• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering is included in the 3rd cycle of Higher Education, according to the Bologna Agreement. The Information Systems and Computer Engineering programme complements the basic training of the 1st and 2nd cycles (Bachelor's and Master's) in Computer Science and Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico. 
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After completing their PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico , graduates of this program are expected to have acquired the ability to: systematically understand a particular field of study and widen the frontiers of knowledge with their original research to the highest standards of quality and integrity; critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize new complex ideas; communicate with peers, the broader academic community, and society at large about the topics in which they are specialized; promote academic, professional, technological, social or cultural progress in our knowledge-based society. 


PhDs in Computer Science and Engineering may hold teaching positions in higher education in Portugal and abroad, supervise Master's and PhD studies, work in laboratories and research institutes, or work in industry and services, namely in companies with research and development departments. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
  • Boolean Constraints and Optimization
  • High Performance Computing
  • Information Systems Technology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a Master’s degree.

In the case of applicants from other areas than Computer Science or Computer Engineering, if admitted, they may have to take at most two propaedeutic courses from the following reference list (in addition to the normal degree requirements):
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Distributed Systems
  • Network and Computer Security
  • Databases
  • Systems Analysis and Modeling
  • Computer Graphics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software Engineering
  • Analysis and Synthesis of Algorithms

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    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 Lisbon

  • 630 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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