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 Doctoral Program in Agricultural Production Chains - from fork to farm​

The rationale of this proposal relies on the growing demand for sustainable food production and better quality food products implying chain production optimization of agricultural raw materials. The agri-food chain plays an important role in Europe’s economic, cultural and political life. Further challenges influencing the chain are climate change, sustainability of natural resources, need for stronger regulation (food safety, safe working conditions, etc.), ageing workforce, competition in global markets and competition between big chains and small holdings, new delivery methods, changing consumer demands, ethical concerns and knowledge-intensive technology. The energy sector (bio-fuel production) and rural development policies also have growing impact on the agri-food sector.

The focus of proposed Programme is to offer training in each aspect of the production value chain, improving knowledge and competitiveness, and bringing innovation into the sector.

Applications 2023/2024
​To apply for a Doctoral Programme, with a curricular component, you will have to apply online at the Academic Portal.


2024/2025

General


Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
ECTS:
240
Duration:
8 curricular semesters
Regime:
Daytime
Place:
Gualtar Campus, Braga (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Agrarian Sciences

Contacts


    School of Sciences
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: +351 253604390 Fax: +351 253604398
    E-Mail: cpedagogico@ecum.uminho.pt; sec@ecum.uminho.pt
    URL: http://www.ecum.uminho.pt

Description


The rationale of this proposal relies on the growing demand for sustainable food production and better quality food products implying chain production optimization of agricultural raw materials. The agri-food chain plays an important role in Europe’s economic, cultural and political life. Further challenges influencing the chain are climate change, sustainability of natural resources, need for stronger regulation (food safety, safe working conditions, etc.), ageing workforce, competition in global markets and competition between big chains and small
holdings, new delivery methods, changing consumer demands, ethical concerns and knowledge-intensive technology. The energy sector (bio-fuel production) and rural development policies also have growing impact on the agri-food sector.

The focus of proposed Programme is to offer training in each aspect of the production value chain, improving knowledge and competitiveness, and bringing innovation into the sector.

Access


20

Vacancies

3

Minimum

Access forms


Access to this cycle of studies requires an application, within the deadlines established for that purpose.

This information does not replace consultation of the Academic Regulations of the University of Minho and other official documents.

Formal requirements


1. Candidates must have a Master in Agronomical, Forestry, Biological, Biotechnological, Food or Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Enology, Geophysics or related field areas;
2. or Pre-Boulogne BSc in the above described areas;
3. Hold a scientific/academic curriculum that allows the Admission Committee (AC) to confirm the candidate ability to undertake this study cycle.
4. Candidates must be fluent English speakers.

The AC evaluates candidate’s CV, attributes a Final Mark to each applicant (0 to 5 points, accuracy to the thousandth), which is obtained as following: Curricular Evaluation (80%) and Interview (20%). Curricular Evaluation: Academic Training (40%), Scientific Training (40%), Other relevant Information and motivation letter (20%).

Aditional Information


Study Plan


Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 30
A Interpersonal Skills I PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Research Methodologies PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Seminar I PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Thesis Project PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Opção
A selecionar entre as UC oferecidas pela UTAD ou pela UMinho ou outro estabelecimento de ensino superior português. A seleção das UC optativas será sempre aprovada pela Direção do Doutoramento.
6
Advanced Oxidation Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment CT; PAA; BB 3
Advances in Plant Molecular Biology BB 6
Effects of Climate on Agricultural Production Chains CT; PAA 3
Oxidative Stress and Antioxidants BB 6
Techniques in Bioproductivity and Photosynthesis under Field Conditions PAA; BB 3
Year 1 2 3 4 186
QA Thesis PAA; BB; IndA 186
Year 2 12
A Interpersonal Skills II PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Seminar II PAA; BB; IndA 6
Year 3 12
A Interpersonal Skills III PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Seminar III PAA; BB; IndA 6

Assessment/Accreditation


A3ES Accreditation status:
Accredited
Resolution publication date:
16-11-2021
A3ES submited report:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Cr 159/2013/AL01
Registry Date:
11-11-2020
Accreditation validity:
30-07-2027