PhD in Mechanical Engineering


PhD in Mechanical Engineering

The program of PhD in Mechanical Engineering (DEM) was first offered in the academic year 2008/2009 and awards the degree of Doctor of Engineering Mechanics with the approval of the doctoral thesis. The typical duration is 3 years at full time (180 ECTS), corresponding the first year to the curricular component (Doctoral Course) and the next 2 years to the research and the thesis development component.


The doctoral program aims to educate highly qualified individuals, capable of carrying out scientific research and development and technological innovation in enterprise or in academic environment.




Day and tutorial system

Tuition fee

Portuguese students: 2.750€

Foreign students: 2.750€


24th april to 16th july (1st phase)


Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:


Admission rules:

To be admitted in the doctoral program, the candidate must meet the conditions established by national legislation, by UNL’s and FCT/NOVA’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 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 in 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 FCT/NOVA’s Scientific Council thus attesting the capacity to accomplish this study cycle;

c) Hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by FCT/NOVA’s Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to accomplish the PhD.

2. Recognition referred to in subparagraphs b) and c) of paragraph 1 of this Article:

a) Will be based on recommendations issued by two professors or PhD researchers, considered experts in the concerned scientific field and appointed by the Scientific Committee of this doctoral program;

b) Does not grant its holder the equivalence to the bachelor's degree or master or his recognition.

3. The entry in this PhD program is conditional and depends on the approval by FCT/NOVA’s Scientific Council of the proposal to accept the application, submitted by the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering.


Application Process Documentation:

Qualifications certificate listing the obtained grades

Curriculum Vitae

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


Curriculum vitae assessment, taking particular account of the academic component in the specific area of the course, the recommendations and the eventual interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Jorge Joaquim Pamies Teixeira

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3074/2011 on 18/03/2011


Accreditation on 25/07/2014, for 6 years

About the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (DEMI) is a permanent organic unit of FCT NOVA, devoted to education, to basic and applied scientific research and to providing services in the areas of Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The DEMI offers two integrated masters (Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering), four masters (Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Welding Engineering), two doctoral programs and several post-graduations.

Currently the DEMI has 38 teachers and 5 staff elements. The teachers of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering collaborate with various public and private institutions, particularly in developing research projects in scientific and technological areas relevant to Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

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