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Basic and Applied Biology

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

The Doctoral Program in Areas of Basic and Applied Biology (GABBA) started in the academic year of 1996/1997 from the merger of 4 MSc Programs in the University of Porto, from the Faculty of Sciences (FCUP), Faculty of Medicine (FMUP) and the Abel Salazar Institute for Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS). The Program is organized by the three involved schools, in articulation with the i3S Research Unit, which integrates IBMC (Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology), INEB (Institute of Biomedical Engineering) and IPATIMUP (Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology) that contribute with researchers and facilities for students training.

The Program has, also, strong collaborations established with other higher education and research institutions, national and international.

The total length of the Program is 4 years, with a first academic semester with theoretical, practical and laboratorial modules. At the end of this semester students have the opportunity to visit labs and to interview possible supervisors in order to choose where and with whom they will carry their PhD thesis work.

The Scientific Commission of GABBA is constituted by:

Prof. António Amorim (Director)
Prof. Manuel Sobrinho Simões
Prof. Fátima Carneiro
Prof. Alexandre do Carmo
Prof. João Relvas
Prof. Claudio Sunkel
and by the Emeritus Prof. Maria de Sousa as an honorary member.

Program financially supported by the National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).


Requirements: Candidates must hold a University degree in any branch of Biological, Biomedical or Natural Sciences, having a minimum of 240 ECTS of University training. Candidates with First University degree marks lower than 14 (out of 20) or equivalent (< 70%) will not be considered, regardless of the marks obtained for more advanced education (e.g. Masters degree). Candidates should be fluent in English.

Numerus Clausus: 9

Applications: from the 1st until the 19th of June 2015

Application Fee: 55 ¤

Interviews: between the 6th and the 10th of July 2015

Selection Criteria: the candidates will be selected based on the curriculum and interview.

The list of the selected candidates will be published until the 20th of July of 2015

Registrations: between the 21st and the 27th of July 2015

Registration Fee: 100 ¤ (payable when registering at ICBAS)

Insurance: 2 ¤ (payable when registering at ICBAS)

Tuition fee: 2750¤/year

Start Date: 4th of January of 2016

Schedule: Full time


Additional information: Catarina Carona (gabba@ipatimup.pt, tel: +351225570700/+351226074900)

General information

Official Code: 5751
Director: António Manuel Amorim dos Santos
Acronym: BBA
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2009/2010
Duration: 8 Semesters

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Basic and Applied Biology (240 ECTS credits)
  • Fundamentals of Applied and Basic Biology (30 ECTS credits)

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