Doutoramento em Matemática


PhD in Mathematics

This PhD program commenced in 2009/2010. The minimum number of credits required to complete this degree is 180 ECTS = 60 ECTS / year x 3 (years).


The objective of this PhD program is to train researchers and scientific leaders in Pure and Applied Mathematics and to provide them with a robust scientific background in this area of knowledge. To this end, a successful student will complete a one-year taught course and furthermore develop and defend an original thesis that extends the boundaries of knowledge and whose content has already been accepted for publication in international peer-reviewed journals. 

Study Plan

This PhD program in Mathematics is organized into three areas of specialization: 

Algebra and Logic (AL);

Analysis and Geometry (AG);

Operations Research (OR).

The program of study leading to this doctoral degree includes:

1) A one-year taught PhD course, consisting of five elective modules, and culminating in two qualifying examinations. These qualifying examinations are offered twice a year in each area of specialization.

2) The development of an original thesis, especially designed for this purpose, that extends the boundaries of knowledge and that is within the scope of the candidate's area of specialization. The content of the thesis must have previously earned acceptance in peer-reviewed international journals. 


a) For each area of specialization, the curricular structure consists of five elective modules, chosen by the student in consultation with his/her scientific advisor, subject to the approval of the PhD Scientific Commission.  

b) The successful accomplishment of this taught part of the PhD program entitles the student to a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Mathematics from FCT NOVA, which explicitly states the area of specialization.

c) Each student is required to pass two qualifying examinations to proceed to further studies leading to a PhD. These qualifying exams are offered twice a year for each area of specialization.

d) An overall description of the doctoral thesis, including a brief explanation of the research to be pursued, the expected results, and the main technical problems to be dealt with, is to be proposed by the candidate's supervisor by the end of the first year of studies. 


Career opportunities

The professional employment opportunities are mainly found in academia, in enterprises with a high technological, analytical or logistical component, and in the financial industry.

Participation in the Programmes:

University of Texas at Austin-Portugal PhD Program in Mathematics
CMU-Portugal ICTI Program in Applied Mathematics


Lectures and reading courses. Tutorials.

Tuition fee

Portuguese students:

2 750 Euros/ year 

Foreign students:

2 750 Euros/ year 


1st phase: 15th February to 15th July

2nd phase: 30th August to 12th September


Entrance requirements for the 2022/2023 academic year

Vacancies for 2022/2023:


Admission rules:

Candidates for this program of study should satisfy at least one of the following conditions: 

a) hold a master’s degree, or legal equivalent, in a relevant field, with a minimal classification of 14 (out of 20), or equivalent;

b) hold a bachelor’s degree, or legal equivalent, and have relevant academic or scientific experience that is recognized by the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA  as attesting to the capacity to accomplish this program of studies; 

c) have an academic, scientific or professional experience that is recognized by the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA as attesting to the capacity to accomplish this program of studies.

Required documentation

1. Passport / citizenship card. 

2. Degree certificates and transcripts including all grades. Any certificate that is not issued in Portuguese, Spanish, French 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’.

3. Curriculum vitae; 

4. Passport-sized photograph;

5. Motivation letter; 

Ranking of candidates 

a. classification of the master’s and / or bachelor’s degree;

b. academic and scientific experience; 

c. professional experience;

d. possible interview. 

Course coordinator:

Professor João Jorge Ribeiro Soares Gonçalves de Araújo

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 188/2015 on 13/08/2015


Prior accreditation on 03/07/2015, for 6 years

About the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics (DM) is a permanent teaching and research unit of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT NOVA). In the DM, multiple activities in the field of Mathematics are developed, ranging from teaching and research to promotion and dissemination, through lifelong training and the provision of services to the community. The DM consists of 83 professors, of whom 79 have doctorates.

The DM is in charge of the Degree in Mathematics, the Degree in Applied Mathematics to Risk Management, the Master in Actuarial Mathematics, the Master in Mathematics and Applications, the Master in Mathematics Teaching for the 3rd cycle of Basic Education and Secondary Education, as well of the PhD in Mathematics at NOVA University. The DM also ensures the teaching of propaedeutic subjects in the field of Mathematics for the various courses at FCT NOVA.

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