Periodicity of admissions - see +
Annual, following IST's calendar and annual schedule.
Language of the program - see +
English (with Portuguese, for connections with Portuguese Speaking Countries)
The language of the Program is English. The dissertation has to be written and publicly defended in English, but must contain a summary in the national language(s) of the home and host institutions. Nevertheless, international students are encouraged to learn Portuguese in the first year. The PhD candidates will have access to Portuguese courses during their first year at IST to smother integration and a deeper discover of the Portuguese culture and society.
Target population - see +
The doctoral program and the set of research topics to be included in the activities proposed have been designed for a target population with a strong background in science and technology. Although engineers are a primary target, particularly those with professional experience, a wide range of other educational backgrounds will be targeted, ranging from science to design and other technological areas.
Regardless of a specific degree and education, the target population should be prepared to develop a research-based program, with significant breadth and depth, to strengthen the technological background, and to integrate new competencies in engineering systems and product development, leading to the formation of an elite of engineers with a solid methodological basis and strong trans-disciplinary skills acquired in close international collaboration.
Typical candidates include recent graduates in engineering aiming at developing a career in technical or production management, with 2-3 years of practical experience. Typical background formation (5 years) will be mechanical engineers, materials/polymer engineers, electronic engineers, industrial engineers and chemical engineers. Industrial experience of candidates will be a preferential selection criterion. Other technical education background may be considered (e.g., physics or math), based on relevant curriculum.
Admission criteria - see +
The baseline criteria for admission are the ones set forth by the doctoral programs of IST, Lisbon, in accordance with the rules and bylaws of the School. The preferred background is one in engineering, with professional experience being a desirable plus. Other backgrounds may be accepted, provided that there is evidence of a strong foundation on science and technology giving assurance that both, the high demands of a research-based program, and the required level of technical expertise on the proposed research topics can be met.
Candidates to the Doctoral Program must hold a Bologna 2nd cycle degree, a master's degree or a five-year degree. CAndidates may apply to the doctoral program while completing their final year of a Master’s degree.
Selection and ranking criteria - see +
The applications will be selected in two stages. The first stage is established on the basis of absolute and comparative evaluations of the following material:
A final ranking is established by a Joint Selection Committee formed among Instituto Superior Tecnico (University of Lisbon), the School of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP) and the University of Minho (UMinho), under the MIT-Portugal Partnership. The second and final Stage is based upon a detailed interview of those candidates selected after the first stage
Number of students to admit in each edition - see +
The best applicants are accepted annually for doctoral studies, within a limit of about 10 admissions.
There are a number of fellowships to support students, as funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, FCT, including the necessary support to spend up to 6 months at MIT preforming research.