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Programa Doutoral em Telecomunicações

The MAP-tele Doctoral Programme in Telecommunications is a joint venture of the University of Minho, the University of Aveiro and the University of Porto (MAP), three Portuguese Universities with a strong tradition in the area of Telecommunications Engineering. The Programme represents a fusion of the doctoral offers in Telecommunications in the three institutions and constitutes a unified effort to prepare highly qualified human resources in Telecommunications.

The Programme is supported by an academic staff of more than 150 PhDs whose research and development activities cover a wide range of topics, ranging from theoretical and fundamental aspects to the experimental and applied areas of Telecommunications, and comprehend wide-ranging collaborative work with leading industries in this country and abroad.

The MAP-tele Doctoral Programme in Telecommunications targets both national and international audiences and is designed for excellence and competitiveness at the international level. All courses and seminars will be given in English. It aims to prepare selected students for leadership in research and development careers in industry, academia and independent entrepreneurial initiatives.

The current Programme structure comprises two semesters of curricular components and four to six semesters of research component leading to the PhD thesis. The research is carried out in one of the research centres affiliated with the three Universities (IT, IEETA, FSCOD, INESC Porto, LIACC, Centro Algoritmi, CCTC) or in leading companies associated with the Programme.

Questions and further enquiries should be directed to

Cyclic hosting of the MAP-tele curricular year

Given that the MAP-tele Doctoral Programme is supported by a consortium comprising three Portuguese Universities, its operation develops according to cyclic management of the curricular year defining the beginning of each new edition of the Programme, which takes place successively at the University of Aveiro, Minho and Porto. This rotating logic encourages the mobility of teachers, researchers and students among the three Universities, capitalizing on the diversity of specialized skills, encouraging the fertilization of groups and research resources, and increasing the options available to students for training, research, development and innovation.


Current and next MAP-tele editions:

2017/2018: hosted by the University of Minho

2018/2019: hosted by the University of Porto (Faculty of Engineering -FEUP)

2019/2020: hosted by the University of Aveiro

The MAP-tele Scientific Committee is committed to offer MAP-tele students the best academic and research conditions. Although grants within the MAP-tele Programme are not available for the 2018-2019 MAP-tele Edition, the Scientific Committee will develop all efforts to find conditions helping admitted MAP-tele Students with relevant scholarship support.

Detailed information can be found at the MAP-tele main web site.



This is general information regarding applications to MAP-tele. An application may be submitted only during the legal admission calendar.

To apply for admission to MAPtele, please read the following instructions carefully and make certain that you have met all requirements when you submit your application. Prospective students should prepare:

  • motivation letter (in English) detailing, in a succinct but clear way, your academic and professional background as well as your motivation and objectives for pursuing PhD studies in Telecommunications. Your letter should be specific in describing your interests and motivations. When describing your research interests, you should explain why you think they are important areas of study and why you are particularly well-suited to pursuing them.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae: outline your education, research experience, work experience, publications, scholarships awarded, prizes and honors received, society memberships, and any other relevant extracurricular activities. Include information about your fluency in written and spoken English. It should include your full name, photograph, postal address, e-mail address, nationality, and country of residence.
  • Three recommendation letters: recommenders should know you relatively well and be able to evaluate the quality of your previous work. At least two of the letters should be from faculty or recent employers. Letters should be signed and sent directly by the recommenders to Three recommendation letters are mandatory, a penalty applies in case less than three letters are provided. Paper recommendations will not be accepted.
  • One transcript for each university degree mentioned in your resume. Please provide transcript of grades also and transcripts of any certificate of English proficiency, such as TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Proficiency examination.

The curriculum vitae must be appended with a clear description of the grades system in your country, as well as an explanation on how to convert your grades into a 0-100% scale.

Fluency in written and spoken English, preferably certified by a TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Proficiency examination, is an admission criterion.

Where to send the required documents ?

Applications should be submitted electronically here.

Recomendation letters should follow the template available here: WORD, PDF.

Questions and further enquiries should be directed to

Dados Gerais

Código Oficial: 5285
Diretor: Aníbal Ferreira
Sigla: MAP-T
Grau Académico: Doutor
Tipo de curso/ciclo de estudos: Doutoramento
Início: 2007/2008
Duração: 3 Anos

Planos de Estudos

Unidades Orgânicas Envolvidas


  • Doutoramento em Telecomunicações (180 Créditos ECTS)
  • Curso de Doutoramento em Telecomunicações (60 Créditos ECTS)

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