The PhD student and the supervisors, together with the Thesis Committee with mentorship roles, identify the best career development plan for each student in the PhD in Pharmacy and in each speciality, including core and complementary training, research, seminars and mobility. Training activities are diverse and include frequency of courses, laboratory rotations, and seminars at FFULisboa or other organic units of ULisboa, as well as outside ULisboa in other universities or in pharma and biotech companies. Elective advanced core courses emphasize the integrative and translational aspects of discovery and development of medicines. Elective laboratory rotations promote well-defined research methods competencies. Seminars stimulate oral and written communication with peers. Complementary training in transferable skills is encouraged.
The courses and laboratory rotations involve training and complementary self-study, through academy and industry-supplied case studies in several themes such as: Biopharmaceuticals and Advanced Therapies; Biomarkers and Assay Development; Medicinal Chemistry; Advanced Drug Delivery; Non-clinical Efficacy and Safety; Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance; Regulation and Evaluation of Medicines; Entrepreneurship in Innovative Therapies. The modular arrangement of the doctoral course allows a particular subset of courses and laboratory rotations to be followed. Mobility is further stimulated through student’s attendance to complementary courses, covering soft skills such as technical writing and communication, leadership, time and resources management, partnerships and team work, scientific ethics, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer.