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Doctoral Program in Sustainable Energy Systems

Promoted by FEUP in cooperation with FCUL, ISEG, IST and the Univeristy of Coimbra, together with the MIT, the PhD program consists in one curricular year (60 ECTS) and two to three years of research leading to a dissertation (120 ECTS) and grants the degree of Doctor in Sustainable Energy Systems.

TARGET STUDENTS: • Graduates in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering or in other areas since recognized as relevant by the scientific committee of the program.


The objective of the Doctoral program in Sustainable Energy Systems is training and educating top-quality researchers, capable of analyzing and designing energy systems, considering their technological, environmental, economic and social dimensions. At the end of the course, they must be capable of autonomous research work, be it in the academic environment, in the industry environment or in a mixed environment. It is therefore intended that the doctoral student can continue to develop its knowledge and work in a way that created clear added value for the society.

Competências Profissionais

The doctoral program in Sustainable Energy systems intends to researchers able to propose, promote and perform R&D in Energy Systems, including the components of demand, supply and transport, with a sustainability perspective.

It is expected that by the end of the study cycle the students have a profound understanding of the energy conversion chains, of the  concept of sustainability in its environmental, economic and social dimensions, and capabilities of modeling and analyzing energy systems or significant components of these.

Saídas Profissionais

Research, Development and Dissemination activities at R&D institutions of the Energy area;

Advanced consultancy in companies developing activity in the Energy area.


Entry Requirements:
a) Holders of master's degree obtained in Portuguese universities in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering or in other areas since recognized as relevant by the scientific committee of the program;
b) Holders of a 4 or 5-year degree Pre-Bologna (e.g.Licenciatura) obtained in Portuguese universities in the areas mentioned in the preceding paragraph, the legally established conditions;
c) Holders of degrees obtained at foreign universities which are considered by the scientific committee of the program under conditions equivalent to those referred to above.
2-Students should have a good knowledge of spoken and written English, and may, in justified cases, the scientific committee accept students under other conditions.

Other requirements: Proof of prior academic achievement. • Statement of interest in English. • Submission of results from the GRE General Exam will constitute a condition of preference in the evaluation process. • Two letters of reference in English. • Evaluation of candidates may involve an interview in English, which may take place in person or via videoconference.

IMPORTANT NOTES: • The application to the program is exclusively made online, through http://www.mitportugal.org/application/applying.html

• The application for entrance in the program and the application for obtaining FCT scholarships are formally two independent processes. Students may apply to the educational program without applying to an FCT scholarship as well. However, if you indicate on the application form that you would like to be considered for an FCT scholarship (PhD or post-doc), your candidacy information will be sent to the FCT automatically.

The course fee is 3000 Euros per year (paid by the FCT for the PhD students who are granted with a scholarship).

Detailed information is available at: http://www.mitportugal.org/sustainable-energy-systems/phd-program.html

 Questions about applying: Contact apply@mitportugal.org


The main research centres associated with the PDSSE are the INESC-Porto and the IDMEC – pólo FEUP.
INESC-Porto coordinates the” Laboratório Associado” INESC-TEC, and has the USE (Unit for Energy Systems) as its unit with the biggest connection to the PDSSE. This unit is based the FEUP campus, and develops its activity in emerging areas for the electrical sector: regulation and electricity markets, integration of disperse generation,
technical and economic management od distributions systems, use of GIS and other Its, risk management, etc. It is classified by the FCT as Excellent.
IDMEC-Pólo FEUP is alo located at the FEUP campus, and cooperates with the PDSSE through the Unit of Advanced Studies in the Built Environment, which develops its activity in the areas of indoor environment, energy in buildings and urban systems. It is part of the LEATA Associated laboratory and is classified by the FCT with “Very Good”.


MIT Portugal Program SES Focus Area Team at FEUP:

E-mail: ccouto@fe.up.pt

Tel.: +351 22 0413483

Url: www.fe.up.pt/pdsse

Dados Gerais

Código Oficial: 5271
Director: Manuel Matos
Assistant Director: Vítor Leal
Acronym: PDSSE
Academic Degree: Doctor
Tipo de curso/ciclo de estudos: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan

Unidades Orgânicas Envolvidas


  • Doctorate in Sustainable Energy Systems (180 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Sustainable Energy Systems (60 ECTS credits)

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