Program Structure

Among the activities of the students in the Postgraduate Research Program in Biological Sciences – Biochemistry (PPGBioq) are the courses offered by the course (elective activities), Departmental Seminars and Research Group Seminars (mandatory activities) – a minimum of 2 (two) credits for master’s students and 4 (four) for doctoral students.

Master’s students must, for course completion, total 12 (twelve) credits, pass the foreign language proficiency exam (English), and write and present the Master’s dissertation. Doctoral students must total 18 (eighteen) credits, pass the proficiency test in two foreign languages, one of which must be English and the other of the student’s preference, among Spanish, French, Italian and German, as well as present the Qualifying Exam – according to Resolution 001/2016, mentioned in article 31 of the Program’s Rules and Regulations, which deals with the Qualifying Exam, which follows below:

  • Doctoral candidates must take the Qualifying Examination within 18 to 24 months after enrollment in the PPGBioq;
  • The exam will consist of: a) a written document; and b) presentation and oral defense of the written document;
  • The written document must be presented in the form of a Report containing: the student’s admission date and expected date of defense; Abstract, Introduction, Objectives, Methodology and Results obtained so far in the report, Discussion and Prospects for concluding the thesis. The document must be delivered in printed and electronic form to the PPGBioq at least 15 days before the date of the presentation;


  • The doctoral student will be evaluated by a board consisting of two (2) members: a permanent advisor of PPGBioq (as rapporteur) and another member that may be a permanent advisor, collaborator or doctor from outside the PPGBioq. The panel must be suggested by the advisor and doctoral candidate, along with the submission of the document. Upon receipt of the written document, the reviewer will have up to 72 hours to evaluate the format of this document and communicate to the PPGBioq the approval or disapproval of this format.

Students (Master’s and Doctoral) who obtain a CAPES scholarship must, as a requirement of the funding agency, carry out a Teaching Internship.

Research Projects related to theses or dissertations carried out in this PPGBioq must be submitted for evaluation to the Postgraduate Committee, within sixty (60) days after registration (submission form available on this page).

Besides these, other activities carried out by students may accumulate credits after being analyzed by the Graduate Committee. Among these activities are:

  • Laboratory internships;
  • Courses taken in other Postgraduate programs at a Higher Education Institution (attach material containing the name of the Postgraduate Program which will offer the course/discipline, name of the course/discipline, course code, workload, number of credits, professor in charge).
  • Publication of a scientific article.

The number of credits granted will depend on the rapporteur’s evaluation and approval by the Graduate Studies Committee, and obeys the following rules:

  • Internships: number of credits according to the number of hours spent (maximum of 4 credits per internship);
  • Doctoral students may apply for the use of credits earned in the Master’s program, and must attach their transcripts;
  • Requests for the use of credits from these activities must be sent to the Graduate Committee with a form signed by the student, with the advisor’s consent, and accompanied by the appropriate supporting documents;
  • The students that have a co-supervisor must send to the Secretary the following documentation in order to be analyzed by the Postgraduate Commission: Advisor’s letter requesting the accreditation of the co-supervisor (if he is not a course advisor); co-supervisor’s acceptance letter and the student’s letter requesting the co-supervision. Master’s students may appoint a co-supervisor until the first year of their Master’s degree, and doctoral students until the second year of their course.

All students must submit an annual activity report, with their advisor’s acknowledgement. We emphasize that all the above-mentioned student requests must contain the supervisor’s acknowledgment.