Academic Degree
General Objectives
Given the importance of agro-food chains in Europe's economic, cultural and political system, and given the challenges they face (e.g. climate change, the sustainability of natural resources, the need for greater regulation, ageing of the working population, competition in global markets), the 3rd Cycle of Studies leading to a PhD in Agricultural Production Chains (AgriChains) aims to fill a national gap with an innovative approach, offering training at each level of the production value chain and improving knowledge and competitiveness within the chain.
It is intended that doctoral students acquire specific training at each stage of the agricultural production process and have access to large companies in the sector and to consumer opinions, in a strategy of programmatic content integrated into the course itself and promotion of employment, through seminars, conferences and even internships and research projects in those companies.
With a view to internationalisation, AgriChains offers, in addition to a joint degree from UTAD and the University of Minho, the possibility for students to attend the University of Wageningen and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, both institutions with excellent reputations in research areas that develop the primary sector.
CNAEF Classification
Agricultural and Animal Production
(621) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
8 semesters
Other Information
The AgriChains PhD provides the personalized follow-up of each student. Once the doctoral candidate is selected for the program, he is given a tutor who provides personal and academic support and will also play a key role in selecting the doctoral dissertation supervisor.
The course also grants eight scholarships per year, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology that support, in addition to tuition, travel and stay in Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands.
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