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Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering

Accreditation by A3ES

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) at the Administration Council meeting of 2014/06/20, decided to accredit the study programme PRODEI, in accordance to the External Assessment Team recommendation.

New rules, coming out the "Bologna Declaration", leading to better compatibility and comparability of the European University degrees, as well as EU students mobility, presented a new challenge for creating Doctoral (PhD) Programs in Informatics.

Informatics Engineering is seen as a broad Body of Knowledge encompassing several aspects of Computing Engineering, Information Systems and Computer Science contributing to the Conceptualization, Specification, Implementation, Validation, Maintenance and Integration of Computer-based Systems.

The main objective of this Doctoral Program (ProDEI) is to promote excellence in the Applied Research in Informatics, including theoretical aspects behind the modeling and project stages of Computer-based Systems.  More specific information available at this website
PRODEI Rules (in portuguese) here


Who can apply:

  • Those holding a High School 2nd Cicle (Master degree) in related subjects;
  • Those holding an outstanding professional or scientific CV recognized as such by the Scientific Board of the Doctoral Program.

Numerus Clausus: 25

        portuguese students (or coming from EU countries): ¤ 3000 /year  (partial time: ¤ 1800)
        international students: ¤ 6000/Year ( ¤ 3800 partial time)
        international students from CPLP countries: 50% of fee for other international students (¤ 3000 / ¤ 1800 per year)


ProDEI Organization:

  • Classes corresponding to 60 Credit Units (ECTS-European Credit Transfer System). Typically one Year
  • Research work corresponding to 120 ECTS. Typically longer than two years.


Equivalence of ECTS: Candidates holding a Master can apply for some Credits equivalence, according to their CV. However, the upper limit is 30 ECTS.


Final Application: Only after students have achieved 60 ECTS corresponding to classes, plus an approved Work Plan Report.


Supervision: A professor from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto has to be either responsible or co-responsible for the supervision. An Advisory Group will be in charge for monitoring the student's work. This Group includes at least one external expert.


Electronic Forms for the Application are available here


Potential Funding resources:

TWELVETH EDITION: 2016-2017 -Main Dates:

  • First chance for Applications: till 30/04/16
  • Publication: 20/05/16
  • Enrollment: 20/06/16 to 27/06/16

Second chance for Applications:

  • Applications: 1/05/16 to 08/08/16
  • Publication: 05/09/16
  • Enrollment: 27/09/16 to 30/09/16

Third phase applicationsi (if applicable):

  • Application period: 18/10/16 to 06/12/16
  • Results of the applications: 03/01/17
  • Enrollment: 26/01/17 to 31/01/17

Scholar Year opening: 12/09/16 Classes starting up to: 19/09/16


General information

Official Code: 5141
Director: Rui Maranhão
Assistant Director: Pedro Diniz
Acronym: PRODEI
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan


  • Doctorate in Informatics Engineering (180 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Informatics Engineering (60 ECTS credits)

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