PhD in Information Science

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD in Information Science aims to:
- Encourage reflection about Information Science with a solid theoretical base and in connection with other knowledge;
- Develop projects of rigorous research and high autonomy and ability to execute;
- To train for the eventual academic positions in higher education and a non-academic high level;
- Provide a broad reflection on the role of information science in said knowledge and information areas;
- Expand the education acquired in the 2nd cycle and introduce doctoral students to the practices of high-level research;
- Encourage contact with top national and international researchers.

Admission Requirements

a) The holder of a master's degree or equivalent;
b) Holders of a bachelor's degree, possession of a relevant academic resume recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the ability to successfully complete this cycle of studies;
c) Holders of an academic or professional resume recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the ability successfully complete this cycle of studies.
The recognition referred to in points b) and c) above only allow access to the study cycle leading to a PhD, and does not confer the equivalence of a bachelor's or master's degree, or the recognition of same.

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

Professional Goals

Students will develop skills for careers in teaching and research in the field of information science, as well as for the provision of specialized services to high-level public and private institutions or at the corporate level.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

PhD students involved in this program must demonstrate skills and possess strong, high level and systematized domain knowledge for:
a) understanding key issues and research methods in the field of Information Science and related and emerging issues;
b) design, project development, adaptation and completion of significant research following the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
c) production of research that merits national or international peer reviewed publications in scientific journals;
d) critique, synthesis and evaluation of new ideas and complex analysis;
e) communication with peers, the academic community and society in general in the field of specialization;
f) promotion of scientific, technological, social or cultural progress in an academic or professional context.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Manuel Lopes de Figueiredo Costa Marques Borges

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Beatriz Pinto de Sá Moscoso Marques

Recognition of Prior Learning

According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 240 ECTS which also includes the public defense of an original dissertation.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research.

Study Programme

Information Science

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5924

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1425.0


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
2015-05-18 a 2021-05-17
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior