Curricular Structure

BIODIV is a 3rd cycle graduate programme that includes a curricular year, followed by three years of research corresponding to the PhD project and dissertation.

The programme thus develops over 4 years (8 semesters) accounting for a total of 240 ECTS.

BIODIV curricular year is structured upon a highly flexible system that enables students to design their own curricular profile, by choosing from a diversity of seminars and advanced courses, while keeping the general curricular structure that is established for all candidates.

During the curricular year, students are required to complete mandatory post-graduation courses:
  • i) Advanced Courses and Seminars Part I;
  • ii) Laboratory Rotation;
  • iii) Thesis Seminar,
  • IV) a number of credits that students can complete in accordance with their individual training needs, within optional courses or additional advanced seminars (Advanced Courses and Seminars Part II). 

This training methodology, focused on the specific needs of each student and a tutorial monitoring, ensures that the learning objectives for each module are achieved.


1st year
  • Seminars and advanced courses (Part I) - 10 ECTS
  • Thesis seminar (form project's development) - 10 ECTS
  • Lab Rotation (experimental work) - 10 ECTS
  • Seminars and Advanced courses (Part II) - 20 ECTS

nd year
  • Thesis - 60 ECTS

3th year
  • Thesis - 60 ECTS

4th year
  • Thesis - 60 ECTS

Total: 240 ECTS


Students are integrated in PhD research projects under specific themes to be selected during the first year of the programme in accordance with the students' interest and guided by the Directive Board.

BIODIV's Directive Board assures that the supervisors are active researchers with excellent productivity and with an history of advanced training experience.

BIODIV students can enroll in the ongoing projects in the research units with an extremely broad range of methods, theoretical approaches and applications (see further information at CIBIO-InBIO and cE3c).


In the first year of the Programme, students can take advantage of the logistic conditions available at both universities (Porto and Lisbon). During the following three years, students can use facilities and benefit from scientific expertise in different research units from both universities and from collaborations around the world.


The programme’s official language is English.