Doutoramento em Engenharia Informática

The PhD Program in Computer Science / Informatics of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa is a 3rd cycle graduate program proposed in the context of the European Union “Bologna Treaty” reformulations of higher education. Holders of the PhD degree are expected to find professional opportunities in fundamental research, or research and development (R&D) units, hosted in private or public institutions, in high tech companies, and in Universities for both teaching and research activities.

The main guidelines of our PhD program are the following ones:

  • Specialization based on a broad knowledge in Computer Science/Informatics
  • Learning in a research environment
  • Commitment to openness and internationalization
  • Enforcement of rigorous quality control and assessment procedures

Program Requirements

The PhD Program in Computer Science / Informática at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa confers the PhD Degree "in Informática" to any student that has successfully:

  • Completed the course requirements, depending on the the particular study plan.
  • Participated in supervised research activities, in the context of a formally organized research team.
  • Published and presented the results of his research at international meetings with peer reviewing.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, according to the usual scientific and academic standards.
  • Written and discussed a PhD thesis, an autonomous written monograph of scholar quality, which should present in an integrated way an original work in a specialized area of Computer Science / Informática.

Program Structure

The PhD Program in Computer Science / Informatics of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa has a typical duration of four years, following the European practice. The program is organized in three phases: the preparation phase, the research phase, and the dissertation writing phase. In the preparation phase, expected to span no more that 18 months, the student will possibly complete the PhD Course, depending on specific requirements selected so to satisfy a breadth of knowledge in CS areas.

By the end of the first year or first year and a half, the student, together with the candidate advisor, will prepare, submit, and orally present, in a public session, the “Doctoral Plan”. The Doctoral Plan motivates and justifies the intended research work, and should be complemented by a state-of-the-art survey on the scientific area. Both the Doctoral Plan, its presentation, and the student’s grades in the PhD Courses will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee in order to approve the transition of the student to the research phase. As a result of such approval, the Advisory Committee and the supervisor(s) will be formally appointed.

The student is then expected to continue his/her involvement in supervised research activities. After two years, the student may prepare and submit the “Thesis Proposal”.

The purpose of this document, that will be orally presented in a public seminar and formally reviewed and evaluated by the Scientific Committee, is to assess the maturity and results of the work already produced, and to determine whether the student will be able to produce the final written dissertation after another year of full-time work.

After the “Thesis Proposal” is approved the student may enter the final phase of the PhD Program, the dissertation writing phase. This final phase is not supposed to be exclusively dedicated to dissertation writing, so that the student is expected to extend or review results already produced as a result of the “Thesis Proposal”evaluation.

The duration of the research and dissertation writing phases may vary, the only constraint enforced is that a student will not be allowed to enroll in the program for more than 6 years. Following the Portuguese tradition, the PhD Program at UNL requires the written dissertation to be a coherent autonomous monograph. The thesis submission and evaluation procedure will then follow the existing Portuguese legislation.


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