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 Doctorate in Geology - Geoconservation, Environmental Geology and Geological Resources​​​

This programme has the overall objective to offer, in a research environment, training in advanced areas of Geology. In this context, the aim of this course is to train highly qualified human resources in the field of Geology and subjects of recognized interest for the development of research activities, theoretical or experimental, or use in areas of industry and services​.

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Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
6 curricular semesters
Gualtar Campus, Braga (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Geology


    School of Sciences
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: +351 253604390 Fax: +351 253604398


The cycle of studies leading to the degree of Doctor in Geology offers, in a research environment, training in advanced areas of Geology, such as geological resources, environmental geology and geoconservation. In this context, the study cycle aims to train highly qualified human resources in the area of ??Geology and in topics of recognized interest for the exercise of theoretical or experimental research activities, or of application in areas of industry and services.
The 3-year course has no curricular part, and the 180 ECTS credits correspond to the thesis. The individual work plan involves the development of experimental activities and may include the obligation to attend training activities, such as curricular units, seminars, conferences, among others. This plan takes into account the specific training of the student and the objectives to be achieved.
The course provides for the holding of an annual seminar for the presentation and discussion of activities carried out by students within the scope of their research.

Key learning outcomes

1. Acquire knowledge to promote scientific and technological advances in a knowledge-based society
2. Critically analyze and synthesize new and complex ideas
3. Interpret and equate scientific-technological problems and understand their economic and social relevance, building a critical view of knowledge and reality
4. Conceive, design and develop research, independently or in partnership, respecting standards of academic quality and integrity
5. Carry out research work with original results that contribute to expanding the frontiers of knowledge
6. Publish research works in specialized journals, with an arbitration system, with national and international circulation
7. Communicate adequately with the scientific community and society in general.

Access to higher education

This course confers the technical-scientific capacity to access post-doctoral courses.


Among other professional activities, there are some employability possibilities in the following areas:
- scientific research, in institutes and other scientific research entities, public and private;
- technological and industrial development, in particular in the fields of prospecting and mining research;
- technological development related to environmental assessment, remediation and monitoring, in public and private companies;
- social and cultural development, particularly related to new strategies for articulating sustainable development, nature conservation and nature tourism, in public and private entities.






Access forms

Through application. Applications open permanently.

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

Formal requirements

Candidates applying to this doctoral degree should fulfill one of the following conditions:
a) holders of master's degree in the domain of Geology or equivalent;
b) holders of master's degree in a scientific area considered relevant by the Scientific Council of the School of Sciences;
c) holders of a degree in Geology or other domain considered relevant, with an academic or scientific curriculum especially meaningful to be recognized by the Scientific Council of the School of Sciences as attesting the capacity to carry out the PhD;
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Council of the School of Sciences as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Recommended requirements

Hold a master's degree in Geology or a legal equivalente.

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Aditional Information

Study Plan

Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 2 3 180
TA Thesis GEOL 180


A3ES Accreditation status:
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R/A-Cr 57/2017
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