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Doctoral Program in Physics

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

Admissions Requirements

  1. Applicants must hold a first degree and/or a Master in Physics, Engineering Physics, or related field. For degrees obtained in foreign countries, the Degree certificate/Diploma must be validated by one of these two requests:
    1. Recognition by Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior of Portugal, or by a Higher Education Portuguese Institution, preferably with the conversion of the grade into the Portuguese scale. in fulfillment of the applicable legislation in the matter of recognition of foreign degrees, namely Decreto-Lei n.o 66/2018, of August 16, and Portaria no33/2019, of January 25. More information available at: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en/pagina/degree-and-diploma-recognition
    2. Authentication by Consular Offices or Embassies of Portugal located in the country where the qualification was obtained or by the Hague Apostille (for countries that acceded to the Hague Convention).
  2. Applicants must satisfy the requirements of article 30 of Law no.74/2006, of March 24 as altered by Laws no. 65/2018, of August 16.

Selection and Ranking Criteria

FG Final Grade of completed Degrees. Degrees expected to be completed by registration deadline may be considered.
The corresponding grade will be replaced by the partial grade of completed and certified curricular units.
YS (Years of study): 3/5 for a 3 year degree, 4/5 for a 4 year, 1 for full 5 years or more of previous training with completed degrees;
Degrees expected to be completed by the date of registration may be considered. The final grade (FG) will be replaced by the partial grade of completed and certified curricular units. YS will include the totality of the duration of the degree expected to be completed by the registration date.
AS (Area of study): maximum 1 (value for Physics and Physical Engineering); awarded by panel, taking into consideration suitability of previous studies for a PhD in Physics. 0-1
IT (Institution ): maximum of 1 (values for Portuguese universities). This factor is determined by the evaluation panel, using publicly available information on the institution(s) where the degrees were obtained. If the recognized degree in Portugal, includes grade conversion, the value of this parameter is the same as for a Portuguese University. 0-1
SCV (Scientific and professional CV beyond degrees): maximum 20 points awarded by panel, based on CV and recommendation Letters. 0-20
MT (Motivation and research): maximum 10 points awarded by panel, on the basis of motivation letter, description of research,
and/or interview.

Tied Applicants will be ranked according to the values of the parameters listed in the following order:
  • (FG/20)*YS*AS
  • SCV
  • MT


O curso é reconhecido pela Direção-Geral da Administração Escolar (DGAE) para os efeitos previstos no artigo 54º do Estatuto da Carreira Docente (ECD).  Deliberação n.º 1539/2008 de 03-06-08, para os níveis de Ensino Básico, 3.º ciclo e Ensino Secundário; Grupos de Recrutamento 510. Reconhecido por Despacho de 25/08/2011.


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

General information

Official Code: 5154
Director: Ariel Guerreiro
Acronym: PDF
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2008/2009
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Physics (180 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de Doutoramento em Física (não conferente de grau) (30 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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