• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The main objective of this program is to provide the holders of a Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico with high quality education and research standards, enabling them to develop independent research work at both academic and enterprise level.
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The PhD program in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico is tailored to provide advanced knowledge and research capabilities in the following scientific areas:

  • Environment and Energy 
  • Control, Automation and Industrial Computing 
  • Aerospace and Applied Mechanics 
  • Mechanical Design and Structural Materials 
  • Mechanical Production and Industrial Management 
  • Thermofluids and Energy Conversion Technologies


The first PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering was issued in 1968. Since then, the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering was formally established and, from 1987 till 2011, 190 Doctoral degrees were issued.


Doctor graduates will be able to join Higher Education institutions, Research Laboratories or R&D-oriented companies.

Operational Regime

The Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering consists in an Advanced Studies Diploma Course (60 ECTS), as well as the preparation of an original research Thesis. Thesis defense is public.

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 Control Systems
  • Advanced Environmental Modelling
  • Advanced Topics on Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Applied Heat Transfer
  • Computational Dynamics
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Control of Nonlinear Systems
  • Energy and Atmosphere

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants to the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering must be holders of a 5-year degree (pre-Bologna) or a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering or related fields.

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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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