PhD in Civil Engineering


PhD in Civil Engineering

Started in tehe academic years 2009/2010. The minimum number of creditos to obtain the degree is 180 (3 years).


  1. Train high-level technicians in the field of Civil Engineering, capable of applying, through scientific methodologies, gained knowledge, displaying an updated general training in different areas and a particularly strong background in the specialty the PhD is conducted. 

  2. Forming Civil Engineering professionals with critical thinking and ability to understand problems, to formulate them, solve them and able to continue to learn (continuing education) in an autonomous way . For such a training directed to problems understanding, the application of attitude and reasoning is its resolution key.

  3. Provide ability to conceive, design, adapt and carry out research respecting high standards of academic quality and integrity;

  4. Promote the development of original works and innovative research in various Civil Engineering specialties that contribute to extend knowledge frontiers of knowledge and deserve international dissemination in publications with a selection committee;

  5. Provide the PhD students with written and oral skills, sometimes in foreign languages, in order to allow them to communicate their conclusions and the reasoning underlying them accurately, clearly and unambiguously, both to experts and to non-experts.

Relevant information for students is provided here



Day and tutorial system

Tuition fee

Portuguese students: 2.750€

Foreign students: 2.750€


24th april to 17th july (1st phase)


Entrance requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:


Admission rules:

In order to enroll in the PhD program, candidates must satisfy at least one of the following conditions:
a) Hold, in the program scientific area or similar, a Master degree or legal equivalent. The candidate must have a minimum final grade of 14 (in 20) in these study cycles; 
b) Hold, in the program scientific area or similar, a Bachelor degree and a relevant academic or scientific curriculum, recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out the PhD program; 
c) Hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out the PhD program.


Documentation for the on-line application:
1. Qualifications certificate, listing the grades obtained; 
2. Academic and professional curriculum; 
3. Recommendation letters from two teachers or researchers that know the candidate, commenting his/her skills. 
4. Letter of intent, where the candidate explains why he/she is interested in carrying out this PhD program;


1. CV evaluation;
2. Grade averages, rankings in relevant curricular units for the chosen specialty;
3. Content and source of the recommendation letters and
4. Eventual personal interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Rodrigo M. Gonçalves

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3537/2011/AL01 on 10/10/2019


Accreditation on 23/05/2019, for 6 years

About the Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering (DEC) was established in 1996. Today it offers a Master in Civil Engineering (5 years), two 2nd cycle Masters (2 years), in Structures and Geotechnics and in Building Rehabilitation, a PhD program in Civil Engineering (4 years) and training and graduate courses in the field of Sustainable Construction and Buildings' Thermal Performance.

There are currently more than 600 students enrolled in Civil Engineering at NOVA and the DEC’s faculty totals 35 teachers, 32 of whom with PhDs.

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