Doctoral Program


The Region of La Araucanía is located in the central southern part of Chile. It covers an area of 31,842 km2 representing 4.2 % of the whole country. Its regional population is 869,535 inhabitants.

The Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO) is inserted in La Araucanía and is a public state university considered as one of the ten best higher education institutions in the country. At present, bioresources is the outstanding research line of this institution, representing the most relevant area for the regional development.

The university offers a Doctoral and Master´s Degree Program in Sciences of Natural Resources. This program trains researchers with high skills for solving problems associated with regional and domestic development in the degrading soil areas, water and environment preservation, bioenergy, green fuel production and agriculture-forestry sustainability. It focuses on using biotechnological processes which will generate new research lines of great impact in the future development and researching activities in the country.

The Program last four years for the doctorate and offers the option of magister after two years of study.

Program Objective

The Programme goal is to train researchers at the highest level with great ability to solve problems associated with regional and national (domestic) development at the field of degradation, soil, water and environmental conservation/preservation, and sustainability of agro-forestry production using biotechnological processes that will generate new research lines in our country of great future impact for the development (improvement) of I & D activity.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this program will attain an integrating vision in the fields of soil chemistry, soil biology, soil-water-plant relationship and their relation to plant production. They also will be trained in soil conservation, prevention and bioremediation of contaminated areas. They will be able to generate and maintain research lines dealing with bioenergy, thus they will be incorporated to the existing academic teams in the different Chilean universities.

Incorporation Requirements

Academic or Professional Degree of Chemistry Graduate, Biology Graduate, Biochemistry Graduate, Agronomic Engineer, Forestry Engineer, Civil Engineer and Bioprecesses and Environmental Engineer or equivalent degree.

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The program includes 52 credits in total: courses (20) and thesis (32).

The program has an optional exit of Magister with a total of 40 credits, corresponding 20 credits to the thesis.


Dr. Francisco Matus Baeza

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