PhD on Steel and Composite Construction

General Objectives of the Course

This course of studies aims to provide doctoral students, both domestic and international, with:
- A solid institutional framework, methodology and advanced scientific training in Steel and Composite Construction;
- Ability to carry out high-quality scientific work and integrate it in the relevant international networks of knowledge;
- Close collaboration between research centers of excellence in this area, with industry and professional organizations;
- Not only theoretical training and development of advanced knowledge in this area, but also knowledge that can be augmented through networking and transferred to the industry.
Curricular structure
The Doctoral Program in Steel and Composite Construction includes a course-based component - with 60 ECTS, the preparation of a thesis project with 30 ECTS, and the development of an original PhD thesis with 90 ECTS.

Admission Requirements

Legal requirements
1. All applicants must meet the rules on access qualifications set forth in Article 4 of the Regulations for PhD of the University of Coimbra (RDUC). According to RDUC, the following candidates can apply for Doctoral Programs:
a) Holders of master's degree or legal equivalent;
b) Assistant Professors who have passed the pedagogical aptitude and scientific capacity test;
c) Holders of a bachelor’s degree, with an academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of FCTUC;
d) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of FCTUC
2 - The recognition referred to in paragraphs c) and d) of paragraph 1 only allows access to the course of studies leading to a doctoral degree, and does not confer on its holder the equivalence of the degree of bachelor or master, or its recognition.
Selection criteria and ranking
1 - The selection and ranking of candidates aims to maximize the chances of success in the Doctoral Program for which students are selected. Selection may be based, among others, on the following elements:
a) Academic and professional curriculum;
b) Adequacy of 1st and 2nd cycle studies to the requirements of the 3rd cycle course in question;
c) Statement of intent and motivation;
d) References;
e) Knowledge and skills assessment tests;
f) Interview.
2 - The selection and ranking of candidates is carried out by the coordination of the PhD program.
3 - The ranking is performed according to the formula C=3a+1b+1c+2d+0e+3f (ranking criteria listed above, rated from 0 to 10, with C varying from 0 to 100).
4 - After the selection process, candidates may be placed not admitted and put on a waiting list. The acceptance of candidates may be unconditional, in which case it only depends on the will of the candidate to complete enrollment in the PhD program in question, or conditioned as in subject to successfully completion of specific courses by the candidate, in which case the candidate may only enroll if success is achieved before the start of the PhD program. The inclusion of a candidate on the waiting list (which can occur even when there is no limit of places) may be subject to identical conditions.

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

Professional Goals

i) Performance of duties in the construction sub-sector related to the design, production, implementation, supervision and management of construction with steel and composite structures;
ii) Participation and coordination of scientific research projects in the area;
iii) Teaching in Higher Education Institutions.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered on a daytime schedule: Friday and Saturday morning.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Course Coordinator(s)

Aldina Maria da Cruz Santiago

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Paulo Jorge Rodrigues Amado Mendes

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition is given to courses of the same degree obtained in similar areas and in renowned schools.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive the degree, students must achieve the minimum of 180 ECTS, which are obtained through curricular units and the preparation and public defence of an original thesis.

Access to Further Studies

PhD in Steel and Composite Construction gives access to Posdoctoral degree in the same area of study.

Study Programme

PhD in Steel and Composite Construction

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5612

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2018-07-31 a 2024-07-31
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