The PhD Program in Computer Science will challenge and help you to develop your potential to pursue scientific research, innovation, and leadership activities in the field of Computer Science and Informatics. The PhD Program in Computer Science is articulated with the research activities of NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics within the Department.
Every student develops his PhD work within a NOVA LINCS research group, integrated from day one in a thriving atmosphere, featuring regular research seminars, and national and international contacts, and outreach opportunities. It is also possible for a student to enroll in a partnership program with foreign universities (e.g., Carnegie Mellon, UT Austin, IMT Lucca, U Dresden).
The program duration is typically four years, a first year preparation phase which includes some advanced courses and research planning, followed by three-four years of research, leading to the PhD thesis.
This PhD program proposed as part of the Bologna process, aims to provide a high quality standard specialized training in fundamental and applied areas of Information Technology (Computer Science) and Computer Engineering at the basis of the following guiding principles:
Specialization based on a broad knowledge of Information Technology;
Learning in a research environment by integrating one of the two research centers of Informatics Departamente (CITI, CENTRIA);
Fostering openness and internationalization of research;
Application of strict quality control procedures.
The ultimate goal of this program is to train researchers, academics, and leaders in innovation processes in fundamental and applied areas of Information Technology (Computer Science) and Computer Engineering.
The typical duration of the program is 4 years full-time (240 ECTS), corresponding to one year of a curricular component (PhD course) and 3 years to a research component.
Information technology companies represent an important and dynamic area of the economy in which innovation and development of new solutions are fundamental aspects to companies’ statement. Thus, it is common for high-tech companies having research or research and development units or that hire PhDs in Computer Science.
Doctors in Computer Science have additional professional opportunities in research and research and development centers associated with public and private institutions, whether in the area of Information Technology or in areas that make a specialized use of information technologies, and also in higher education institutions.
2 750 Euros/ year
2 750 Euros/ year
1st phase: 7th march to 22nd march
2nd phase: 1st to 30th of june
3rd phase: 23rd august to 4th september
Vacancies for 2023/2024:
The applicant must meet one of the following conditions:
Necessary documentation for the application process (on line):
The selection of candidates is responsibility of the Scientific Committee by assessing the submitted documentation. Potentially eligible candidates may be called for an interview.
Professor Carla Ferreira
Registration number R/A-Ef 3080/2011/AL01 on 11/01/2019
Publication date of the accreditation decision: 04/05/2020
Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2019
The Department of Computer Science is a pioneer institution in advanced education and research in Computer Science in Portugal, and has already graduated thousands of informatics engineers and computer scientists. We currently host around 1200 students enrolled in various programs and courses.
Several of our academic staff are associated to the development of computer science and IT in Portugal, for instance, in the first national connection to the Internet in the 80s, in the graduation of the first PhD degrees, and in the development and consolidation of research and innovation in informatics and computer science.More info