Doctorate in Natural Resources


Doctorado en Ciencias de Recursos Naturales

Degree: Doctor / Master in Natural Resources
Duration: Four years of PhD. and two years of Master’s degree
Director: Dr. Francisco Matus.
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The main objective of the Doctoral Program in Natural Resources is to form professional researchers with a multidisciplinary vision in biology, microbiology, chemistry of soils and environment, vegetal physiology and nutrition, environmental chemistry and biotechnology, eco-chemistry of terrestrial and aquatic systems. At the moment, the Program has focused on bioprocesses for sustainable agriculture, biotechnology in agrinutritional production, management of residues, bioenergy and renewable energy sources as well as strong emphasis on metagenomics and metaproteomics.

Graduate profileThe graduates will have an integrative vision in the field of soil, water and vegetation biology, and its relation with the vegetal production, along with the conservation, prevention and bioremediation of the contaminated natural resources. The graduates will be able to conduct a research and join the academic community of the different universities in the country.

Admission requirements

Academic Degree or Professional Degree of: Graduate degree in Chemistry, Graduate degree in Biology, Graduate degree in Biochemistry, Agricultural Engineer, Forest Engineer, Civil Engineer specialization in Bioprocesses, Environmental Engineer or equivalent.

Program DescriptionThe Program corresponds 52 credits: 20 of subjects and 32 of the thesis. The students have the option to leave the program after completing their Master´s degree with 40 credits, out of which 20 credits correspond the thesis.

Level 1
• General training course I
• General training course II
• General training course III
• Bibliographic Seminary I

Level 2
• Specialization course I
• Specialization course II
• Bibliographic Seminary II

Level 3
• Qualification exam
• Doctoral Thesis Project

Levels 4-8
• Doctoral Thesis

Level 8
• Doctoral Degree Exam

Basic training courses• Instrumental Analysis Applied to the Environment
• Biostatistics
• Advanced Project Design and Evaluation

General training courses• Integrated Management of Natural Resources
• Biogeochemical cycles and the environment
• Evolutionary Foundations for the Exploitation and Sustainable Management of Biodiversity
• Research Unit Program
• Bibliographic Seminar I
• Bibliographic Seminar II / Research Unit

Specialization courses• Statistic analysis
• Applications of Bioinformatics in Microbiology
• Bioenergy
• Biochemistry and Stress Mechanisms in Plants
• Biochemistry and Microbiology of Soil and Water
• Nutrition Biotechnology
• Soil Conservation and the Environment
• Dynamics and Transformation of Xenobiotic Compounds in the Ecosystem
• Enzymes and the Environment
• Advanced Plant Physiology
• Organic-Clay Interaction
• Introduction to Entomology
• Management and Re-evaluation of Solid Waste
• Basic Molecular Biology Methods and Techniques
• Physicochemical Interphase Models
• Principles of Bioreactions Engineering
• Physiochemical Processes of Water Treatment
• Chemical and Biological Processes of the Rhizosphere
• Environmental Pesticide Chemistry
• Natural Products Chemistry
• Soil Chemistry and Environment
• Ecological Chemistry
• Plant Soil and Mineral Nutrition Relationship
• Applied Satellite Remote Sensing

Areas of investigation• Soil Biology and Microbiology
• Soil Physio-chemistry and Environment
• Nutrition and Plant Physiology
• Environmental Biotechnology and Chemistry
• Ecological Chemistry and Biological Control
• Soil conservation, carbon sequestration, bioremediation and ecosystem sustainability
• Agro-food Bioprocesses
• Agro-industrial Waste Management and Bioenergy