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Back Agricultural Production Chains - from fork to farm (Doctoral Program) 2018/2019


Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
8 curricular semesters
Gualtar Campus, Braga
Main Scientific area:
  • Agrarian Sciences


    School of Sciences
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: 253604390 Fax: 253604398


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.






Formal requirements

The admission criteria must be as flexible as possible to allow the admission of students from a vast spectrum of areas, not impeding the admission of candidates with strong potential for success.

Having an accredited graduation (BSc) is an absolute minimum requirement. Graduation, and other academic degrees and qualifications, must be properly certified and recognised by Portuguese Educational System.

Recommended requirements

Students with MSc in AFBBE sciences, or related fields, may be preferred over other candidates. Solid professional experience (eg, agro-food companies or agriculture SMEs), appropriately documented and attested, is welcome and may help overcome this criterion. As such,candidates without MSc might also be exceptionally admitted, providing they combine a high grade from a BSc and relevant professional experience in the programme’ field.

Intermediate to high skills in English language (oral and written) by the candidates, is also a minimum criterion for admission to the DP.

Application deadlines

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Aditional Information

Study Plan

Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 60
A Interpersonal Skills I CT; PAA; BB; IndA 6
A PhD Thesis PAA; BB; IndA 30
A Research Methodologies PAA; BB; IndA 6
A Seminar I CT; 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.
Advanced Oxidation Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment 6
Advances in Plant Molecular Biology 6
Effects of Climate on Agricultural Production Chains 6
Molecular Nutrition 6
Oxidative Stress and Oxidants 6
Plants in a Changing Environment: a Molecular Approach 6
Techniques in Bioproductivity and Photosynthesis under Field Conditions 6
Year 2 60
A Interpersonal Skills II CT; PAA; BB; IndA 6
A PhD Thesis PAA; BB; IndA 48
A Seminar II CT; PAA; BB; IndA 6
Year 3 60
A Interpersonal Skills III PAA; BB; IndA 6
A PhD Thesis PAA; BB; IndA 48
A Seminar III PAA; BB; IndA 6
Year 4 60
A PhD Thesis PAA; BB; IndA 60


A3ES Accreditation status:
Resolution publication date:
A3ES submited report:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Cr 159/2013
Registry Date:
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