synthesis and manufacturing; protection of individuals and analytical chemistry; computational chemistry, theory and molecular design; biochemistry; drug design, materials science, biomaterials and nanotechnology; environmental chemistry; energy and chemical engineering. Graduates will specialise in one these areas. They will arrive at the job market at a time when strong demand for graduates in Sustainable/ Green Chemistry programmes is expected, from both  industry and academy.





Estudantes nacionais: 2.750€

Estudantes internacionais: 2.750€

Prazo de candidatura:

a indicar oportunamente 


Condições de acesso para o ano letivo de 2016/2017



Regras de acesso:

PDQS aims at recruiting students with: (a) a successfully accomplished Masters degree in any area of Science and Technology with a sufficient Chemistry content; (b) the intellectual maturity to be able to put forward the foundations of a well designed career plan; (c) the passion to perform research in one of the fields of Sustainable Chemistry.

PDQS will welcome diversity and it will recruit internationally as much as possible.

The Programme has 10 doctoral fellowships per year, attributed according to the selection and ranking criteria below. Apart from these fellowships, the programme admits candidates with other sources of financial support. For instance, in 2014, the Programme enrolled 30 students.

Admission criteria

Candidates with a Masters degree in any area of Science and Technology, with at least 18 (Bologna) credits in Chemistry or equivalent subjects, are admitted to the annual call for candidates. Although there is no major cut-off related to the background of the candidates, a solid knowledge of English language is mandatory, as well as a minimum knowledge of Engineering/Scientific methodologies with a Grade-Point Average in engineering and science areas equal or higher to 14/20 (Portuguese Scale or equivalent by conversion in case of foreign candidates).

Critérios de seriação:

The process of selecting and ranking applicants is carried out by the Coordination Committee, with a few added members of the Scientific Council.  External experts may be added to the Committee, whenever necessary. It involves a careful analysis of each candidate's curriculum vitae, including the  academic background ( degree and eventually  GPA score), scientific experience,  letter of motivation and  reference letters, and, finally, personal interview.

The final ranking score of each candidate is determined by: 

(1) Previous academic achievements (30 %)

It includes Masters final mark, classifications obtained in relevant courses, especially interesting written coursework, communications in meetings and conferences, mobility, academic prizes;

(2) Scientific background (20 %),

Research experience, research results, and impact of scientific publications are considered, taking into consideration the role played in those publications.

(3) Interview, recommendation letters and motivation letter (50 %)

Coordenador do curso:

Director: Professor Ana Aguiar Ricardo, NOVA (

Co-Directors:  Professora Maria João Ramos, University of Porto (, Prof. Artur Silva, University of Aveiro (