• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The doctoral program Leaders for Technical Industries from Instituto Superior Técnico will lead to a doctoral degree jointly awarded by three Portuguese Universities: Universidade Técnica de Lisboa - Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade do Porto - Faculdade de Engenharia (FEUP) e Universidade do Minho - Escola de Engenharia (UMinho).
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The Leaders for Technical Industries program was developed with the support of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the framework of the Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) focus area of the Portugal - MIT Program. The program comprises a curricular component and the elaboration of a scientific/industrial oriented PhD thesis.


  • The Mechanical Engineering Department has a long history on PhD formation.
  • The development of new engineering education programs is an objective of the department.
  • Therefore, the present PhD program links high quality education to a novel curricular program, to promote a new entrepreneurial attitude towards knowledge-based manufacturing and competitive product development.

Main Research Topics are: 

  • Automotive systems and mobility: new technologies, systems and services;
  • Sustainable exploration of the Atlantic: observation systems, subsea technologies, surface technologies, port systems;
  • Aeronautics and aerospace technologies and systems;
  • Design Cities for Knowledge; 
  • Design for Uncertainty; 
  • Additive manufacturing;
  • Advanced electronics and embedded systems


LTI graduates are capable of leading multidisciplinary teams in product development and manufacturing operations to address a multitude of challenges in engineering design and manufacturing, namely: innovative product development, advanced processing / fabrication solutions, optimisation of production processes under an integrated perspective of the product cycle.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engineering Systems and Research Methods
  • Engineering Systems Research
  • Innovation Management
  • Management of Production
  • Product Design
  • Innovation Studies
  • Innovation Teams
  • Management for Engineering
  • Management of Production

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Portuguese and European engineering education graduates aiming at developing a career in engineering design and advanced manufacturing.
  • The LTI program is designed for full time PhD students. A clear scientific approach is expected from these students, with deep anchoring of the analyzed subjects in the state-of-art of the respective scientific areas.

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.


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