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Doctorate in Biology (Marine Biology)

PhD (ISCED 2011 level 8)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost 2750 € /year

Doctorate in Biology (taught in English)

The Doctoral Program in Biology has a duration of 4 years, corresponding to a total of 240 ECTS. The first year includes a curricular component (60 ECTS) structured in courses of advanced training modules in various thematic areas of the scientific field of biology, tutorial classes, training in management option in any scientific area and the beginning of the thesis component (10 ECTS). At the end of this first year PhD student will have to submit and publicly defend his doctoral plan, with the continuation of their dependent upon a positive evaluation studies of this presentation. Here is a second year with a tutorial component smaller than the 1st year (only 10 ECTS) and a research leading to the submission of a thesis (50 ECTS), which extends the 3rd and 4th years, with a weight of 60 ECTS each year, therefore, the argument corresponding to 3 years working full-time (180 ETCS). Thus, the three years that follow the 1st year are devoted to the development of research work, preparation of publications, thesis writing and defense of this evidence in public. The thesis must relate to original research in the field of Biology at the choice of the student, within one of the subject areas offered under the Advanced Courses: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; Ecotoxicology and Biology environmental, Marine Biology, Ecology and Tropical Biology; Cynegetic and Aquaculture Resources, Communication, Reporting and Biological Illustration, Biology and Applied Biosciences.

The flexible organization of the curricular component of Advanced Courses module allows the recognition of skills and knowledge gained in courses / training obtained in other Universities / Research Centres and Research, national or international, provided that such training is recognized by the Coordinating Committee of the Doctoral Program. The existence of a free option allows the PhD student to undertake training in any discipline / scientific area of their choice, this training may, if the PhD student 's option, be obtained in a sub - area of specialization in biology, whether or not one in which PhD student performs his thesis work.

The general objectives of the PhD program are:

    * A general understanding of the main branches of biology, and the ability to recognize their interactions.
    * The high quality training in a research environment demanding yet supported, with the participation of scientists of international standing .
    * Training in advanced methods and techniques of analysis and applied research in the field and laboratory.
    * Developing the capacity to seek and interpret complex scientific information.
    * The development of the ability to conduct original research and able to fulfill the process of peer review.
    * The development of the ability to conceptualise, design, implement and manage scientific research.
    * The development of the ability to interact with teams of interdisciplinary research in the identification and formulation of relevant scientific problems.
    * The development of the ability to find funding for the implementation of scientific edge.
    * The development of the ability to present ideas and the scientific specialist and non-specialist audiences results.
    * The acquisition of skills in entrepreneurship and self-employment area .

Sets of Advanced courses are offered in subject areas of Biology (Advanced Course in Molecular Genetics and Biology I and II, Advanced Course in Cellular Biology I and II, Advanced Course in Microbiology I and II, Advanced Course in Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management I and II, Advanced Course in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Biology I and II, Advanced Course in Marine Biology I and II, Advanced Course in Tropical Biology and Ecology I and II, Advanced Course in Cynegetic and Aquaculture Resources I and II, Advanced Course in Communication, Disclosure and Biological Illustration I and II, Advanced Course Biology and Applied Biosciences I and II). Students can attend an Advanced Course in an area I and II Advanced Course another subject area.

If they choose to make a homogeneous route , selecting two Advanced courses in the same subject area, this profile will be indicated in the Diploma Supplement.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management