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Doctoral Program in Plant Biotechnology

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Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Biotechnology

schedule Duration

8 semesters

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01/03/2024 - 13/10/2024

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March 2025

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Daytime Program and On-Campus

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$3.800.000 (annually)

Program Description

Given its international character, the Doctoral Program in Plant Biotechnology will be taught in English, making it the first doctoral program with such a characteristic dependent on the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering and the Faculty of Biological Sciences Pontificia Universidad Católica. Students will be able to do their internships at the University of Bordeaux and will have the possibility of opting for a double degree with the University of Bordeaux. Students from the University of Bordeaux will also be received to carry out internships at our university.


Program accredited by CNA-Chile for three years until November 2022.

Program Objectives

The objective of the program is to train highly competent Doctoral Programs in the area of Plant Biotechnology, with a solid background in agronomic and biotechnological applications, able to address various problems of the agricultural and forestry sector of the country, proposing innovative solutions, as well as to disseminate in society their activities and knowledge associated with achieving the incorporation of new technologies for the improvement of plant species or production processes related to biological processes carried out in plants, algae, fungi, among others.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have advanced knowledge in Plant Biotechnology, with autonomy, critical capacity, and ethical responsibility to propose, develop and lead original research projects in plant natural resources, oriented to the search for solutions to social problems and optimizations in the Chilean agricultural and forestry sector. The Doctoral Program graduates of this program will also be able to lead projects and solve problems at an international level, which will be enhanced by obtaining a dual degree with the University of Bordeaux.

Research Areas

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  • Nutrition, Plant Development, and Metabolism
  • Stress response mechanisms
  • Plant-Pathogen Interaction
  • Plant breeding and conservation of plants and fruit trees.
  • Genomics, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics
  • Post-harvest and food biotechnology

Application Requirements

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  1. Application form (filled out and signed, in pdf format). Download the application form.
  2. Language certificate (English, ALTE3 level or equivalent)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professors who know the applicants, showing the applicants’ capabilities and limitations. These must be sent directly by the sponsors. Letters sent directly by applicants will not be received. Download the letter of recommendation template.
  4. Letter of intent and personal motivations. This must include motivations for plant biotechnology, the reasons why candidates are interested in entering this program, and a proposal for a relevant research topic (maximum two pages).
  5. In addition, the following documents are required:
  6. Certificate of degree or academic title
  7. Transcript certificate
  8. Curriculum vitae
  9. Ranking certificate
  10. After closing the applications, all applicants will be invited to an interview with the committee. This interview will be held in English and will include the presentation of a paper (given by the committee the day before) and a personal interview about the candidates’ interests.

Graduation Requirements

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  • Certify advanced proficiency in a second language.
  • Conduct a workshop on Ethics and Integrity in Research (CPD 0002).
  • Complete two cross-cutting skills workshops (acronym CPD).
  • To carry out a research internship abroad*.
  • Have a scientific article submitted, accepted, or published*.
  • To have carried out two annual follow-up activities*.

(*) The conditions and characteristics of these activities may vary according to the curriculum of each doctoral program. For more information, we recommend that you consult with your program director.

Academic Units


Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering

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