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Code: EG701     Acronym: EG701

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Surveying Engineering

Instance: 2018/2019 - A

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: Doctor's Degree in Surveying Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDEG 7 P.E. do Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Geográfica 1 - 180 168 4860

Teaching language



The PhD in Surveying Engineering does not possess an academic component, being the thesis the only curricular unit. The thesis objective is the performance of a scientific research work, under the guidance of a  supervisor and a co-supervisor, if any,  aiming that the student:

(i) performs a significant amount of original research;

(ii) contributes to the widening of the knowledge in the field of Surveying Engineering;

 (iii) publishes the results, at least in part, in peer reviewed journals.

Learning outcomes and competences

After finishing the thesis, the doctors in Surveying Engineering should be able to:

  1. Understand and solve new problems in wide and multidisciplinary contexts, either in SE or related fields;
  2. Conceive, design and develop scientific research in SE, identifying appropriate research methods for solving complex problems with no single solution, in new situations or contexts that require the use of multidisciplinary knowledge;
  3. Integrate knowledge, to deal with complex issues, develop solutions and make judgments in situations of limited or incomplete information, evaluating their applicability and limitations;
  4. Communicate their findings both to specialists and to experts, in a clear and unambiguous manner;
  5. Promote, in academic and/or professional contexts, the technological, social or cultural progress.

Working method



The research topics addressed in each thesis are defined in the work plan. The supervisors have expertise in various fields of SE and related areas: remote sensing (RS), photogrammetry, satellite positioning and navigation, GIS, image processing, etc.

Theses in progress or completed during this period:

  • Tropospheric corrections for altimetry studies over coastal and inland water regions.

Mandatory literature

Autores vários; Artigos científicos relevantes para o tema da tese.

Comments from the literature

The bibliography should be in accordance with the work plan of each student. It should consist of the set of relevant articles, which constitute the state of the art in the respective research topic.

Teaching methods and learning activities

The work is developed under the supervision of the supervisors, in the form of tutorial support. The preparation of the thesis consists of autonomous research, literature review, computational, office and / or field work, depending on each theme.

At the end of the first year, the student is assessed by the SC of the Program, by means of a written and oral presentation on the work performed during that year and taking into account the opinion of the supervisors.

The thesis is defended in a public examination in the presence of a jury constituted for that purpose. The thesis may consist of a collection of published papers properly integrated through the description of the context of the different papers in the frame of the original theme of the PhD thesis.


Sotware vário, dependendo do tema de investigação
Software de processamento GNSS
Software Onpen Source: QGIS, GRASS

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 2430,00
Trabalho de investigação 2430,00
Total: 4860,00

Eligibility for exams

Not applicable

Calculation formula of final grade

The thesis mark is just "Aproved" or "Not aproved"
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