The third cycle of studies, leading to the doctorate degree, follows two models:

  • The traditional "tutorial" model of research under the direct and individual orientation of one or sometimes two professors or researchers, in order to present and defend a thesis. Its duration is at least four semesters;
  • The new model, introduced in 2003/04, in which research is preceded by a curricular part: the PhD program. These PhDs with a program have a normal duration between six and eight semesters and confer between 180-240 ECTS credits.

The Faculty of Biotechnology was founded in 1984, more than 30 years ago. At ESB, a variety of university activities are carried out, with emphasis on Higher Education (Undergraduate, Master's, PhD and Postgraduate), Research and Development (fundamental and applied projects) and Extension to the secondary and tertiary sectors (provision of services, and continuing training).