Occupational Safety and Health

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Medical Research Centre - FMUP
Medical Research Centre - FMUP

A pluridisciplinar PhD program

The curricular structure of the Doctoral Program in Occupational Safety and Health (DemSSO) has been designed to become an important contribution for the solution of one of the great problems that Portugal and other countries face: the lack of occupational safety and health conditions for all. The goal is to improve the quality of life and equal opportunities, as much as possible, for every citizen, having or not special needs. 
The economic relevance of this problem is clear when we see the costs of accidents and professional diseases. In Portugal and in many other countries it corresponds to around 2 to 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP). 
Lost lives, physical and psychological traumas and familiar, social and other human costs are incommensurable. 
The lack of ergonomic conditions, architectonic barriers and other obstacles to mobility are also factors that strongly affect the quality of life, health and safety of many citizens, namely aged people, people with reduced mobility, children and other people with limitations and dependencies. 
Occupational safety and health is a strongly interdisciplinary area. Taking that into consideration the teaching body is formed by 50 professors of thirteen of the fourteen faculties of the University of Porto (FAUP, FADEUP, FBAUP, FCUP, FCNAUP, FDUP, FEUP, FFUP, FLUP, FMUP, FMDUP, FPCEUP, ICBAS). This means that students can do PhD thesis in many different fields. THESIS

An open vision of the area of occupational safety and health 

The vision behind this doctoral program is not restricted to the labouring problems and to the directly productive citizens. The scope of the program is very inclusive: it includes the problems of everyone in any situation, either workers or users or visitors. It is related and concerns to everyone. Children, young and aged people, unemployed and retired persons are not excluded.

Administration: FMUP
Coordinator: Olívia Pinho

Holding a graduation of 300 ECTS (integrated master or 1st cycle + 2nd cycle, or equivalent) and 70% of the maximum grade in the home school / country in any area of knowledge. Cases of applicants who have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as attesting to their ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the scientific committee of DemSSO will be analysed individually. In the 1st and 2nd phases, only applicants with a ranking grade equal to, or higher than, 14 (out of 20) will be admitted.
Language: English
Accreditation: 180 ECTS

Ordinary students: 3000 €/yr (full time) or 1800 €/yr (partial time); International students: 3000 €/yr (full time) or 1800 €/yr (partial time); Internationatial students (CPLP): 3000 €/yr (full time) or 1800 €/yr (partial time).

Positions 2018/19: 40

Tuition & financial support
Not applicable

Application deadline
1st phase: Dec 11th, 2017 to Jan 17th, 2018
2nd phase: Jan 18th to May 4th, 2018
3rd phase: May 7th to Aug 6th, 2018
4th phase: 26 Oct 18 - 26 Nov 18
Starting date
September 2018 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stage candidates. February 2019 for 4th phase candidates.

Tutorial guidande scheme for most curricular units. The timetable of the curricular units that work in tutorial guidance scheme are combined between the student and the teacher of the curricular unit. The hours of the curricular units that work in presential learning (Multidisciplinary Seminars and Thematic Seminar) tend to be after work hours. The optional curricular units, because they are the candidate's choice, may be during work hours.

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