To complete the Master or Ph.D. course, in addition to developing your research project, students shall attend the disciplines (with frequency and grade) until they complete the credits required by the program.
The Master’s or PhD degree is granted after fulfilling the requirements, including the defense and approval of the dissertation/thesis.
Please, read the academic information below, the general guidelines for students, the current legislation, the respective Regiments, and regulations of the graduate program, available on Policies and Guidelines. These guidelines are important to all students, in particular incoming and regular students.
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Allocation of special credits
A maximum of 10 (ten) credits may be granted – as special credits – for the master’s and doctoral courses, and 16 (sixteen) for the direct doctoral course, provided that the activities are carried out and proven in the period in which the student is regularly enrolled in the course, as follows:
For special credits, initially, the student shall verify which Regiment they are enrolled in. This information is available in the ”Student Sheet “in the Janus system (usually at the end of the 1st sheet).
The request must be made through the “Requirements” menu in the Janus system (Tutorial – online application-students), as shown below:
Special credits for students enrolled based on Res. n. 7493/2018 (new regulations)
Special credits for students enrolled based on Res. n. 6542/2013 (previous regulations)
Credits for disciplines studied as a non-degree student at USP or other institutions
Credits for disciplines studied in the master and available for the doctorate (USP)
Defense (general guidelines)
Deposit (general guidelines)
For complying with the deadlines and the requirements established in the regulations, the documents for the deposit of the dissertation/thesis (definitive version) must be sent to the program office, with the consent of the advisor, preferably 30 (thirty) days before the “deadline for the deposit” to allow timely confirmation and assessment by the CCP, before proceeding with the Digital Deposit.
If it is not possible to meet this deadline, the student must make the deposit – within 20 (twenty) days – following the provisions of the Circular Letter 002_2019PGNCCFMRP.
The student who does not make the “Digital deposit” within the deadline to be assessed by the competent bodies will be automatically disconnected from the course.
To assess the deposit, by the CCP and CPG, respectively, students shall check the meeting calendars.
After deposit assessment by CPG, the Graduate Service (SPG) will send an invitation to the members of the examining committee (by e-mail), as well as the dissertation/thesis and the opinion of the advisor (in pdf).
The student must check which Regiment they are enrolled in. This information is also available in the ”student file” in the Janus system (usually at the end of the 1st sheet).
New students from June 2019 and those who opted for the new regulations are enrolled based on Res. n. 7493/2018 and Res. n. 7739/2019 (new program regulation).
Students before June 2019 and those who did not opt for the new regiment are enrolled based on Res. n. 6542/2013 (Post-Graduation Regiment-previous USP) and Res. n. 7008/2014 (previous program regulation).
At http://cpg.fmrp.usp.br/alunos/defesas/deposito-digital the student will find essential information about the Defense process, for example, writing dissertations/theses, Digital deposit, corrected version, etc.
Deposit for students enrolled in the new regiment
The final work on the master’s course will be a traditional dissertation or a collection of papers.
In the doctoral course, the final work will be a thesis and a collection of papers.
The papers should be related to the student’s research project and presented in a single dissertation/thesis.
Dissertations/theses may be written and defended in Portuguese or English. All dissertations/theses must contain title, abstract and keywords in Portuguese and English.
Dissertations and theses written as a collection of papers may be written partially in Portuguese and English and – French or Spanish – upon request of the advisor and approval by the CCP.
To prepare dissertations and theses, follow the CPG guidelines available at: https://cpg.fmrp.usp.br/alunos/defesas/redacao-de-dissertacoesteses.
To organize the documents, we recommend the students to consult the checklist of the digital deposit.
Documents to be submitted:
Suggestion form for appointment of examining board -Regiment 7493-Master’s degree or suggestion form to appoint the examining board-Regiment 7493-doctorate;
Opinion of the advisor regarding the dissertation/thesis work, indicating that the student is suitable for defense;
Program Form -examining board nomination (MA and PhD), students enrolled in the new regiment CoPGr 7493, duly completed and signed by the advisor;
1 CD with digital files of the dissertation/thesis and the opinion of the advisor that the student is suitable for defense (in pdf), labeled as FMRP template (download here). Use a paper envelope to store CD;
Application form for the protection of dissertations and theses; if the student has an interest in protecting patents, copyrights and other rights, relating to their works (https://cpg.fmrp.usp.br/alunos/defesas/resguardo). In this case, the work will not be made available on the USP portal. The dissertation/thesis will be kept in reserved collection for the requested period, according to section III, Res. n. 7621/2019.
The request must be formalized through the “Requirements” menu in the Janus system, for assessment of the CCP and CPG, respectively (Tutorial – Online Requirements-Students).
