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Sustainability Science

Sustainability Science

Doctoral Degree
Rectory / Inter-Schools
Joint Programmes 
Lisbon School of Architecture
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Pharmacy
School of Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty of Human Kinetics
Faculty of Psychology
Institute of Social Sciences
Institute of Education
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning
School of Agriculture
School of Social and Political Sciences
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
In collaboration 
IST Técnico Lisboa
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 115/2017
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The Universidade de Lisboa's Doctoral Degree in Sustainability Science focuses on the food production and consumption dimensions as the leading drivers of sustainability challenges.

It recognizes that understanding food systems and acting on the global food system are central instruments for sustainable development, requiring research on the interactions between ecology and socio-economy.

Considering this context, this programme was designed under the scope of the Food, Farming and Forestry College (F3).


The goal of this Doctoral Degree is to promote excellent and internationally competitive advanced training, transversely integrating solid and up-to-date knowledge for sustainable development.

The Study Cycle is oriented to provide human resources with tools to understand and respond to current and future challenges that are posed to sustainability and result from understanding the interactions between global, natural and social systems to create new solutions and innovative policies.

Career prospects 
This PhD aims at providing future professionals with Sustainability Science core skills and complementing active professionals with integrative knowledge. As a consequence of its multidisciplinary nature, it is addressed to professionals from various sectors, entrepreneurs, academics, consultants and decision makers from the public sector, the private sector and the civil society, namely: i) researchers, innovators in production, processing and marketing of agroforestry products; ii) managers, economists, consultants, food marketers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and decision-makers of the agroforestry, food and nutrition sectors; and iii) professionals working in food security, public health, diets and consumer behaviour, risk management, or value chains that preserve natural resources and the environment.

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
a) MSci holders or legal equivalent, in any area of knowledge;b) BSci Degree holders or legal equivalent, holders of a significant academic or scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting the capacity to accomplish the Study Cycle objectives;c) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the  Scientific Committee as attesting the capacity to accomplish the Study Cycle objectives.
Fee – 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative) 
Further Information: 
Classes headquartered at Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (Insituto para a Investigação Interdisciplinar).Faculty includes professors from 17 ULisboa's Schools to assure the interdisciplinarity mandatory to Sustainability Science. Immersive PhD course. Theses in accordance with alternative models: academic thesis in university environment, thesis in business environment or thesis in a professional work environment.

International Access

Fee - 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative)