Doctorate Degree (PhD)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2019
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Ef 1010/2011 de 18-03-2011
Update registry R/A-Ef 1010/2011/AL01 de 05-03-2020 | R/A-Ef 1010/2011/AL02 de 18/04/2024
School of Technology and Architecture
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E07
(+351) 210 464 013
9:30 - 18:00

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 2000.00 €
2.ndYear 2000.00 €
3.rdYear 2000.00 €
4.thYear 2000.00 €
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

To start the doctoral program, students will need to have supervisor(s) and a well-designed research proposal approved by the supervisor(s). From the second semester onwards, students must also have a Thesis Monitoring Committee, made up of two doctors, one from ISCTE and the other from another university, for this purpose they must submit the respective form.

The students who complete the first and second year (60 credits) are awarded the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Information, Science and  Technology (the duration may be extended to 4 years for part-time students).

The PhD in Information Science and Technology normally has a four-year duration (may be extended to 8 years for part-time students) and it is obtained by completing 240 ECTS credits:

• 36 credits obtained through a set of compulsory subjects that provide general skills in research methods, oral and written communication, and research projects (first year);

• 12 in Seminar and Thesis Project (first year);

• 12 in Seminar: report and presentation (first year);

• 180 credits obtained through the completion of the PhD Thesis.

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
Management of Research Projects on Science and Information Technologies
18.0 ECTS
Research Methods in Science and Information Technologies
18.0 ECTS
Follow Up Seminar on the Phd Project in Science and Information Technologies
12.0 ECTS
Phd Research Seminar in Sciences and Information Technologies
12.0 ECTS
2nd Year
Phd Thesis in Information Science and Technologies
180.0 ECTS


The PhD Programme in Information Science and Technology has two general objectives--one for the doctoral candidates, and one for the Department:

  • For students: to acquire general reserach skills in Information Science and Technology, and to develop specific skills in one of areas of specialization (in particular, the area in which they complete their dissertation)
  • For the Department: to further develop the research and scientific production of the Department's faculty through both the guidance of doctoral candidates and the inclusion of the faculty in research projects

The main capacities to be developed in the course are:

  • research skills, including research communication and management of research projects in the field of doctoral specialty;
  • thorough knowledge about the specific subject of the doctorate.

Research skills, research communication, and research project management are acquired through:

  • 2 curricular units on research methods,
  • 2 curricular units in seminars on communication of research,
  • 4 curricular units of research projects.

In all of the above, doctoral candidates will be assessed. Specific, in-depth knowledge is acquired primarily through optional courses (24 ECTS credits, usually 4 courses) and during the candidate's research for their thesis, with the guidance of the advisor and the Monitoring Committee.

The PhD program also encourages students to publish their research in scientific forums, an activity which contributes to all the skills mentioned.

School of Technology and Architecture
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E07
(+351) 210 464 013
9:30 - 18:00
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