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Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

PDEEC - Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DEEC) of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP) offers a Doctoral Program covering the major areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

PDEEC has a nominal duration of four full-time years: a 1-year curricular part, designed to add depth and breadth to the students’ background, followed by three years of thesis research work. New enrollments take place twice a year, for activities starting in September (1st semester) and in January (2nd semester).

The research environment made available to PDEEC students comprises the physical and human resources of DEEC, and of a number of research institutes associated with FEUP:

  • INESC TEC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science – inesctec.pt);
  • SYSTEC (Research Center for Systems and Technology – http://systec.fe.up.pt);
  • I3S (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde – http://www.i3s.up.pt);
  • IT (Instituto de Telecomunicações – www.it.pt).

CISTER (Research Centre in Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems – www.cister.isep.ipp.pt) is also a host Research Centre associated with PDEEC.

Under the CMU|Portugal Program (www.cmuportugal.org), FEUP and DEEC have a cooperation with the University of Carnegie-Mellon, leading to a double-degree PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering awarded by both universities.

Organization of the curricular part of the Program

The curricular part of PDEEC takes up the first two full-time semesters.  It includes three mandatory courses (SeminarsSpecial Topics and Thesis Research Plan), plus a set of optional courses that the students can select from a list that is revised every year, which includes any course from a Doctoral Program of the University of Porto (subject to approval by the PDEEC Scientific Committee).

The three mandatory courses may be taken in any semester, although students may enroll in each of them only once. Seminars and Special Topics typically precede Thesis Research Plan, which is normally taken in the second semester.

Following the recent accreditation of PDEEC by A3ES (the Portuguese Higher Education Accreditation Agency) for six more years, several changes will be introduced in the Study Plan of the curricular part, for the academic year starting in September 2020.  These include changes in the number of ECTS credits for Seminars (from 7.5 to 6), for Special Topics (from 7.5 to 12) and Thesis Research Plan (from 7.5 to 18).  Furthermore, all optional courses offered by DEEC are now worth six ECTS credits (instead of 7.5) and their required number has been reduced from five to four.

General information

Official Code: 5138
Director: José Silva Matos
Acronym: PDEEC
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 4 Years

Study Plan


  • Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering (240 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (60 ECTS credits)

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