Doctoral students are required to take 46 credits. Mandatory courses are 22 credits (Doctoral Seminars I and II, Teaching course, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Fluid Mechanics I, Physical Hydrology, Water Quemistry). However, the programs council may revalidate credits from Master or Doctoral Studies, which are similar to those of PPGERHA, until a maximum of 18 credits. Â Further credits need to be taken out of the programs offered courses, or courses of other programs, approved by the supervisor, up to a maximum of 50% if outside PPGERHA.
The doctorate should conclude after a maximum of 48 months. The program encourages to spent part of the thesis works abroad (so called sandwich programs).
The program only accepts full-time students. However, exceptions can be made, well justified, and approved by the supervisor, for students who work in similar fields like those of the doctorate studies, but still requiring a minimum of 30h a week of enrollment.
The doctorate studies at PPGERHA are characterized by three qualification exams.
The objective of the first qualification exam (until the 18th month) is to verifiy if the candidate has potential to develop the planned thesis works. TheÂ exam consists of a written exam, as well as submitting and defending the dissertation proposal to the qualification committee, which consist of at least 4Â professors from the program, including the supervisor. All committee members automatically serve as members of the supervising committee of the student until the defense. The finalization of all credits is mandatory before qualifying. Â The written exam consists of 3 parts, elaborated by the commitee members, excluding the supervisor. Questions are related to the thesis proposal, to the taken course works, as well as questions which are considered to be relevant to the committee members. The duration of the written exam is 4 hours, where consultation of books and printed papers is allowed, but no access to internet or colleagues. The presentation (aprox. 30min.) and defense of the thesis proposal will usually take place a week after the written exam.
The objective of the the second qualification exam (until the 30ths month) is to verify the progress of the thesis project. The student is required to submit the preliminary thesis document, as well as the approval of a full article approved at least in a scientific congress, with co-authorship of the supervisor, and about the thesis works. The thesis documents needs to be presented (aprox. 30min.) by the student and approved by the committee, which is preferentially composed out of the committee from the first qualification exam.
The objective of the 3rd qualification exam (until 42 months) is toÂ verify the progress of the thesis project, and to decide whether the work can go to the final defense.Â The student is required to submit the pre-defense thesis document, as well as the approval of another full article approved at least in a scientific congress, with co-authorship of the supervisor, and about the thesis works.Â The thesis documents needs to be presented (aprox. 30min.) by the student and approved by the committee, which is preferentially composed out of the committee from the second qualification exam, plus an external professor.
The defense is required to occur before the 48th month. The student is required to submit the thesis document, as well as the proof of submission of a full article to aÂ highly ranked (Qualis A) scientific journal, with co-authorship of the supervisor, and about the thesis works.Â The committeeÂ is preferentially composed out of the committee from the third qualification exam, plus another external professor (outside UFPR).
For obtaining the doctoral degree certificate it is furthermore required to proof the publication of one full scientific article, in co-authorship with the supervisor, and about the dissertation topic. In addition, all students need to proof proficiency in english language.