Earth and Space Sciences

Doctoral Degree

Course Overview

This PhD program is aimed at original and autonomous research, which broadens the frontier of knowledge in the areas of Earth, Atmosphere and Space Sciences (CTAE), particularly in the domains: Climate, Variability and Climate Change; Turbulence and diffusion in the boundary layer; Air pollution and its effects; Weather Space and its influence on Earth's Climate; Observation, detection and monitoring techniques for the atmosphere and space; Paleoclimate and Geothermal; Geophysical Prospecting; Mineral resources; Mass and energy flows and environmental impacts; Seismology and seismic risk; Geodynamics, Active Tectonics and Tectonophysics; Image processing; Genesis and behavior of geological materials as actors and witnesses of a dynamic planet; Geological materials and influence on human societies. It also intends to develop capacities to conceive, design, adapt and carry out an investigation respecting the demands imposed by high standards of excellence, as well as mastering several techniques and tools for advanced analysis and data processing in CTAE. On the other hand, it aims for its students to master advanced numerical modeling and simulation techniques in CTAE and handle observational instrumentation and analysis and treatment of observed data. Students are also expected to be able to plan, collect and handle geophysical and geological data from the field and critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas in this branch of knowledge.
Organic Unit: Institute of Research and Advanced Training
Duration: 7 Semesters/196 ECTS credits (30 required in curricular units)
Language: Portuguese, English
Regime: Day classes
Specialization Areas:
  • Physics of Atmosphere and Climate
  • Geophysics
  • Geological Processes

Career Prospects

The offer of a third cycle in Earth and Space Sciences follows the second cycle in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (CTE) and the research that is being developed at the Institute of Earth Sciences (R&D unit of excellence evaluated and financed by FCT since 1993) and in the Physics and Geosciences Departments of the University of Évora. In the resulting 3rd cycle course, advanced knowledge will be provided in three areas of specialization, on the Earth, Atmosphere and Space subsystems and on the observation, monitoring and modeling methodologies of these subsystems, with a strong interdisciplinary potential in emerging domains from Natural Risks and Technological until the development of technologies with a wide application spectrum used in national (ex: LNEG, LNEC, IPMA) and international (ex: ESO, ESA) institutions. This proposal aims, on the one hand, to offer a more homogeneous advanced training in Earth and Space Sciences perfectly suited to the spirit of Bologna and, on the other hand, to better adapt to the high level of skills of this University in these fields. This advanced training allows you to be an expert, or unique expert consultant in areas such as: natural and technological risks (seismic, extreme meteorological and climatic phenomena, landslides, serious pollution) to support sectors such as spatial planning and urban and industrial planning, archaeological heritage, security and civil protection, among others.

Specific Entry Requirements

Master’s degree in suitable area of Earth and Space Sciences and relevant Curriculum Vitae in this area.

Access Routes and Applications

Students from EU countries
Initial Places: 10
International Students
Initial Places: 5

Study Plan

Tuition Fees

Annual Tuition Fees

Students from EU countries
1250 €
International Students
2500 €
International Students with Merit Scholarships
1250 €
International Students with Cooperation and Development Grants
1450 €

Course Department


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Contact Information

Director: Maria João Costa []

Academic Manager: Vitória dos Anjos Bonito Guiomar
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