Doctoral Programme in Medicine - 7th Edition

Roberto Palma dos Reis, MD, PhD

Clinical Research
Mental Health


The Bologna process has introduced a third cycle of studies aimed at training more qualified professio¬nals prepared to pursue an academic or clinical and research career, thus establishing a link between high standards in higher education, and clinical and scientific research.
The NOVA Medical School of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, offers a cycle of studies leading to the degree of PhD in Medicine based on the guiding principles of the Bologna process, namely to promote the development of knowledge through original research.

Taking advantage of the possibilities of creating new synergies in Health, the study cycle is linked to the following programmes:

  • International Master Degree in Mental Health Policy and Services, NOVA Medical School and the World Health Organization
  • NOVA Doctoral School

The main aim of the programme is to develop students able to do original research projects that include the following issues:
1. Understanding the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms, either the normal human body or of diseases or groups of diseases;
2. Develop and investigate cellular and animal models of human disease;
3. Study the mechanisms of diseases or groups of diseases;
4. Contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation;
5. Promote translational medicine through the development and application of new technologies for the benefit of patients;
6. Develop other technologies to promote better health care;
7. Promote the health of populations;
8. Study of epidemiological aspects of population health in general and some of its characteristics;
9. Develop interventions, programs, services and health policies

In order to obtain the PhD degree, students have to achieve:
35 ECTS - Curricular Units, 20 are mandatory
10 ECTS - Seminars
195 ECTS - Thesis

“Licenciatura” (Bachelor Degree), Master Degree or legal equivalent in Medicine.

During the PhD Course the students are required to complete 45 ECTS in the following scientific fields:
• Bioethics
• Biostatistics
• Clinical trials
• Epidemiology
• Genetics
• Global Health
• Introduction to Research
• Lab Research Skills (cell culture, animal models, cytometry, epigenetics, etc.)
• Mental Health
• Research Skills
• Translational Research

Seminars in:
• Ageing
• Chronic Diseases
• Inflammation
• Oncobiology

The selection process will take place in two steps. First, the board will analyse all applications and then select candidates to attend an interview, where CV, motivation and research
project / interests will be discussed. The selection of applicants for the interview will be based on the following criteria:

  • Curriculum Assessment (academic, scientific and professional) - CV’s will only be accepted in the proper template available at the website of the NOVA Medical School;
  • Motivation letter;
  • 2 Cover letters (from the Clinical Director or by someone of recognized merit in the scientific field);
  • Thesis idea / project (recommended)
  • Alignment with NOVA Medical School strategic plans (main research areas).

Duration: 8 semesters (6 semesters for medical trainee doctoral students covered by Ordinance 172/2008)
ECTS: 240
Start Date: October, 2015
Application deadline: September 11, 2015 (online)
Timetable: Doctoral Programme will take place mostly from Monday to Friday, from 6pm to 9pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. The modules that are simultaneous to other programs and the Laboratory Courses may take place at different timing.
The academic calendar will depend on courses selected by students
Numerus clauses: The Doctoral Programme will open with a maximum of 25 students.
Application: 51 €
Enrollment: 35 €
Annual Fees: 2 750 € *
Annual Fees for Former FCM students and current faculty: 15% discount
Venue: The Doctoral Programme will be held mainly at the NOVA Medical School
*This amount may vary, since it depends on the FCT fellowship amount, which is annually set.

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