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Doctorate in Business Innovation

Universidade de Aveiro
3 years
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
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Universidade de Aveiro

About this program

Doctorate in Business Innovation

The Doctorate in Business innovation (DBI) results from the request of a group of companies and the willingness of the University of Aveiro to offer an international postgraduate training at the doctoral level in a business environment, with a global vision and multi-year planning. The DBI should solve the problems and reinvent complex and multidisciplinary business processes.

The DBI's mission is to train the professionals in innovation and in their different business applications, promoting research with quality and international impact and providing to the industry with the tools to improve its competitiveness on a global scale.

DBI is a flexible, business context-adaptive program focused on applied results and personalized goals, dedicated to innovation and business. DBI promotes learning in a business environment, enhancing effective student skills. Students apply various methods as well as leadership skills and multidisciplinary teamwork in a doctoral level innovation project.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

1st Semester

  • Thesis Project Preparation
  • Seminar
  • Business and Innovation Strategies

2nd Semester

Thesis (1st year)

Year 2

Thesis (2nd Year)

Year 3

Thesis (3rd Year)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fees 2022/2023: 8500€/year

Career paths

With a genesis in excellence and scientific rigor based on the business and industrial context, DBI reinforces the link between the needs of the labor market, and above all, societal, and the various agents for innovation and research. An example of this is the growing relevance of the European Union University-Business Cooperation theme as a pillar for higher education institutions, which is fully addressed with and in a doctoral program involved in societal reality, promoting contextualized and applied innovation.

Notice that, in the DBI, teachers and researchers from diverse fields of science, such as engineering, technology, business science and design, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship, support and guide students to achieve useful business results. In this sense, theoretical learning will be directly linked to practical application.

The DBI will

  • (i) provide PhD students with advanced innovation training to be applied in a business environment, duly anchored on scientifically proven theoretical bases;
  • (ii) enable a match between the training provided by the course and the initial training of doctoral students through the areas of expertise to be developed in the thesis;
  • (iii) encourage specialized innovation training that values and promotes dialogue and interdisciplinary science;
  • (iv) foster a strong collaborative attitude among all those involved in the course as well as with other partners that may be added.

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Universidade de Aveiro

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Why study at Universidade de Aveiro

Why is Universidade de Aveiro the your next best step?

  • Teaching and research experiences of excellence: here in Aveiro, you will find some of the best teachers, known internationally for their field work, investigation methods and results and 20 research centers evaluated with incredible remark.
  • Intercultural environment: in a universe of over 90 nationalities, you can expect to see, feel and live cultures from all around the globe. Besides all the Intercultural events (more than 80 in 2019), you can count on a team fully dedicated to help you in any matters related to your studies and living abroad circumstances.
  • Learn for the future: it is a modern university, with excellent infrastructures to learn and to start developing your career today. The university’s interdisciplinary atmosphere is crucial for the growth of critical knowledge and to develop towards society.
  • Academic support: Universidade de Aveiro offers to its international students’ programs that allow them to get familiar with Portuguese language or level their knowledge on core subjects like Mathematics.
  • International cooperation and mobility: While studying in Aveiro, you can take advantage of numerous mobility programs that will take your education experience to a whole different level, while living in a new country, meeting new people and learning new skills. Universidade de Aveiro also has cooperation agreements with hundreds of international institutions.
  • Young and vibrant city: A medium sized city, with a low cost of life, capable of combining both amazing natural places, such as beaches, mountains and rivers and, at the same time, renowned innovation & tech events, projects and centers.

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Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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