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Doctoral Program in Computer Science - MAP joint programme

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The Doctoral Program in Computer Science of the Universities of Minho, Aveiro, and Porto (MAPi), was proposed in 2007 in conformity with the new regulations that resulted from the Bolonha agenda in Europe (DL 74/2006, March 24th).

MAPi is a strong commitment by three top Universities from the north of Portugal to create in this region a doctoral course in Computer Science of very high quality, internationally competitive, strongly based on excellent research units from these Universities. It aims to produce future leaders in Computer Science, scientifically well educated, prepared to pursue a professional career as researchers, university professors or as innovative professionals at leading companies.

MAPi is supported by around 150 faculty, covers all major areas in Computer Science, both fundamental and more applied areas, and involves the cooperation of national and international research unities and companies. MAPi has established partnerships with leading Universities, such as Carnegie Mellon University, within the CMU-Portugal program, leading to a dual degree in Computer Science conferred by both institutions, and with University of Texas at Austin. There are already more then ten students being co-advised by faculty from both institutions.

Admissions Requirements

In order to enrol in the Doctoral Programme, the candidate must satisfy the conditions set out in the national legislation, in the specific applicable regulations and, in particular, have at least one of the following qualifications:

  1. a master’s or second cycle university degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Engineering or related areas;
  2. a degree from a domestic or international institution of higher education, recognised as appropriate by the Scientific Board;
  3. professional or research experience recognised as relevant and appropriate by the Scientific Board.

Candidates should have a good command of the English language, both written and spoken. In justified cases, the Scientific Board may accept candidates who do not meet this requirement.

Selection and Ranking Criteria

  1. Academic curriculum [50%]
    • Area of expertise - 15%
    • Grades - 35%
  2. Professional and research experience [30%]
    • Publications and communications - 20%
    • Participation in research projects - 10%
  3. Motivation letter [10%]
  4. Recommendation letters [10%]
Tiebreaker criteria:
    • classification obtained in subcriterion “Publications and Communications”.

Teaching Language

  • Fully in English



Course Director: pd.mapi.diretor@fc.up.pt
Postgraduate Section: pos.graduacao@fc.up.pt
Students: pd.mapi@fc.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5176
Director: Fernando Silva
Acronym: PDMAPI
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 4 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Computer Science - MAP joint programme (240 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de Doutoramento em Informática (não conferente de grau) (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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