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PhD candidates

Curricular Units ECTS
Optional curricular unit 1 (1st semester) 6
Optional curricular unit 2 (1st semester) 6
Optional curricular unit 3 (2nd semester) 6
Optional curricular unit 4 (2nd semester 6
Thesis Project 36

PhD candidates

Doctoral Program in Electrical and ComputerEngineering

The doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering corresponds to the 3rd cycle of studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering. It consists of a first part curriculum called "doctoral program" and a second part for the preparation of a thesis.

Study Plan

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Thesis project

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

2nd and 3rd years

After getting the approval on the curricular units and thesis project, the candidate will dedicate him/herself to the planned research work. This research work will be supervised by a professor at FCTUC. The choice of the supervisor is made by the candidate. The coordinator of the doctoral program can assist the candidate in defining his/her research topics and an finding a supervisor.


The Dissertation comprises 120 ECTS credits, 60 ECTS per year, the registration for Dissertation being conditioned to the approval of the Thesis Project. The candidate’s dissertation will be evaluated by a jury of several members, some from other universities, who will be appointed by the Scientific Commission.

List of Curricular Units

· Applications of Power Electronics

· Electronic Ceramics

· Data Codification and Security

· Image and Video Signal Compression

· Graphic Computation and three-dimensional Modelling

· Advanced Control of Power Converters

· Control of Electrical Drives

· Computer Controlled Systems

· Fault Diagnosis in Electromechatronic Systems

. Intelligent Control

· Programmable Electronic Devices

· Routing in Telecommunications Networks

· Dependability in Telecommunication Networks

· Photonics for Telecommunications

· Non-destructive Ultra-sonic Based Instrumentation, Devices and Techniques

· Energy Markets and Efficiency

· Metamaterials

· Methodologies of Mobile Robotics

· Maintenance Organisation and Management

· Organization and Management of Electrical Energy Systems

· Energy Planning and Sustainable Development

· Speech Processing

· Processing and Analysis of three-dimensional Images and Biosignals

· Signal Statistical Processing

· Haptic Control Project

· Robotics and Manipulation Project

· Medical Robotics Project

· Computer-aided Electromagnet-thermal Project

· Mobile Networks

· Semiconductor Oxide Gas Sensors

· Cognitive Vision Systems

· Autonomous Robotic Systems

· Cooperative Robotic Systems

· Non-destructive technique for Control, Characterization and Visualisation

· Advanced Topics of Operational Research

· Advanced Topics of Electrical Machines

· Unguided Optical Transmission

· Efficient Use of Energy in Buildings

· Video-Surveillance and Biometry

NOTE: In each edition of the course some of the curricular units may not be available; the list of available units is updated every year.

The choice of the 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, namely with a pre-Bologna Master, may solicit to the FCTUC Scientific Council the equivalency to curricular units of the doctoral program, and in some cases, it can be given equivalence to the complete doctoral course, excepting the Thesis Project.

Access conditions

For the doctoral program may apply holders of a master degree or a legal equivalent as well as holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, recognized by the FCTUC Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

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

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


Creation Dispatch of the 3rd cycle course in EEC (DR, 2ª Série, Nº 52, 14 de Março de 2007)

Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra (Regulamento nº 344/2010, Diário da República, II Série, de 12 de Abril de 2010) No. 344/2010

Regulation of FCTUC Doctoral Programs (2-11-2010)


Applications should be made online on the website of FCTUC, at https://inforestudante.fct.uc.pt/nonio/security/candidaturas.do.