PhD in Biomedial Sciences


Duration: 4 years

Coordinator: Professor Nuno Eduardo Moura dos Santos da Costa Taveira


The PhD in Biomedical Sciences seeks to stimulate and enable the development of skills for graduates and masters in the field of biomedical sciences, covering the youngest, but also professionals already inserted in the labor market.

This program aims to achieve an advanced training of human resources and a very high scientific production of international level, which IUEM has increasingly presented, promoting a policy of knowledge transfer to society, based on research in an interconnection with the community.

This course of study aims at modern teaching based on the flexibility of building a personalized training, allowing the doctoral student to develop various personal and interpersonal skills in a technical and scientific context in biomedical sciences, with emphasis on Soft Skills.

Our doctoral program is based on a totally flexible structure, with no fixed teaching curricular units, allowing the doctoral student to reconcile with other interests. The program integrates a first year with a course of annual nature, called "Probatory Year" giving the doctoral candidate the possibility of completing a personalized initial training appropriate to their interests and needs according to their project. The teaching and / or advanced training components will be customized for each student and can be done in a single semester or during the 2 semesters of the 1st year, up to a maximum of 30 credits. The remaining 30 credits of the “Probatory Year” unit must include preparatory work (laboratory or otherwise) to support the launch of the Thesis.

At the end of the “Probatory Year” there will be a public proof of the presentation of the work developed, and it is essential to use this year to continue the studies.

From the 2nd year, the program integrates the elaboration of an original thesis specially prepared for this purpose, suitable to the vast branch of knowledge in Biomedical Sciences. It is an absolute requirement that the candidate submit at least two scientific articles as the first author in the thesis theme, published or accepted for publication in an Indexed Scientific Journal “ISI Web of Knowlege / Scopus”.

As a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at IUEM, students should not only aim for learning but also have a direct impact on the progression of research to the Society.

IUEM's doctoral program offers a solid foundation, both theoretical and practical, for candidates to be able to develop research projects in Biomedical Sciences. The program takes place in a vibrant environment and promotes the inclusion of candidates in research projects in line with CiiEM Thematic Areas:

1. Environmental Health - Aligned with the mission and objectives of the Egas Moniz Scientific Project - Higher Education Cooperative, CRL, namely to promote fundamental research applied in health sciences and methods and dissemination of the resulting scientific knowledge and innovations. The area closely follows the view of national health authorities, including the Directorate General of Health (DGS) on the relevance of environmental factors and lifestyles as determinants of human health.

2. Clinical Research in Dental Medicine - The thematic area supports the conduct of high quality social research with clinical impact and is in compliance with current regulations and legislation. It supports studies in its state-of-the-art clinical and laboratory services, and aims to provide clinical studies that are supported from conception to the promotion of best clinical practice independently. It is based on a strong network of international collaboration at both academic and industry levels.

3. Microbiology and Public Health - The thematic area has a strong core of microbiological knowledge ranging from fundamental and translational research to clinical trials. Areas of strength in basic research include microbial structure-function relationships, aspects of viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogenesis, and interaction of pathogens with the immune system. There is a history of research conducted at tropical medicine research units on the African continent. Emphasis is also placed on the cytotoxicity assays of various medical and dental materials, the study of biofilms formed by periodontal pathogenic microorganisms, including free-living and parasitic amoebae, and resistance to antibiotics in the environment and health care settings.

4. Forensic Sciences and Psychology - This area articulates four valences of the Egas Moniz Forensic and Psychological Sciences Laboratory - psychology, genetics, chemistry and document analysis and is divided into two major areas: the biological, chemical and computational sciences in forensic problems and the development of research work with scientific merit and social impact in the field of Psychology. In turn this second area is organized into two research groups: clinical and health psychology and forensic and criminal psychology.