Doctoral Program on Advanced Materials and Processing

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Entidade s parceira s : Universidade da Beira Interior, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade do Minho

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Academic year




Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

2750.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula da Fonseca Piedade (ana.piedade@dem.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Fernando Jorge Ventura Antunes (fernando.ventura@dem.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Seventy per cent of all technical innovations are directly or indirectly linked to materials. This percentage has been increasing since 1970 and is forecast to continue increasing steadily until 2030. Advanced Materials have been identified by the European Commission as one of the five Key Enabling Technologies.
The doctoral program proposed on Advanced Materials and Processing is in-line with this reality, offering a widely interdisciplinary 3rd Cycle, built from the competence and experience of the research institutions and academic departments involved.
The program is tuned with high ranking European Universities, Institutes and running European PhD network programs, turning so the graduates more competitive worldwide and in particular in Europe, besides opening routes of R&D collaboration of the personnel involved, strengthen so Portuguese competitiveness towards European R&D projects and networking.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
• Argument well-grounded in the most current scientific knowledge.
• Conscious attitude on issues of ethics and social science.
• Proactive attitude in knowledge transfer 'from laboratory to industry'.
• Responsible attitude on issues of sustainable applications of materials and associated technologies.
• Good joint working, group work / individual initiatives.
• Good planning, execution and analysis of experimental work.
• Advanced knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering.
• Habit of keeping track of the frontiers of knowledge.
• Implementation of innovative solutions to complex problems in Materials Engineering.
• Integrated and critique view of Science and Engineering materials and their applications.
• Dominance of the methods and ability to perform research.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

The target population will be graduates in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, namely Materials Engineering, and related areas
Applicants to the program must satisfy admission requirements of the institutions involved, whose rules are announced during the recruitment process, where the program is offered to National and International students that have already concluded a master course, or legal equivalent, in sciences or engineering, or equivalent to it.
Applicants may not possess the Master degree as long as they obey to the conditions imposed by the article 30, point 1, of D.L. nº 74/2006, of March 24th.
As we aim to select the best students, the main criteria will be to select for interview recent graduate students (less than 2 years after concluding their Master degree) with final course marks above 14/20.The students will be selected and ranked according to their academic, scientific and technical curriculum, experience in the area of the program, English skills and an interview.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law n. º 74/2006, of 24 March, in its present redaction.
Graduation Requirements

The plan of studies includes a doctoral course with 30 ECTS, the delivery of a “Thesis Project” and its public presentation, to which corresponds 12 ECTS and a Thesis with 198 ECTS.

Study Programme
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2013-12-17 a 2019-12-16
R/A-Cr 161/2013 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior