Strategy and aims

The main reasons for the creation of this programme are:

  • The wine sector in Portugal is highly relevant from social, cultural and economic perspectives representing 32% of the country’s agro-food exports.
  • The strong international competition and the increasing demands on quality and food safety, require human resources of the highest level to withstand and potentiate the competitiveness of the Portuguese wine sector.
  • Uniqueness in Portugal. Furthermore, the number of doctoral programmes dedicated to enology and viticulture in Europe is very scarce.

Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences):

  • Ability to conceive, design, adapt and perform original scientific research in enology and viticulture, in accordance with the requirements imposed by the highest standards of academic quality and integrity;
  • Ability to actively participate, when appropriate, on the transfer of technology and knowledge between the university and industry;
  • Explain the main mechanisms of chemical and biological transformations occurring in the grapevine and wine using multi-disciplinary knowledge;
  • Identify opportunities to improve processes and products
  • Ability to communicate with peers, academic community, industry and society in general about the areas in which they are experts.