Academic Degree
Doctorate
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
Schedule
Weekly Schedule: Tutorial Regime

Academic Calendar: September to June

Duration
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.

Prémios ou Destaques
Career Opportunities
It prepares students for a research and/or teaching career in industry, research institutions, universities, and government.
DGES Code
5138
Admission Requirements
Students graduated in a field of engineering associated with Electrical and Computer Engineering (including Electronics and Telecommunications) have the necessary profile to enroll in EEC PhD.
Other profiles are likely to be accepted, especially in Computer Science, Physics or Energy and Environment, if there is the existence of:
a) Development or participation in projects in the area of the EEC, at least 2;
b) Periodical publications in the area of the EEC, at least 2;
c) Professional experience in the area of the EEC, at least 3 years.
The admission of any candidate is subject to analysis and approval by the Scientific Committee of the School of Science and Technology.

Tuition Fees

The values of the EEC PhD tuition fees depend on the student status. In 2017/2018 academic year the tuition fee was 3500 Euros for students covered by international student status. It was 2000 Euros, for national students, CPLP* students or foreign students not covered by international student status. For 2018/2019 the tuition fees are not yet defined.

Selection And Ranking Criteria
- Classification of access qualification;
- Scientific curriculum;
- Professional curriculum;
- Candidates may be subjected to interview for selection and ranking.
Resolution Date
27-12-2013
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
27-12-2013
Accreditation Validity
27-12-2019