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Registration for PhD Courses

Is the registration annual?

Yes, even when there is only a registration for the Thesis. In order to have a bond to the UC and a PhD course, the registration in the beginning of each academic year is mandatory. Only under these conditions a PhD student may benefit from the resources of the UC and the supervision of his/her thesis’ works.

What are the registration deadlines?

The usual registration deadline in 2019/2020 is the same for all the students in the UC who registered in the previous academic year (2018/2019): from 22nd August to 15th September 2019. Nonetheless, there may be PhD courses with specific characteristics which may imply other deadlines. Thus you should check the notice on the main webpage concerning registrations with different deadlines »

Where do I register?

All the academic procedures, including the registration to attend classes in the academic year, are carried out at InforEstudante. The system recognizes the registration as being on a full time or part time basis, asking the PhD student to confirm and accept his/her registration on that basis.

What are my registration options?

The registration may be annual or semestral, and within each, you may choose between the full time or the part time registration in accordance with the following table:
Registration RegimeRegistration Conditions
 % of Fees
Full timeAnnual
  • Registration for more than 30ECTS, up to the registration limits established for the course.
  • Registration for annual curricular units, 1st and 2nd semester.
100%
 Semestral
  • Registration for more than 15ECTS, up to half of the limits of the full time registration.
  • Registration only for the 1st or for the 2nd semester.
50%
Part timeAnnual
  • Registration for <=30ECTS
  • Registration for annual curricular units, 1st and 2nd semester.
60%
 Semestral
  • Registration for <=15ECTS
  • Registration only for the 1st or for the 2nd semester.
30%

What is the maximum number of ECTS I can register for, on a part time basis?

In accordance with no. 2 of Article 16 from the Academic Regulation, the registration on a part time basis is subject to the registration for curricular units, including the thesis, that account for:

  • in the academic year, up to and including 30 ECTS; in the semester up to and including 15 ECTS

What is a multiannual unit?

The Thesis is usually a multiannual curricular unit, that is, a unit whose activity covers more than an academic year. Typically, it ranges from 120 ECTS (2 academic years) to 240 ECTS (4 academic years). 

Please note: Some PhD Courses comprise multiannual curricular units that accompany the Thesis (follow-up or supervision seminars, scientific methodology, among others).   

Can I register for the Thesis on a part time basis?

It depends on the availability of that option in the Faculty/Organisational Unit responsible for the PhD Course. If it is available, it is possible to register on a part time basis, counting only the corresponding ECTS.
 In order to confirm it, please check the notice of opening that establishes the guidelines of your PhD course in the academic year concerned »»

How are ECTS counted in the part time registration for the Thesis?

The number of ECTS counted in order to obtain the minimum value after which you can deliver your Thesis and request its public defence depends on your registration every academic year:
Registration System
Registration Conditions of the registration for the Thesis
Counted ECTS
Full TimeAnnual
  • Annual registration and attendance on a full time basis
100 per cent of the year
 Semestral
  • Registration and attendance only in a semester on a full time basis
50 por cent of the year
Part TimeAnnual
  • Annual registration and attendance on a part time basis, (half of the usual time)
50 per cent of the year
 Semestral
  • Registration and attendance only in a semester (half of the usual time)
50 per cent of the semester (1/4 of the year)

When can I deliver the Thesis?

After obtaining the minimum number of ECTS credits (equivalent to the minimum time to carry out the Thesis works) established in your PhD Thesis guidelines. This value depends on your registration every academic year (check the table and previous question).

Please note: In order to check the counted ECTS credits, click on the icon “Details” that is at the end of the text line concerning your thesis in the present registration.

Why choose a registration only for the 2nd semester  ?

The biggest advantage is related to the fact that it enables you to begin your PhD course later in the academic year. For example, if you are waiting for the issuance of your visa or if you have been admitted to/placed in the UC in the 3rd or the Extraordinary Application’s Phase.

In these cases you should pay attention to the date of your registration and consider the possibility of registering only for the 2nd semester because you will have more time to decide what to do before the tuition fee instalments are generated.

Clique para mais informação...For further information, please check the webpage concerning the "Registration for only one semester" »

Why choose a registration on a part time basis?

Typically, students should register on a part time basis if, for any reason (for example, student-workers) they are unable to proceed their studies at the same pace as other students registered on a full time basis. Thus, they can take twice as long to accomplish the PhD course and pay lower annual fees.