Diploma (degree nomenclature)
Students of the master’s program must complete, among the credits in disciplines, a minimum of 8 (eight) mandatory credits among the following disciplines:
RNP5755-Topics in Scientific and Statistical Methodology (4 credits)
RNP5771-Neuroscience Research I (4 credits)
Students of the Doctoral or direct doctorate course must complete, among the credits in disciplines, a minimum of 12 (twelve) mandatory credits from the following disciplines:
RNP5755-Topics in Scientific and Statistical Methodology (4 credits)
RNP5771-Neuroscience Research I (4 credits)
* RNP5772-Neuroscience Research II (4 credits)
Students who attended the disciplines RNP5755 and RNP5771 in the master’s degree are exempt from studying them in the doctorate.
Exemption from attending disciplines
It is possible to request exemption from attending compulsory disciplines if the student has attended equivalent disciplines in other USP programs or higher education institutions.
The request must be sent to the program office for the CCP assessment through an “Application“ duly signed by the student and the advisor.
The request for equivalence of Master’s degree, for counting credits for the doctorate must be sent to the program office, through the form of equivalence of Master’s degree, duly completed and signed, with the following documents:
Copy of the Master Transcript
Copy of Master’s degree, with registration number;
Proof of course recognition (MEC/CAPES).
Master’s degree equivalence form
Enrollment in disciplines
With the USP number, the student should consult the advisor to define the disciplines to be taken. Subsequently, the student shall access Janus to make their pre-enrollment in the disciplines, provided that it is in the period established by the USP calendar, disclosed semiannually to students and advisors (usually at the beginning of January and July.
If the option is for not attending disciplines (even at the beginning of the course), the student must make the follow-up registration.
Some disciplines may be offered outside the USP calendar period. In these cases, the registration will be made through the semester registration form – follow-up and discipline) – regular student, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, duly completed and signed, provided that the discipline has not exceeded 25% of classes (maximum amount of absences allowed to the student).
The student may take discipline in other units of USP, provided that authorized by one of the responsible for the discipline, and the registration must be made through the form above, duly completed, signed, and sent to the Program Office.
Failure to enroll in two consecutive semesters will cause the student dismissal.
PAE/supervised internship in teaching
Extension of deadline for deposit
In exceptional cases, duly justified, it may be granted an extension of the deadline for submission of the dissertation/thesis – for a maximum period of 4 (four) months, for students enrolled in the New Regulations (Res. n. 7493/2018), and 120 days for those enrolled in the previous regulations (Res. n. 6542/2013).
The request must be formalized on the “Requirements” menu, in the Janus system, for the CCP and CPG assessment (Tutorial – Online Requirements-Students).
Extension of deadlines-Covid-19
Due to the pandemic, students may request the extension of deadlines, according to Res. 8082/2021, in the following cases:
I- language proficiency;
II-registration of qualifying exams;
III-deposits and defenses.
Students enrolled until December 31, 2020, may extend the deadlines by up to 720 (seven hundred and twenty) days, counted from their original deadline.
Students enrolled from January 1, 2021, may extend the deadlines by up to 360 (three hundred and sixty) days, counted from their original deadline.
The student who requested the extension based on CoPGr Official Letter, issued after March 17, 2020, may make a new request under this resolution, excluding the previously granted extension.
The student may make a single request for an extension, based on this Resolution, and must inform in the application the deadlines to be extended and the number of days.
The application form should be sent to the program office (for consideration by the competent bodies) three months before the deadline.
Please, read the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Annual Report of Student Activities (Former Regulation)
Annual Report of Student Activities (New regulation)
According to rules established in sections VII and VIII of the regulations, it is possible to transfer the master course to the direct doctorate course.
4 Direct Doctorate
VII.4.1 The direct Ph.D. students shall register for the qualifying exam within 30 (thirty) months after the term count and have completed at least 20 (twenty) credits in disciplines.
VII.4.2 The qualifying examination in the Direct Doctorate is carried out following the Doctorate norms.
1 Course transfer
1.1 The student may request, with the consent of the advisor, the change of Master’s course to the direct doctorate. The CPG will analyze the request based on the opinion issued by a rapporteur on the new research project and the academic performance of the student.
VIII.1.2 For the change from the Master’s to the Direct Doctorate, it is necessary to check the deadlines for the qualifying exam and the minimum credits required for qualification in the new course. If this deadline has already been exceeded or the minimum number of credits has not been met, the change will not be possible.
The request must be formalized through the “Requirements” menu in the Janus system (Tutorial – Online Requirements – Students).