36 months
2750 EUR/year
2750 EUR/year
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The Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) offers a PhD Program in Physics covering some areas of expertise of its professors and researchers, in close connection with the research units associated with the Department of Physics.


Key facts

The main areas of the Physics PhD Program from Instituto Superior Técnico are:

  • Astrophysics and Gravitation
  • Plasmas Physics, Nuclear Fusion, Photonics and Intense Lasers;
  • Physics of Condensed Matter, Nanotechnology, Solid State Physics and Atomic and Molecular Physics;
  • Particle and High-Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

The PhD Program in Physics is designed to provide advanced knowledge and research capabilities into subjects consistent with expertise available in the Department of Physics of IST.

After completing their PhD, graduates of this program are expected to have acquired the ability to perform autonomous scientific work in their particular field of study, expanding the frontiers of knowledge with their original research to the highest standards of quality and integrity. These graduates should promote academic, professional, technological, social and cultural progress, in interaction with the academic community and the society at large. 


The graduates in Physics can integrate research units and R&D laboratories, namely with enterprises, in Portugal or abroad, in the public or the private sectors. These graduates are highly qualified researchers to work in large institutions of research and technological development: European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); European Southern Observatory (ESO); European Space Agency (ESA); Joint European Torus (JET); International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

The PhDs in Physics can also follow an academic career as Professors of higher education, in national or international universities.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
  • Advanced Experimental Methods in Particle Physics 
  • Advanced Topics in General Relativity, Astrophysics and Cosmology 
  • Advanced Topics in Nuclear Physics 
  • Advanced Topics in Particle and Astroparticle Physics 
  • Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Information
  • Nuclear Physics Methods in Science and Technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2750 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2750 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Lisbon

630 - 1123 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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