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 240 (4 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.

PhD regulation



Day and tutorial system

Tuition fee

Portuguese students: 2.750€

Foreign students: 2.750€


24th april to 16th july (1st phase)
2nd september to 31st october (2nd phase)
6th january to 28th february (3rd phase)


Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:


Admission rules:

a) Hold, in the scientific area of the program or similar, a master's degree or equivalent. The candidate must have a minimum final grade of 14 in these study cycles;

b) Hold, in science or in a similar program, the bachelor's degree and a relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting the capacity to carry out the same;

 c) Hold a school, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting the capacity to carry out this study cycle.



Needed documentation for the on-line application: 

Qualifications certificate listing the obtained grades;

Academic and professional curriculum;

Two teacher or researchers recommendation letters who know and comment on the candidate's skills.

Statement of Intent (Letter of Intent) in which the candidate explains why he/she is interested in concluding this PhD program;


  1. CV evaluation;
  2. Grade averages, rankings in relevant courses for the chosen branch,
  3. Content and recommendations source and possible 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 the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the DEC’s faculty totals 35 teachers, 32 of whom with PhDs.

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