PhD in Pharmacy


The overall objective of the PhD Degree in Pharmacy at FFULisboa is to reflect research and innovation activities into tangible direct benefits for society, which include advanced qualification in the areas of medicines and its interaction with health, both in health promotion and in prevention of disease.

The PhD Degree in Pharmacy at FFULisboa focuses on translational research leading to the discovery of therapeutic targets and drug design, as well as pre-clinical development and drug safety assessment. This is a cycle of interdisciplinary studies and involving institutional and international cooperation promoted by a highly qualified faculty.

Main scientific area: Pharmacy
Branch of knowledge: Pharmacy


Study plan


8 semesters.
Curricular component: 1st and 2nd semester.
Elaboration of a PhD thesis: 3rd to 8th semester (including).


Summary version

Study plan published in the “Diário da República” (in portuguese)

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Study cycle accredited by the Higher Education Assessment and Accreditation Agency (A3ES) on 08/09/2023, under code ACEF/2122/0517947, for a period of 6 years, from 31/07/2022.



Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Food Science
Pharmacognosy and Ethnopharmacology
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Chemistry
Social Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Technology

Professional Opportunities

Academic and research institutions, university and research institutes, government agencies, clinical and hospital centers, pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology, among others. They can also create their own employment opportunities.

Advanced PhD Courses

PhD Advanced Courses 2021

Note: if authorized by the coordination of each course, the course may have external registrations, which have an associated fee:

  • Registration with evaluation: 125€
  • Registration without evaluation: 100€

The registration fee does not apply to students of the 1st year of the PhD in Pharmacy at FFUL.

Note: The courses may require a minimum number of registrants.

Tuition Fees

Full-time general student

  • National students

Anual Tuition fee: 2.750,00 €

  • International students

Anual Tuition fee: 2.750,00 €

Consult associated documentation



Final evaluation of the Doctoral Proposal (1st year)

The admission process to presentation and discussion of the doctoral proposal at the end of 1st year starts by the student’s request through an application to FFUL Scientific Council.

The presentation and discussion of the doctoral proposal consists in the discussion of the student‘s report, including evaluation of scientific quality of the thesis plan, oral communication and arguing skills.

How to submit the request
Send by email until 15 th of each month the following documentation at the Postgraduate Studies Office (

  • Application for admission to the Presentation and Discussion of the Doctoral Proposal;
  • Report in format PDF (the report should be structured as : introduction, table of contents, summary, specific aim, preliminary results, conclusions and references);

The cover and the title page must follow the corresponding template, including names and logos of the University of Lisbon and Faculty of Pharmacy, title and mention as Relatório do Curso de Doutoramento, student’s name, supervisor’s name(s) and year. There are no restrictions regarding format (font type and size or number of pages).

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Supervisor(s)’ statement about the evaluation of the PhD Course;
  • Jury proposal (including the name, category and institutional address of jury members).
    The jury is composed by the president (head of department), supervisor or co-supervisor and a main opponent.

Note: the student can only submit this request if he has no debts with FFULisboa.

Regulations and Dispatches

Regulations and Dispatches


Postgraduate Studies Office: