Academic Degree
General Objectives
The PhD course is promoted by the Portuguese Universities consortium of University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) and University of Évora (UÉ), with a partnership of other national and international R&D partners and firms of the agribusiness sector. The main objective of this PhD course is to recognize and expand the knowledge base that will allow stakeholders to anticipate, understand and respond to the three strategic challenges that the agroforestry and food chains currently face: sustainable development; smart and inclusive growth; and the innovation that is critical to both processes being achieved. The provision of this course, delivered via consortia and (inter)national partnerships that integrate business and research institutions with extensive knowledge and experience of the target sector, provides a unique opportunity to promote and consolidate advanced education, research and development and innovation (R&D&I) associated with these key value chains. These partnerships will focus on well-defined and complementary areas of expertise and aim to develop the constant interaction between businesses and research units based on processes of collective learning and co-innovation.
CNAEF Classification
Business Sciences
(340) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
The classes of the course combine face-to-face in UTAD and UÉ and distance formats as e-learning and b-learning.
3 years (6 semesters). Candidates who successfully complete their PhD will receive a joint degree issued by all the universities in the consortium.
Career Opportunities
The course promotes career opportunities in the three strategic domains of sustainable, intelligent and inclusive growth in the agroforestry and food sector, in any type of agribusiness and in public or private for profit and non-profit organizations. The job opportunities are related with the competencies to be acquired in the scope of the course. That competencies are the following:
1) Understand, interpret and evaluate the complexity and diversity of the problems of agro-food and forestry organizations in the context of its global environment;
2) Apply conceptual and analytical tools of management, of an innovative nature, in pursuit of the promotion of sustainable organizations in this field;
3) Design, test, implement and/or evaluate strategies and models aimed at improving business competitiveness, strengthening social equity and the enhancement of responsible endogenous and natural resource use;
4) Anticipate future trends in the agroforestry and food value chains;
5) Design and develop research projects that generate innovative theoretical and empirical knowledge and solutions associated with sustainable growth of agroforestry and food chains, particularly to potential users in areas marked by population decline;
6) Identify and develop knowledge transfer processes that will build added value for the sector.
Admission Requirements
Admission process is organised at the Academic Services of the Host University (UTAD or UÉ). For admission to the PhD Course in Agribusiness & Sustainability, the applicant must:
- Either hold a master degree or legal equivalent; or
- Hold a first cycle (undergraduate) degree and, in addition, have an especially relevant academic, research or professional CV that is thematically related to the programme’s aims; and
- Have an academic, and/or research and/or professional CV that is thematically related to the programme’s aims, to the extent that the course’s Coordinating Committee is able to recognise it as proof of the applicant’s ability to complete the course of study.
Applications from candidates with professional experience in agroforestry and/or the food sector are especially welcome, in particular professionals from private and non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, public administration staff and similar professionals, among others.
Applicants are admitted to enrollment in the Course according to the established criteria proposed by the Course Coordinating Committee, and a favorable opinion from the competent body of the Host University, taking into account their academic, technical and scientific curriculum and motivation for the research (presented in the motivation letter that must accompany the application process). Candidates may be interviewed.
Selection And Ranking Criteria
Candidates for enrolment on the PhD course in Agribusiness and Sustainability are selected by the Scientific Council of the UTAD School of Human and Social Sciences, on a proposal from the Course Coordinating Committee, taking into consideration their academic, technical and scientific curriculum and their motivation for research (presented in the letter of motivation that must accompany the application process), with the following weighting:

(1) Academic qualifications: 50%.
— Qualification area: 50%
— Final classification: 50%.

(2) Curriculum analysis: 30%.
— Participation in research projects and activities: 30%.
— Scientific publications: 30%
— Communications in scientific events: 20%
— Professional experience in the course area or related areas: 20%.

(3) Motivation for the course: 20%
— Motivation and commitment to the course: 100%

Candidates may be interviewed.
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity