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Veterinary Sciences

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The Doctoral Programme in Veterinary Sciences aims to promote advanced training in the field of Veterinary Sciences through research. This programme was designed to achieve levels of excellence. Offering a combination of a rigorous doctoral programme with guidance by researchers associated with research institutions of national and international merit in the different areas of basic and clinical sciences.

The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS) is recognised among the organic units of the University of Porto for its multidisciplinary characteristics in the field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on an educational, scientific, and cultural project that led to the foundation of this institution. Having as its priorities the promotion of fundamental and applied research activities, it stimulates the exchange of knowledge and experiences among its professors and researchers from different areas of knowledge.

We believe that the interdisciplinarity characteristics and attractive research opportunities have contributed to the creation of a pleasant and productive atmosphere that stimulates students to acquire a high level of scientific quality.

The doctoral programme consists of a 1st year with an annual curricular unit called "Probationary Year". A scientific profile acquired based on curricular units is usually compulsory, however, it is offered through modules or courses. The transfer of professional and scientific skills is carried out voluntarily, through courses, classes, and/or workshops designed for each particular candidate. The non-existence of fixed curricular units creates the possibility for the doctoral student to carry out a personalised initial training, allowing conciliation with other interests, as foreseen in an advanced training plan agreed with the Direction of the programme.

The curricular components of advanced training can be completed in a single semester or over the 2 semesters of the 1st year, up to a maximum limit of 30 credits. The remaining 30 credits of the "Probationary Year" unit necessarily include preparatory work (laboratory or other) to support the work leading to the doctoral thesis.

The remaining three years of the doctoral programme, corresponding to 180 credits, are dedicated to the preparation of an original thesis, particularly elaborated for this purpose and appropriate to the knowledge profile in the field of Veterinary Sciences.

Among other requirements, foreseen in the Internal Regulation of the Doctoral Programme in Veterinary Sciences, it is considered an absolute condition for submission of the thesis to public defence the inclusion in it of at least 1 original article (full length paper) published or accepted for publication in an indexed international journal, whose 1st author must be the doctoral student.

The monitoring of the execution of the programme and the fulfilment of its objectives is carried out by an External Monitoring Committee, composed of three experts in the field of the cycles of studies external to the institution, namely:
- Professor Armando Carvalho Lousã - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon;
- Professor José Henrique Duarte Correia - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon;
- Professor Nuno Vieira de Brito -  Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo.


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1st Phase

2nd Phase

3rd Phase

Submission of applications

03-04-2023 to

28-08-2023 to

03-11-2023 to

Posting of provisional results




Prior hearing

27-06-2023 to

06-10-2023 to

22-11-2023 to

Posting of final results




Submission of complaints

12-07-2023 to

23-10-2023 to

11-12-2023 to

Publication of the decision on complaints





12-07-2023 to

23-10-2023 to

11-12-2023 to

Possible admission of non-placed applicants

19-07-2023 to

30-10-2023 to

18-12-2023 to

Publication of leftover vacancies for the next phase




Tuition fees 2023/2024

Application for Readmission 2023/2024

Minimum number of students for the cycle of studies to operate – 5

Beginning of the Academic Year: 2 january 2024

Normal duration of the course: 4 years (8 semesters)


For any clarification regarding the provisional plan of the doctoral project please contact, Professor Ana Colette Maurício, by email: acmauricio@icbas.up.pt

Academic Affairs: Helena Martins
Telephone: 220 428 006

Secretariat to Councils, Study Cycles Directors and Specialized Commissions
Email: gabsec@icbas.up.pt

Opening Hours:
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 15:30

General information

Official Code: 5123
Director: Ana Colette Maurício
Acronym: CV
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2009/2010
Duration: 8 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Sciences (240 ECTS credits)

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