PhD in Industrial Engineering


PhD in Industrial Engineering

The program of PhD in Industrial Engineering (DEI) was first offered in the academic year 2008/2009 and awards the degree of Doctor of Industrial Engineering after the approval of the doctoral thesis. The doctoral program, is structured in accordance with the Bologna process and the typical duration is 3 years at full time (180 ECTS), corresponding the first year to the curricular component (Doctoral Course) and the subsequent 2 years to the research and thesis development component.


The aim of the doctoral program in Industrial Engineering is to offer high-level education in this scientific, enlarging the knowledge frontiers.
The Industrial Engineering has a markedly cross-domain character. This transversal character is reflected on the diverse range of areas where such knowledge frontier broadening can cover. Indeed, the proposed studies plan offers areas such as Logistics, the Operations Management, the Quality Engineering, Information Technologies and Systems, or Ergonomics. Moreover, it should be noted, that the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering evidences a sustained and diversified experience of doctorates in these scientific domains, naturally potentiating the conditions of success for the development of research projects.

The proposed curricular route offers the doctoral students the opportunity to update their knowledge in some of the above mentioned areas. This enrichment is provided along with a more general curricular education, mainly oriented to the domain of research methodologies and qualitative and quantitative methods to support research. The goal is to achieve an objective of methodological nature, ensuring the establishment of basic foundations, to build upon, strong and consistently, the production of new knowledge. In the same framework, a complementary objective is to stimulate the argumentation ability in the doctoral students, based on current scientific knowledge and tested in public confrontation, through the systematic use of oral presentations about the evolution of their research projects.

Thus, the overall goal is for the PhDs in Industrial Engineering to demonstrate the ability to develop university-level research autonomously in their knowledge domain and/or to transport and introduce innovative approaches to the enterprise environment.

In any case, their ability to develop, integrate, communicate and learn new concepts will, in a more strict sense, be an added value for the organizations in which they are integrated and, in a more broad sense, to the whole society.



Career opportunities

Doctors in Industrial Engineering may work at Universities and Higher Education Institutions and Polytechnics, laboratories and research and development, public or private companies and public administration.




Tuition fee

Portuguese students:

2 750 Euros/ year 

Foreign students:

2 750 Euros/ year 


1st phase: 11th march to 5th april 2024


Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Admission rules:

To be admitted in the doctoral program, the candidate must meet the conditions established by national legislation, by UNL’s and NOVA FCT’s regulation, and meet at least one of the following conditions:

a) Hold a master's degree, or legal equivalent, obtained at a national or foreign institution in the field of industrial Engineering or in an area recognized as suitable by the Scientific Committee of the program. The candidate should have a minimum final grade of fourteen values (or equivalent on the ECTS scale) in these study cycles;

b) Have an undergraduate degree and hold a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as such by the Scientific Council of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, attesting the capacity to accomplish this study cycle;

c) Hold an academic, scientific, or professional curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Council of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as attesting to the capacity to accomplish the Ph.D.

Documentation for the application process (on line):

1. Qualifications certificate with the obtained grades, duly authenticated (*);

2. Curriculum vitae and professional;

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

(*) Degree certificates and transcripts, including all grades. Any certificate that is not issued in Portuguese or English should be accompanied by an official translation to Portuguese or English. Certificates issued by non-Portuguese entities should be either validated by the competent consular services or affixed with a ‘Hague Apostille’.


  • Academic and Scientific Curriculum;
  • Curriculum profissional;
  • Letter of intente;
  • Additional documentation considered relevant by the Scientific Committee of the program;
  • Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Helena Carvalho

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3073/2011/AL01 on 14/10/2019


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 10/10/2022

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2020

About the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (DEMI) is a permanent organic unit of Nova School of Science and Technology, dedicated to teaching, to fundamental and applied scientific research and to the provision of services in the fields of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

DEMI counts, currently, with 5 employees and 44 teachers who are committed to offering the best teaching experience and the best knowledge to their students, helping them develop their skills and achieve their personal and professional goals.

DEMI teachers also collaborate, at different levels, with diverse public and private institutions, particularly in the development of research projects in scientific and technological areas of relevance to Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, which aim to respond to the needs of the society.

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