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Molecular Medicine and Oncology

The PhD Programme includes a lectural year followed by the development of an original research project.

The lectural year is composed of nuclear and optional courses that include seminars, general or scientific problem focused sessions, laboratory work or short term training for skill development. The format is tailored by the Scientific Committee in order to meet each student particular objectives.

It is hoped that the interdisciplinary nature of the lectural year and the relationship between medicine, oncology, biology and genetics will provide the environment and ideas to the generation of the PhD Project. This one may be developed in any institution offering high quality standards and considered appropriate by the student, the supervisor and the Scientific Committee.

The programme is organized by the Faculdade de Medicina do Porto (FMUP) in cooperation with the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) and the Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto (IPATIMUP), the Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular/Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (IBMC/INEB), the Centro Hospitalar S. João and the Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto. Its director is Prof. Manuel Sobrinho-Simões and the scientific committee also includes Profs. Henrique Almeida, Davide Carvalho, Deolinda Lima, J Pinto de Sousa and Rui Medeiros.

Topics in the lectural programme: Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology Techniques (Hands-on), Cell Cycle & Apoptosis, Human Genetics and Disease, Oncobiology, Molecular Cytogenetics, Angiogenesis in Inflammation and Cancer, Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Epidemiology, Gerontology Cardiac Insufficiency, Epigenetics and Cancer, Endocrine Pathology. 


The PhD Programme in Molecular Medicine and Oncology aims to prepare «medical scientists» to the present and the future. For this fulfilment, the Programme will seek conditions for the learning of the new (personalized) Medicine through the integration of medical knowledge and the language and tools of molecular biology, applied to the diagnostic, therapeutical and prognostic exercises.

In this way, the Programme is purposed to generate appropriate conditions for a successful project in clinical or translational research employing molecular methods, that will support a PhD essay, necessary to obtain the Degree.



1. Holders of graduation in Medicine, Dental Medicine and Veterinary Medicine or «Mestrado Integrado» in the same fields according to «Bologna Process», obtained in portuguese universities.

2. Holders of similar or legally equivalent degrees, from other universities, upon review by the scientific committee.


Criteria for selection

For the selection, the scientific committee will consider the following:

a) Curricular evaluation (under and post graduation and professional experience) -  Weighting: 60%

b) Interview, aiming to evaluate the candidate´s preparation in the PhD Programme scientific fields, their professional experience and personal objectives within the Programme scope.  -  Weighting: 40%

The final classification will result from the sum of a) and b).
Previous knowledge or abilities in the fields covered by the programme will be valued. 


Applications 2015-16

Positions - 8
1st Phase - 4
2nd Phase - 4

Phase 1

Online Applications: 18/05/2015 to 05/06/2015

Lists with admission results (on-line): Until 22-06-2015

Appeals and complaints (if applicable): from 23/06/2015 to 25/06/2015

Decision publication: 26-06-2015

Registrations: from 29/06/2015 to 02/07/2015

Placement of substitutes (when applicable) : from 03/07/2015


Phase 2

Online Applications: 07/07/2015 to 15/07/2015

Lists with admission results (on-line): until 22-07-2015

Appeals and complaints (if applicable): 23/07/2015

Decision publication: 24-07-2015

Registrations: from 27/07/2015 to 31/07/2015

Placement of substitutes (when applicable): 03-08-2015


Starting Date: 14/09/2015

Calendar 2015.2016





Fee Full Time: Reference value of UP = 2750¤  /year

Fee Part Time:2062,5¤ /year



Tuition fee for students covered by the International Student Status, approved by Decree-Law 36/2014 of 10 March)

Fee Full Time: 7500¤ /year

Fee Part Time: 5625¤/year

Fee Full Time (CPLP):  3750¤ /year

Fee Part Time (CPLP): 2812,5¤ /year


To assist the application, you can consult the Guide Support (1)


To assist the registration, you can consult the Guide Support (2)




Department for Research and Post-Graduate Studies 
Tel.: + 351 22 551 36 76
Fax.: + 351 22 551 36 92
E.Mail - daipg@med.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5196
Acronym: PDMOM
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 4 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Molecular and Oncology Medicine (210 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de Doutoramento em Medicina e Oncologia Molecular (não conferente de grau) (30 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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