Academic Degree
General Objectives
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a research oriented degree program. Its purpose is to advance the knowledge in the fields of Electrical Engineering and enable students of exceptional ability to undertake advanced study and original research. It prepares students for a research and/or teaching career in industry, research institutions, universities, and government. It also must instill in each student a proficiency for innovation manifesting a fundamental advancement of knowledge and enable graduates to integrate their education and experience with the larger problems of the technological professions. The program has a focus on state-of–art technology issues that cross boundaries of Computer Engineering, Robotics, Microelectronics, and Communications & Signal Processing.

The research environment is composed of UTAD’s Engineering Department and the following research institutes:
INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science
CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences
INESC P&D Brasil – (waiting protocol)

Getting a degree

The Doctor Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering is granted to the student that:

• Successfully completes the courses according to the course organization, obtaining 60 ECTS;

• Gets approval for a Research Plan, presented at the end of the first year (normally July – 2017/2008 will be in 12-July-2018);

• Submits and sees approved an original Ph.D. Thesis, as a result of the Research Plan previously accepted.

Thesis Submission

The Thesis must be submitted in English (or Portuguese, in cases accepted by the Scientific Committee) before the end of 4 years of frequency of the Program. A provisional version of the Thesis will be evaluated by a Committee upon a public defense, and ammendments may stipulated. The Diploma is only granted upon delivery of a corrected and final version of the Thesis.  

CNAEF Classification
Electronics and automation - Electronic engineering, Communication systems, Telecommunications technology
(523) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
Weekly Schedule: Tutorial Regime

Academic Calendar: September to June

The course consists of two parts, the first with a duration of 2 semesters and the other with a duration of 3 academic years: a) A first part, which will be held during 2 semesters b) The second part is intended to carry out research work leading to the preparation of a thesis, to be presented in the manner defined by the applicable legislation and the doctoral regulation in force at UTAD.

60 ECTS correspond to courses that the student must complete and 180 ECTS correspond to thesis work.

Other Information
Prémios ou Destaques
Career Opportunities
It prepares students for a research and/or teaching career in industry, research institutions, universities, and government.
Admission Requirements
The minimum conditions required for admission to the course are:
1 - That the candidate holds a master's degree in the area of Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
2 - Alternatively, that the candidate holds a master's degree in another area of Engineering, provided that he has a relevant professional / academic curriculum in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), where the existence of :
a) Development or participation in projects in the ECE area, at least 2;
b) Scientific publications relevant to the ECE area, at least 2;
c) Relevant professional experience in the ECE area, at least 3 years.
3 - In order for candidates to be admitted to the course based on point 2, it is necessary to give a favorable opinion from the scientific council of the School of Sciences and Technology, on the basis of a reasoned proposal by the Course Director.
Selection And Ranking Criteria
- Classification of access qualification;
- Scientific curriculum;
- Professional curriculum;
- Candidates may be subjected to interview for selection and ranking.
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity