PhD in Technology Assessment


PhD in Technology Assessment

Started in 2009/2010. The required minimum number of credits to graduate is 240 (4 years). 


The Doctoral Programme in Technology Assessment (PDAT) aims to prepare researchers and experts capable of carrying out independent research activity and leadership in innovation processes. PDAT  concerns the study of methods and analysis processes of technological impacts and processes development of technology and innovation in the wider context of integration into the European and international framework.

This 3rd cycle complements the basic training of candidates through the improvement of studies and research and development in emerging areas of knowledge. Upon completion,  candidates will be able to acquire, with scientific rigor and technological and methodological actuality, intervention capabilities in production processes, knowledge transmission and application of Technology Assessment at organizations level; 

Specific objectives

In addition to these general objectives, the following specific objectives are established:

Develop skills and abilities to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas in a context of rapid technological and socio-organizational changes.

Promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, cultural and socio-economic progress within a knowledge based society based and in collaboration.

Provide advanced level knowledge and develop research capabilities in knowledge management, technology and innovation, particularly regarding acquisition processes or innovation generation as well as the practical implementation of innovations at intra-organizational level or in the markets served by the organization.

Promote participation in integration processes of advanced "Technology Assessment" knowledge   in innovative projects for technological impacts and complex systems evaluation, and the establishment of new knowledge-intensive companies in industry and services, arising from results or from initiative entrepreneurs in established companies or academic organizations.

Provide advanced training to enable qualifying participation in formulation processes, implementation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of Science & Technology policies and strategies under the "Technology Assessment" and innovation framework.

Besides the emphasis on the realization of an original research work, leading to the generation of new knowledge, and the corresponding field of scientific research methodologies, the PhD also aims to provide candidates with a major set of additional skills that are essential requirements needed to address the new challenges in a doctorate career. Thus, in accordance with the European University Association recommendations, the study cycle covers a range of aspects commonly referred to as "soft skills / transferable skills” and that also include communication skills and technical writing, leadership and time management and resources, promoting partnerships and teamwork, scientific ethics and intellectual property rights, organizing technical events, entrepreneurship and research transfer results to the socio-economic tissue, etc. The understanding and scientific research methods domain should also improve critical skills and the synthesis ability of complex and very dynamic contexts, preparing candidates for independent action.



Career opportunities

Technology Assessment is present in a wide range of companies in various industrial and service sectors. This doctoral program is a great potential formative alternative to the technical processes associated with the choice of technologies or technological investments. Such experts may be either in the public administration (large national laboratories, or government entities with a vocation in this area) and in larger companies where that type of option can be put in conversion processes or business development.

But Doctors in Technology Assessment may still be important for smaller companies while but anticipating technological development processes (eg biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro-electronics) and technology consulting.

In any case, experts who are independent of this base of technical training need to acquire advanced knowledge in areas related to the areas where this type of options (investment and / or advanced research)  arise.

Doctors in Technology Assessment will further career opportunities in research centers or research and development associated with public and private institutions, and the institutions of higher education.

Because of the prestige garnered by FCT-UNL there are also great career opportunities in other countries of Europe.



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 1st march (3rd phase)


Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:


Admission rules:

Possess a master's degree or legal equivalent in Engineering, Natural Sciences or Social Sciences (Sociology, Economics, Political Science etc.) or similar;

Hold a degree in those areas of knowledge and having a particularly relevant school or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council;

Owning a professional or scientific curriculum recognized as relevant and appropriate by the Scientific Programme Committee and the Scientific Council.

Candidates must have a good command of spoken and written English language and , in justified cases, the Scientific Committee may accept applicants with other conditions.

Application process documentation  (on line):

Qualifications certificate listing the obtained grades;

Curriculum Vitae and professional curriculum;

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


The candidates’ selection of candidates is responsibility of the Scientific Committee by assessing the submitted documentation. Potentially eligible applicants may be called for an  interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor António Brandão Moniz

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3062/2011 on 18/03/2011


Accreditation on 14/01/2016, for 1 year

About the Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Applied Social Sciences Department (DCSA) guarantees, at the Faculty of Science and Technology, the teaching and the research in areas outside the basic sciences and engineering, giving thus our students a structured training in the field of applied social sciences, what passes by having competency in the fields of expression and communication, the relationship between science / technology / society (history, philosophy and contemporary thought) ethics, work organization and economy, management and entrepreneurship.

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