TropiKMan links natural and environmental sciences with management. The aim of the TropiKMan Programme is to give Ph.D. students in agrobiotechnology, health sciences and agribusiness and governance for developing an entrepreneurial attitude, it also provides an opportunity for inventors, innovators and businesses to showcase their inventive and innovative ideas, projects and processes to potential investors, mentors, government officials and the public. TropiKMan aims at bridging knowledge of several disciplines to tackle scientific problems in tropical regions with management perspective and train students with innovative and entrepreneurial attitudes. It is an opportunity for applicants to realize the potential commercial value of their knowledge, invention or innovation and contribute to the export and employment potential of the tropical regions.

Benefits of a Tropical Knowledge and Management

  • Diversify management base
  • Strengthen existing capacity and capability
  • Improve productivity
  • Maximise networking and innovation and
  • Position (Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, etc) as world leaders in tropical knowledge and innovation
  • Bring multiple benefits across a range of sectors: health, energy, etc
  • Build knowledge, training and skills facilitation – increasing the available skilled workforce

What a TropiKMan Ph.D. can expect:

  • Promote the capture and sharing of tropical knowledge across the world,
  • Support increased economic resilience and diversification
  • Improve innovation
  • Drive export of tropical knowledge and products, including natural resource management services, tropical health service delivery for remote areas, agriculture and agribusiness, and governance for development.
  • Drive tropical knowledge relationships across the regions
  • Delivery of tangible benefits from commercialization of products, ideas, knowledge, and concepts.

Program Structure

TropiKMan is organized in 4 years (240ECTS), awarding the Ph.D. title in Tropical Knowledge and Management, in 3 possible headings: Agribusiness and Governance for Development, Agrobiotechnology or Health Sciences.

In the 1st semester, students, to whom a coach is appointed, will take core interdisciplinary courses-REQUIRED COURSES (15ECTS), introducing the group to the DP context, and level their background, to be acquired in a modular structure, each module ending in with an evaluation. Still, in the first semester, students will tailor their DP with the coaches’ assistance, attending 6ECTS from NOVA DOCTORAL SCHOOL and 9ECTS from SPECIALIZATION COURSES-SC, the choice of the later leading to the Ph.D. specialization.


  • African Development Successes: history and prospect (3ECTS)
  • Science and Business for Development and North-South-South Triangular Cooperation (3ECTS)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (3ECTS)
  • Trends in Agronomics and Environment for Tropical Regions (3ECTS)
  • Agribusiness Economics and Management (3ECTS)

2. Nova Doctoral School (2ECTS/course)

  • Complementary and transferable activities to support personal and professional development
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Research ethics
  • Research skills development


We offer 3 different Specializations which of them have its own lists of courses suggested, and each accounting for 3 ECTS. Attendance of 9 ECTS from the intended specialization course’s list is mandatory to fulfill this part of the program. Beyond these, the students may attend additional specialization courses of their choice, which will be mentioned in the Diploma Supplement.

All NDS courses and at least 3 courses from Specialization Courses must be attended. It is possible to attend more, that being mentioned in the Diploma Supplement. To allow the students to tailor their academic diploma but guaranteeing the coherence of the courses, groups of SC are offered to be chosen by specialization:

  • Agribusiness and Governance for Development
  • Agrobiotechnology
  • Health Sciences

At the end of the 1st semester, coach and student will plan lab/group ROTATIONS (ROT) (20ECTS), starting at the 2nd semester. Heads of Research group from the IC will inform the EB of their availability to host ROTs and a list of available ROTs will be provided. Each student will visit at least 2 labs/groups during this period, for 2 months each. By the end of the 1st year, the student will choose a group and a topic for the Ph.D. PROJECT.

The onset of the 2nd year coincides with the start of the THESIS (180ECTS), which will take 3 years, and will be examined annually by the Thesis Advisory Committee, to evaluate achievements, verify the adequacy of the designed plan and remove bottlenecks. During the THESIS, students are urged to attend at least 12 seminars per year, attend and present their works at international conferences, and also publish their results in international journals with referees. Moreover, students must attend one NDS Annual Retreat(5ECTS), where they should present their Ph.D. project progresses. On DP end, a dissertation will be elaborated and discussed by a jury. The whole DP should be attended with full-time dedication.

Applications and Admissions

Who can apply

  • Highly motivated students from natural, environment, life, health, economics, management, and other sciences, from around the world, who want a collaborative environment to pursue their research on Agrobiotechnology, Health Sciences, ou Agribusiness and Governance for development, in Tropical or European countries, provided they fulfill minimum academic criteria.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to upgrade or extend their business to African countries and other tropical regions.
  • Professionals who wish to pursue careers involving triangular North-South-South cooperation and global development issues.
  • Overall, this program is of particular interest for candidates who seek to deepen their understanding of the specificities of tropical knowledge and management in the context of North-South and South-South relations.

Admission Criteria

Applications are selected on evidence of a proper degree of scholarly ability, motivation to complete a challenging academic program and consistent career objectives with the DP subject. Qualified students from any discipline may be considered for admission. In detail, the minimum academic/professional qualifications needed for a student to be enrolled in the program are:

a) A Bologna’s 2nd cycle degree from an accredited institution or legal equivalent

b) Proven English proficiency is mandatory

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
4 years
- per year. Fees may be reduced up to 90%, depending on the academic merit of the candidate. Academic merit is defined through analysis of performance relative to the program requirements for each year.
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