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Doctoral Program in Occupational Safety and Health

 A pluridisciplinar PhD program

The curricular structure of the Doctoral Program in Occupational Safety and Health (DemSSO) has been designed to become an important contribution for the solution of one of the great problems that Portugal and other countries face: the lack of occupational safety and health conditions for all. The goal is to improve the quality of life and equal opportunities, as much as possible, for every citizen, having or not special needs.
The economic relevance of this problem is clear when we see the costs of accidents and professional diseases. In Portugal and in many other countries it corresponds to around 2 to 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP).
Lost lives, physical and psychological traumas and familiar, social and other human costs are incommensurable.
The lack of ergonomic conditions, architectonic barriers and other obstacles to mobility are also factors that strongly affect the quality of life, health and safety of many citizens, namely aged people, people with reduced mobility, children and other people with limitations and dependencies.
Occupational safety and health is a strongly interdisciplinary area. Taking that into consideration the teaching body is formed by 50 professors of thirteen of the fourteen faculties of the University of Porto (FAUP, FADEUP, FBAUP, FCUP, FCNAUP, FDUP, FEUP, FFUP, FLUP, FMUP, FMDUP, FPCEUP, ICBAS). This means that students can do PhD thesis in many different fields. THESIS

An open vision of the area of occupational safety and health

The vision behind this doctoral program is not restricted to the labouring problems and to the directly productive citizens. The scope of the program is very inclusive: it includes the problems of everyone in any situation, either workers or users or visitors. It is related and concerns to everyone. Children, young and aged people, unemployed and retired persons are not excluded.

Application Deadlines 2020/2021

1st Phase: 10th December 2019 to 15th January 2020 (beginning of the course in September 2020)

2nd Phase: 16th January to 6th May 2020 (beginning of the course in September 2020)

3rd Phase: 7th May to 5th August 2020 (beginning of the course in September 2020)

4th Phase: 29th October to 27th November 2020 (beginning of the course in February 2021)

All the documents needed and more information related to Application are available in Admissions to 3rd Cycle Studies - 2020/2021

Tuition fees for 2020/2021

Number of vacancies: 40 students
  • 1st Phase - 10
  • 2nd Phase - 8
  • 3rd Phase - 2
  • 4th Phase - 20



Start of School Year:
September for the candidates of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd phases.
February for the candidates of the 4th phase.

FEUP – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto
Tel.: (+351) 225 081 922 (9:00am-5:00pm)
E-mail: demsso@fe.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5757
Acronym: DEMSSO
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2009/2010
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Doctorate in Occupational Safety and Health (180 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Occupational Safety and Health (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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