The PhD Programme in Computer Science/Informatics is a 3rd cycle graduate programme proposed in the context of the European Union "Bologna Treaty" reformulations of higher education. This programme of doctoral studies is structured so as to offer students high quality training in research in both fundamental and applied areas of Computer Science and Computer Engineering.

The duration of the programme is typically 4 years, with one year of preparation followed by three years of research.

The main guidelines of our PhD programme are the following:

  • Specialisation built upon a broad knowledge in Computer Science/Informatics;
  • Learning in a research environment;
  • Commitment to openness and internationalisation of scientific research ;
  • Enforcement of rigorous quality control and assessment procedures.

During the Phd, the candidate will typically perform his/her research in the context of research projects of one of the two research centres of DI/FCT/UNL:

This will provide students with a lively research atmosphere, with regular seminars and national and international contacts.

The DI/FCT/UNL is also involved in two international PhD programmes:

Additionally, it is involved in the NICE coordinated PhD programmes initiative involving UNL, IST, FCUL and U. vora.

Professional Opportunities

Holders of the PhD degree are expected to find professional opportunities in institutions such as:

  • Companies that ground their competitive advantage in the added value provided by the advanced information and computing technology developed at their research and development (R&D) units;
  • Start up companies, that aim at deploying the results obtained by researchers in Universities and other Research Centres, namely during their Ph.D. studies, turning them into useful and differentiating technology;
  • Research Laboratories and Centres, both private and public, with the mission of promoting the advancement of both Applied and Basic Research in Computer Science and related areas;
  • Universities, Polytechnics and other higher studies institutions, which require Computer Science doctors, both for their teaching and research activities.