Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Most recently concluded Ph.D. theses available in: http://www.uc.pt/fctuc/deec/deec_news/doutoramentos


The doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering corresponds to the 3rd cycle of studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The course is organized in five branches of specialization: Automation and Robotics, Computers and Electronics, Energy, Materials and Devices, and Telecommunications. The curriculum comprises two main parts. The first part (1st year) includes 5 curricular units, wherein 4 curricular units are optional, having 6 ECTS each, which are conditioned to the candidate’s branch of specialization, and 1 mandatory curricular unit having 36 ECTS, the Thesis Project. The second part (2nd and 3nd years) is devoted to the elaboration of the thesis, which corresponds to 120 ECTS.


The curriculum is available at

Thesis project

The Thesis Project consists of a monograph that should include, among other elements, a detailed survey of the state-of-the-art and work related to the research topic, the description of the problem(s) to be solved, and a research work plan. The thesis project will be evaluated through a public examination by a jury comprising at least three professors.

2nd and 3rd years

After being approved in the curricular units of the 1st year, including the Thesis Project, the candidate will carry out the research plan towards the elaboration of an original thesis. This research work will be supervised by a professor affiliated with FCTUC. The coordinator of the doctoral program can assist the candidate in defining his/her research topic and in finding a supervisor.


The thesis comprises 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS per year. The registration in the thesis curricular unit is conditioned to the approval of the candidate’s Thesis Project. The thesis will be evaluated by a committee appointed by proposal of the Scientific Commission, including professors affiliated with other universities.

List of Curricular Units

In the first part of the curriculum (1st year), the candidate chooses 4 curricular units, having 6 ECTS each, from the elective curricular units listed. However, the choice is conditioned by branches of specialization, and at least 3 of the curricular units chosen must be associated with the candidate’s branch of specialization. The complete list of curricular units is available HERE

Note: In each course edition, some of the curricular units may not be offered. Every year, the list of eligible curricular units is updated.

The choice of elective curricular units should be made with the advice of the supervisor, taking into account the training needs of the candidate and the research topic of the thesis.

A student with a particularly rich curriculum vitae, may solicit to the FCTUC Scientific Council the equivalency to curricular units of the doctoral program.

Access conditions

Holders of a master degree or a legally equivalent degree can apply for the doctoral program, as well as holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, recognized by the FCTUC Scientific Council as attesting the ability to be enrolled in the doctoral program.

The selection and ranking of candidates will be done mainly based on the academic, scientific and professional curriculum, in particular taking into account the adequacy of their training within 1st and 2nd cycles (or other pre-Bologna degree) to the requirements of the doctoral program.

Where deemed necessary, FCTUC Scientific Council can require candidates to supplement their basic training, with the approval in certain curricular units, in addition to those integrating the first part (1st year) of the doctoral program.


· Creation Dispatch of the doctoral course (DR, 2ª Série, Nr 52, 14th March 2007)

· Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra (Regulation Nr. 321/2013, Diário da República, 23rd August 2013)

· Regulation of FCTUC Doctoral Programs (2nd November 2010) (2-11-2010)


Applications take place in three different phases/periods throughout the year. Applications are made online through the following web page:( http://www.uc.pt/en/candidatos)