loading...

PhD in Fire Safety Engineering

Department of the Civil Engineering

open website other courses
Academic year

2017-2018

DGES Code

5737

Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded

Doutor

Duration

6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits

180.0

Annual Fee

2750.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

João Paulo Correia Rodrigues (jpaulocr@dec.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Paulo Jorge Rodrigues Amado Mendes (pamendes@dec.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The creation of a PhD program in the Fire Safety Engineering, provided by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra in collaboration with the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (NLCE), aims to provide doctoral students and national, or foreign, a solid institutional framework, methodological and scientific training in advanced fire safety for buildings that can enable them to carry out quality scientific work and integrate them into international networks of knowledge. This PhD program, supporting the above principles, is an advanced training at the highest level following the Master in Urban Fire Safety of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) done in collaboration with the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (NLCE). In addition to this collaboration with great meaning, the teachers involved in conducting this doctoral program, have contacts in some of the best universities in the world and a vast experience of joint work and collaboration at the level of participation in courses and conferences. Also with governments and companies directly involved in the sector of fire safety of buildings there is a large transfer experience to know not only the level of development of advanced studies and training, particularly in the field of regulation in the area. The PhD in Fire Safety Engineering has a minimum duration of three years. According to the Rules of PhD at the University of Coimbra, this period may extend up to a maximum of five years. The structure of the PhD is the following:
1st year - two semesters with 30 ECTS each. In the first half are met three compulsory courses, 6 ECTS each, plus two optional courses chosen from two groups of subjects available for the course, 6 ECTS each. In the second half will be served a compulsory course, 30 ECTS (Project of Thesis).
2nd year - Dedicated to the work to dissertation.
3rd year - Dedicated to the work leading to the dissertation and its preparation.
The discipline of Project of Thesis corresponds to the preliminary survey work on the development opportunities that are offered within the subject area developed, which may include conducting small training periods (typically up to one month) in companies or research institutions, national or that can provide a foreign frame of reference for matters which are to be dealt with during the research phase.
Mode of Study
Daytime schedule
Access to Further Studies
May apply to the PhD Program:
- The holders of a master's degree or equivalent qualifications;
- The holders of a degree and an academic or scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Council of FCTUC, proposed by the Scientific Committee of the DEC, as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
- Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum who is recognized by the Scientific Council FCTUC, proposed by the Scientific Committee of the DEC, as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
Where deemed necessary, could the Scientific Council of FCTUC, proposed by the Scientific Committee of the DEC, requiring candidates to supplement their basic training, approval of courses, in addition to integrating the academic part of the PhD course.
Admission Requirements

May apply to the PhD Program:
- The holders of a master's degree or equivalent qualifications;
- The holders of a degree and an academic or scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Council of FCTUC, proposed by the Scientific Committee of the DEC, as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
- Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum who is recognized by the Scientific Council FCTUC, proposed by the Scientific Committee of the DEC, as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
Where deemed necessary, could the Scientific Council of FCTUC, proposed by the Scientific Committee of the DEC, requiring candidates to supplement their basic training, approval of courses, in addition to integrating the academic part of the PhD course.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
The students who have successfully completed the master's degree in Urban Fire Safety will have equivalence to the 3 compulsory disciplines of the 1st semester of the 1st year of the Doctoral Program.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
DL74/2006 of 24 March, republished on June 25, 2008 as amended by DL No. 107/2008, and pursuant to DL42/2005 paragraphs 22 February,-C/2006 10543/2005 and 7287, on May 11 and March 31.
Professional Goals
Teachers in higher education, Researchers, technicians of the National Authority for Civil Defence, technicians of the companies, other.
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.
Graduation Requirements

The cycle of studies proposed here is oriented to give the degree of Doctor, to those demonstrate:
- Ability to systematically understand a scientific field of study;
- Competencies, skills and research methods associated with a scientific field;
- Ability to conceive, design, adapt and perform a significant research respecting the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
- Have completed a significant set of original research works that has contributed to extending the frontiers of knowledge, some of which deserves the publication in national or international publications with selection committee;
- Be able to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
- Be able to communicate with their peers, the academic community and society at large over the area of specialization;
- Be able to, in a knowledge-based society, to promote the academic or professional qualification, technological progress, social or cultural.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
Accreditations
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2013-09-26 a 2019-09-25
R/A-Ef 3429/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2011-03-18