• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The main characteristic of this doctoral program in Energy Systems and Climate Change at Universidade de Aveiro is its holistic view, integrating areas of engineering and environment with those of economics and management, providing an analysis of the energy systems in the perspective of sustainable development. 


It is also an objective of the doctoral program in Energy Systems and Climate Change at Universidade de Aveiro to gradually qualify students for the autonomous development of research and development work by integrating them into research teams with a special emphasis on the preparation and elaboration of the thesis.

Learning objectives associated with the curricular units of the doctoral program including the Thesis:

  • To provide capacity for the analysis, understanding and quantification of energy and mass flows in contemporary societies and their relationship with natural resources, technologies, policy, management and climate change;
  • To provide skills and methods for the development of research projects in the field of energy (conversion, transport, storage and use) and climate change (reduction and mitigation of the effects) and sustainability;
  • To know, understand and apply computational and laboratory techniques and methodologies relevant to the development of RTD activity in major areas with the potential to develop research projects associated with the study of energy systems and climate change;
  • To provide capacity to develop, in a systematic and autonomous way, bibliographic review procedures, including bibliometric analysis, aiming at the identification of the state of the art in a previously defined area of knowledge;
  • To give the capacity to identify the needs, and to design and perform scientific research, in respect of the requirements imposed by academic quality and integrity standards, in a progressively autonomous way;
  • To develop scientific communication skills that allow the presentation, in written and oral form, of research results in national or international conferences and/or publications with scientific revision;
  • Develop critical thinking about the importance of energy, energy systems, and their interaction with the environment and society;
  • To enable the exploitation of scientific, technological, social and economic progress in the academic and/or professional context, in a knowledge-based society.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Energy Certification Of Buildings
  • Energy And Product Development
  • Energy In Transports
  • Fundamentals Of Sustainable Construction
  • Management And Project Finance
  • New Energy Technologies

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Holders of the master's degree obtained in Portuguese universities in areas of Engineering, Natural and Social Sciences, which contemplate minimum training of 12 ECTS in energy and / or climate change and / or sustainability, as well as other areas subject to the scrutiny of the Commission Scientific Program of the Doctoral Program
  • Holders of pre-Bologna degree (5 years or equivalent to 300 ECTS), obtained in Portuguese universities in the areas mentioned in the previous paragraph
  • Foreign higher education degree in related areas, awarded on completion of a 2nd cycle study programme organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Aveiro

  • 500 - 900 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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