PhD Program in Bioengineering


Grants no longer offered by the MIT Portugal Program


The Bioengineering PhD program seeks to provide the highest quality graduate education, which is offered jointly by four Portuguese Universities, to prepare students to:

  • Master fundamental concepts of physical, chemical and biological engineering, computational systems, and medical technologies;
  • Understand the innovation path to translate academic research to practice;
  • Creatively solve complex problems and demonstrate innovative systems thinking;
  • Provide leadership in academia, industry, and government.

The PhD program will continue for 36–48 months past the 1st curricular year.

Research Areas

The following research thrust areas have been identified for collaborative Portuguese and MIT faculty and doctoral student research projects:

  • Bioprocess and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomedical Devices and Technologies: Hybrid Human - Machine Systems
  • Biosystems Innovation, Management and Policy


Mandatory courses:

  • Introduction to Technological Innovation
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Cell & Tissue Engineering
  • Computational Biosystems Science & Engineering
  • Laboratory rotations
  • Bio-innovation teams with seminar

Elective courses:

  • Biomedical Devices and Technologies
  • Nanobiotechnology and Biomaterials
  • Neuroscience: Molecular to Systems Neurobiology and Brain Diseases
  • Principles and Practice of Drug Development

Useful Files

Coordination at UMinho


UMinho Contacts
Department of Biological Engineering
University of Minho
Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga Portugal
Phone: (+351) 253 604 407
Fax: (+351) 253 604 429

See other doctoral courses (3rd cycle) here

List of Theses