Special system for the Thesis submission
Can I defend a Thesis even if I am not a PhD student in the University of Coimbra?
- Yes, by means of the special system for Thesis submission established by the Portuguese legislation and whose procedure is specified in the UC regulations.
[1.] The requester solicits the Academic Management Services to create the collection in the Estudo Geral (Digital Repository for the Scientific Production of the University of Coimbra) so that he/she is able to accomplish the submission of the Thesis and Curriculum Vitae (CV) by means of the form Academicos@uc.pt , available at www.uc.pt/academicos/e-mail:
[2.] The Academic Management Services notify the requester regarding the access data to the platform Provas Académicas so that he/she submits the electronic Thesis and CV within 5 days after receiving these credentials.
Important Notice: The access to the collection in the platform "Provas Académicas" will be unavailable after the Academic Management Services register the decision in the request.
The Thesis has to include the abstract in Portuguese and English with a length between 2500 and 5000 characters, be elaborated in accordance with the rules of the Visual Identity of the University of Coimbra, available at:
The Curriculum vitae has to be retrieved from the:
[3.] After uploading the documents, the requester solicits admission to the PhD exam in person in one of the Academic Centres of the Academic Management Services, in Polo 1 or Polo 2; or by regular mail, attaching the following documents:
(i) Request for admission to the PhD exam (form Im0891);
Note 1: The forms necessary to formalize this request are available at "Forms" at the main webpage or directly at:
[4.] After a preliminary assessment of the request, the requester is notified of the fees’ values and the payment method by the Academic Management Services.
The process is sent to the Organisational Unit only after the payment and the validation of the documents is completed.
If the student does not pay within the deadline that was notified to him/her, the request for admission to the PhD exam will be archived; and if he/she wants to proceed with the request, he/she has to make a new request.
|[5.] The Scientific Council of the Organisational Unit decides about the admission of the requester to the PhD exam.|
|[6.] The Jury is appointed by the Rector, or by the person who is delegated by the Rector, and published on the UC webpage at http://www.uc.pt/academicos/provas/juris.|
|[7.] The Academic Management Services communicate to the Organisational Unit, the jury and the requester the jury’s appointment and inform the president of the jury that he/she has to schedule the meeting.|
[8.] The Academic Management Services convene the jury to the meeting, give secretarial support, and elaborate the dispatch and the minutes.
|[9.] The Academic Management Services convene the participants, inform the press about the date of the PhD exam and prepare it.|
|[10.] The requester accomplishes the PhD exam.|
After the successful defence of the Thesis, the new PhD holder has 15 working days to deliver exclusively at the Academic Centre of the Academic Management Services, in Polo 1, three (3) hard copies of his/her thesis for the purposes of legal deposit.
If the student delivers a corrected copy of the thesis after the public defence, he/she has to: