Pathology and Molecular Genetics


Total Estimated Investment

International Student 6000€ *4

CPLP Students 3300€ *4

European Student 2750€ *4


The Doctoral Programme in Pathology and Molecular Genetics is the response to the perceived need for advanced training in the area of molecular pathology and results from the evolution of previous master’s degrees, namely Molecular Medicine, Molecular Oncology and Oncology. The programme is aimed at young graduates with integrated master’s degrees in the area of health sciences interested in doing basic and translational research in the area of biology and in improving and acquiring new molecular diagnostic skills applied to biopathology and life sciences problems. The course will be organised in sequential modules and will run parallel to the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine and Oncology. In the first semester, there will be modules common to both courses, which will therefore be attended by students from both. The programme is organised by the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto (ICBAS) and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), in conjunction with two associated laboratories, the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (IPATIMUP) and the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology/Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBMC/INEB), and in collaboration with other higher education institutions, hospital institutions (Santo António Hospital, São João Hospital and Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto) and other public or private institutions dedicated to research and postgraduate studies in health sciences. Advanced scientific and professional training in the field of molecular pathology. Enables its students to lead and integrate scientific research projects and teams. It also provides skills for molecular diagnosis in the area of oncology, as well as in communicable diseases and other areas of health sciences.


The doctoral program aims to provide advanced training in Molecular and Cellular Biology applied to Health Sciences, as well as to endow the students with transversal skills in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, ethics, writing and scientific communication and project development. In the teaching component, students benefit from formative flexibility, allowing them to adapt to each individual’s PhD project. Students must spend a minimum of 6 months in an international institution (laboratory, hospital or industry), outside Portugal.

Admission Requirements

Graduates in Health Technologies, Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Microbiology, or holders of integrated master’s degrees in the areas of health sciences according to the rules of the Bologna Process are eligible to apply for the Programme.

Among other requirements, it is an absolute condition for the delivery and public defence of the thesis the integration of a minimum of 1 original article (full-length paper) in which the doctoral student is the 1st author, accepted or already published in an international journal of the speciality.

Fields of Specialization

The Program will focus especially on the scientific areas indicated below, encouraging the realization of interdisciplinary projects between two or more areas.

  • Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapies
  • Nanodiagnosis and Nanotherapy
  • Molecular and Cellular Biophysics and Computational Design of Biomolecules
  • Microbial Biotechnology

Professional Opportunities

BiotechHealth assures high-quality training to those aiming at a professional career in academic or industrial environment, facilitating the access to international research networks or health-oriented biotech companies.

Contact us

Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira,
228 4050-313 Porto