Phd in Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Academic year




Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

2750.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

Marta Cristina Cardoso de Oliveira (marta.oliveira@dem.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

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

General Objectives of the Course
The PhD program in Mechanical Engineering was developed to take advantage of available UC resources in a set of subjects relevant to the scientific and educational valences of the course field. The Mechanical Engineering is one of the areas of knowledge more transverse to all technical- scientific activities assuming a predominant role in most industrial activities. The rational use of resources in harmony with the environmental balance and centering on human life of any development pose new challenges to humanity. A PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the versatility achieved by the multiplicity of areas of specialization certainly represents a strong contribution to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and technological applications. The two research centers existing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have a capital of resources and knowledge.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The 3rd cycle in Mechanical Engineering aims to provide students, possessing a Master's degree in Engineering or Science, advanced training in various scientific areas related to Mechanical Engineering. Upon completion of the course the student should be able to drive autonomously research work: set a theme, plan the work, use appropriate methodologies and disseminate results. The holder of a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering will be prepared to coordinate research and development teams in academic institutions or industrial laboratories.
Mode of Study
Full-time attendance
Access to Further Studies
Non Applicable.
Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program must have:
- A master's degree or legal equivalent;
- A bachelor's degree, having a relevant academic or scientific curriculum, recognized by the coordination of the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program and FCTUC scientific council, attesting the capacity to carry out the course.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
It is likely to be recognized prior learning to holders of a high quality academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the coordination of the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program and FCTUC scientific council, attesting the capacity to carry out the course.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law 74/2006 of 24 March, republished on June 25, 2008 as amended by Decree-Law No. 107/2008
Professional Goals
The Mechanical Engineering PhD’s will be prepared to work in practically all the industrial sectors, in services companies and in teaching and R&D institutes. They are prepared to execute several fuctions in the field of product conception, project, production, maintenance, industrial management and consulting. They can easily find jobs in practically all the economic sectors.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Full-time attendance.
Graduation Requirements

At the University of Coimbra, the Mechanical Engineering Doctorate program stipulates a first year of elective and mandatory courses, totaling 60 ECTS, plus a PhD dissertation corresponding to 120 ECTS.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
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  • 2014-10-30 a 2020-10-29
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