• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering programme from Instituto Superior Técnico are introduced to an intensive research of the fundamentals of electrical or computer engineering. Students will create and disseminate knowledge of electrical and computer systems during the course of obtaining the Doctoral degree. 
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To obtain the Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Instituto Superior Técnico the student must demonstrate technical breadth, steady progress in research, and contribute to the body of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering and disseminate this knowledge through the oral and written form. 

Each of these abilities are tested using a variety of requirements, and are detailed below.

Students demonstrate breadth by taking graduate courses. All incoming PDEEC students are required to fulfill the PDEEC Course Requirements , i. e., to complete a minimum of 30 ECTS or 5 advanced   (graduate/ doctoral level) courses.   

Each student may choose his or her own course and research schedule with the approval of his or her advisor. Graduate courses include any of the courses listed in the PDEEC approved graduate course list.

Students may demonstrate their ability to disseminate knowledge through completing the Teaching Internship . All PDEEC students are strongly advised to register for and must complete a one semester internship in university teaching. 

This teaching internship is equivalent to a graduate course (Teaching Assistance) and it contributes with 6 ECTS to the PDEEC Course Requirements. It may be completed at any time during the student's enrollment in the PDEEC.


The main goal of the PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is to prepare researchers for autonomous scientific work in the areas covered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Holders of a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering can have academic positions in higher education institutions in Portugal or abroad, supervise MSc and PhD students, work on research laboratories and institutes, and work in private companies, namely those having research and development departments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Wireless Communications
  • Computer Vision
  • Discrete Event  systems
  • Modern Optical Fibre Telecommunication Systems
  • Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Nonlinear Optimization
  • Outreach and Teaching Skills-Deec
  • Photonic Integration
  • Processing Big Data
  • Pulsed Power
  • Quantum Computation, Information and Logic
  • Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Holders of an Undergraduate Degree and Master’s Degree may apply for this training doctoral programme by obtaining a pass in an advanced study course, that grants a total of credits between 30 and 60 ECTS, followed by advanced research, development and innovation work, leading to a dissertation (PhD thesis). In all it has a 3 year duration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1063 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1063 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.


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