PhD in Food Quality - PDQA


Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologia da Biomassa – DCTB



Professor Benilde Mendes (



Secretary: Lurdes Carvalho (Mrs)


Phone: (+351) 212 948 543



Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologia da Biomassa – DCTB

Others Departaments of FCT/UNL



To ensure the formation of researchers and professionals with high skills, able to work at company, universities and research centers in the fields of:

  • Quality on production processes of raw and processed products
  • Innovation on new products and improvement of current ones
  • Innovation on the processes of standardization and certification of products and systems
  • Improve technologies, processes and preventive measures awareness
  • Methodologies to seek the products valorization and the reduction of arising disorders
  • Sustainability of the processes with the national and international conjuncture
  • Consulting services in food quality
  • Promotion of the technological, social and cultural progress
  • To integrate teams of recognized merit at national, european and world levels


Course Structure

General issue: Food Quality

Type: PhD course (3rd cycle)

Credits: 180 ECTS

Diplomas: PhD Degree (180 ECTS – 6 semesters) or Advanced Studies Diploma (60 ECTS - 2 semesters)

Duration: 6 schoolar semesters (classes - 2 semesters; thesis - 4 semesters)


1st semester

Research Methodologies (3.0 ECTS)

Thesis Project I (12.0 ECTS

Option I* (6.0 ECTS)

Option II* (3.0 ECTS)

Advanced Food Quality** (6.0 ECTS)

Advanced Food toxicology** (6.0 ECTS)

(*Free choice; **Compulsory choice from one of them)


2nd semester

Research Seminaries (3.0 ECTS)

Thesis Project II (15.0 ECTS)

Option III* (6.0 ECTS)

Advanced Food Technology** (6.0 ECTS)

Management Systems for Food Quality** (6.0 ECTS)

(*Free choice; **Compulsory choice from one of them)


3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th semesters

Thesis (120 ECTS)


Timetable of classes

Under Tutorial system



EU and non-EU citizens with a Master Degree (or legal equivalent) or a Graduation in any field of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Exact Sciences or a legal equivalent, with a minimum of 240 ECTS.

Holders of an academic, scientific or professional CV, recognized by the PDQA Scientific Commission, as demonstrating ability to undertake the study cycle.


Schedule of Applications

Please, contact the Coordinator (Professor Benilde Mendes; email: or consult the following address:


Additional Information

or contact, please, Professor Benilde Mendes (