General Information
Academic and Research Program: Curricular structure and thesis

The program is based on individual student research plans, including two main parts, as follows:

1. Research thesis (180 ECTS):

Every student should propose a dissertation topic to the Program Scientific Council (PSC), together with a supervisor, co-supervisors (if applicable), and a Dissertation Committee (DC), in order to monitor and step up research activities, following internal rules, including:
  • The student must identify the supervisor and, where applicable, co-supervisors, together with the DC during the program 1st year, preferably before the end of the 1st semester. This process is supposed to start at the preparation stage of applying to the program and must be concluded as soon as possible, so that the student concentrates in his/her research activity;

  • The student must identify and plan adequate research residences in research laboratories at IST/FEUP/UMinho, as well as in MIT, as adequate. This requires the identification of research supervisors in the institutions selected.

  • The DC consists of at least 4 people and must guarantee the multidisciplinary nature of the program. The DC must meet with the student at least once a year during the doctoral program and submit written recommendations to the student and the PSC.

  • All the students should clearly identify the best way to develop their own research work under the strategic partnership involving IST/FEUP/UMinho, together with MIT. This requires the individual student research plans consider research periods in at least two different institutions and the co-supervision by faculty and researchers associated with the various partner institutions.

2. Doctoral Courses (60 ECTS)

Every student must follows the four following “tracks”:
  • Research track: oriented towards the student thesis work and aimed to guarantee an effective research-based orientation of every student track since the early stages (i.e., since the very first day of student enrollment in the program). It should involve research residences in at least two different research laboratories and in one industrial environment, preferably in the first year, but to be completed before the end of 2nd year.

  • Seminar track: involves the active participation in “design research seminars”, along the full duration of the program. It is compulsory in the first year and it should be oriented towards writing a research paper in close relation with the research residences to be developed under the “Research track”.

  • Academic track: It involves 5 academic courses. It should last up to 24 months, preferably 12 months. It is based on “Problem-oriented, project-based” courses, oriented to help students writing research papers in the context of their doctoral thesis. It may consider options to be proposed by students, in order to foster student autonomy. One of this options may involve the practice of “Teaching Assistantship”, guaranteeing that each students works as “Teaching Assistant, TA”, for at least one semester.

  • Transferable skills development track: to foster students skills in knowledge diffusion, innovation and technology leadership, as well as in understanding the job market and challenges for industrialization. It involves teamwork and the development of entrepreneurial-based projects.