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PhD Neurosciences


The Doctoral Program in Neuroscience of the University of Porto (PDN-UP) is a tailor-made program that enables students from multiple backgrounds to acquire the basic theoretical and practical skills necessary to develop a PhD thesis in various fields of neuroscience. During the first year, students attend a short core curriculum covering the fundaments of neurobiology. This is followed by a variety of optional units encompassing the main research topics in neuroscience at the molecular, cellular and systems levels, the various methodologies available and a number of related subjects from the engineering and physics domains. In addition, the students are asked to participate in three international advanced courses in the frontiers of neuroscience and to rotate through three different national or international laboratories of their choice. They are also given the possibility of attending a large assortment of seminars and participating in journal clubs. The Program offers a broad, multidisciplinary education guaranteed by the collaboration of various first line research units inside and outside the country and a large high profile faculty from the Medical, Science and Engineering Schools of UP and the Associate Laboratory IBMC/INEB. During the four year duration of their training, the students are counseled by a tutor as to their options in terms of curricular education and research project development. The program provides access to a rich national and international research environment within European training networks and as a member of NENS (Network of European Neuroscience Schools).

Collaborating Institutions: IBMC/INEB; Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Sciences
Administration: FMUP
Coordinator: Deolinda Lima
Eligibility: Degree in medicine or other health related sciences, biology, biochemistry, physics, engineering or mathematics
Accreditation: 240 ECTS
Tuition & Financial Support: Expenses related to Advanced Courses and Lab Rotations are partially covered by the Program
Language: English/Portuguese
Fee: 2 750 ¤ year
Positions: 8 - field of experimental neuroscience (plus 2 for students under protocols)
Application deadline: 1st phase: May 28th to June 25th, 2012
2nd phase: August 9th to 31st, 2012
Starting date: 3 December, 2012
Schedule (first year): 9am-6pm
Mailing /contact address:
Department for Research and Graduate Studies - daipg@med.up.pt
Academic Division – dafmup@med.up.pt
Coordinator - limad@med.up.pt


Department for Research and Post-Graduate Studies
Tel.: 22 551 36 76
Fax.: 22 551 36 92
E.Mail - ipg@med.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5207
Director: Vasco Galhardo
Codiretor: Rui Vaz
Acronym: PDN
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 4 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Neuroscience - Speciality in Clinical Neuroscience, Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health (240 ECTS credits)
  • Neurosciences - Speciality in Experimental Neurosciences (240 ECTS credits)
  • Neuroscience -Speciality in Clinical Neuroscience, Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health (60 ECTS credits)
  • Doctor in Neurosciences - Speciality in Experimental Neurosciences (60 ECTS credits)

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