PhD Program in Bioethics
The PhD in bioethics is based on the development of maturity and scientific capacity to investigate and produce science in an independent, responsible and original manner. For this reason, the curricular component of this advanced training course in Bioethics has as its motto "maximum freedom, maximum responsibility" whereby each student, having decided on their individual educational path, remains entirely responsible for this, while being able to count on the guidance of the coordinators of the respective courses.
To include the PhD students in the research dynamics of the Institute of Bioethics, supported by the Bioethics Research Centre (GIB), the doctoral program will commence with two preliminary sessions to integrate students into the GIB research groups.
The taught part of the PhD program(me) consists of six curricular units that correspond to the first two semesters:
- FUNDAMENTALS OF ETHICS AND BIOETHICS (FEB);
- PARADIGM RESEARCH IN BIOETHICS (PIB);
- QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY (MQUAL);
- QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGIES MQUANT);
- READINGS IN BIOETHICS (LB);
- RESEARCH TUTORIALS I (TI).
At the end of the taught course, students commence preparation of the dissertation, for which they are allowed four semesters, and which include RESEARCH TUTORIALS II AND III (TI).
The Research Tutorials unit consists of two general branches, corresponding to the research areas of the Bioethics Research Centre (GIB), and subdivided into five strands that comprise nineteen themes. To obtain the credits which correspond to this curriculum unit, students can choose 6 of these subjects, which require compulsory attendance. Each theme will only take place with a minimum of 30% of those enrolled.
The curriculum units FUNDAMENTALS OF ETHICS AND BIOETHICS and READINGS IN BIOETHICS will be evaluated individually at the end of the respective curriculum unit, through the preparation of a scientific paper, according to the rules laid down by the Scientific Council.
The final piece of work of the curriculum unit Research Tutorials must have the characteristics of a scientific paper for publication in an international journal with a panel of scientific referees, which assumes the application of knowledge acquired in the curricular units Research Paradigms in Bioethics, Qualitative Methodology and Quantitative Methodologies.
At the end of the first semester, students must submit their first proposal for their dissertation topic for consideration by the Scientific Council and approval of the proposed supervisor.
While promoting personal interest in the dissertation topics, these themes should preferably be related to the research areas of the Tutorial Research module and the list of supervisors provided by the Bioethics Research Centre (GIB) at the Institute of Bioethics.
At the end of the third semester students must submit the draft version of the article review.
At the end of the fourth semester, students should apply for the formal acceptance of the final draft version and proceed to hand in the review article.
The taught part of the PhD program must be completed by the end of the 4th semester of the program.
Prof. Doutor António B. Jácomo