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Third cycle of studies in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms

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The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), accredited this study cycle (see the documents here).
Please consult the study cycle official documents.

The 3rd cycle (PhD) in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms is taught, in partnership, by the University of Aveiro / Department of Communication and Art and by the University of Porto / Faculty of Arts; the majority of the teaching staff are researchers from CIC.Digital, the FCT I&D unit.

It seeks to give graduates or Masters a deep knowledge in an advanced post-graduate level, as well as the development of competences in autonomous research in information and communication in technological mediation scenarios.

It seeks to develop competences:

  1. of systematic approach of the technological mediation in information and communication contexts in the perspective of areas such as Communication Sciences and Technologies, Communication Sciences and Information Sciences;
  2. of understanding critical and grounded use of research methods in these scientific areas;
  3. for the conception and development of a rigorous and consequent research, respecting the requirements imposed by academic integrity and quality patterns;
  4. for the accomplishment of original research which contribute to the broadening of borders of knowledge in human and institutional communication and in Information Sciences;
  5. for the sustained professional performance in research and its diffusion.


  1. to deepen and to structure advanced competences in the professional and academic domains;
  2. to develop interdisciplinary knowledge, regarding the studies developed in both university institutions, in order to favour the analysis and the intervention in technologically mediated information and communication contexts;
  3. to favour the exercise of research guided by innovation and academic excellence patterns, as for its conception, management and disclosure;
  4. to stimulate the continuous systematization and the original knowledge production and respective national and international disclosure, in academic communities recognized in the Communication Sciences and Informations Sciences domains;
  5. to promote the contact and the cooperation with national and international researchers of recognized competence in the course’s domains;
  6. to stimulate the development of lifelong learning competences.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal | Webpage at University of Aveiro

  Applications calendar and number of vacancies
  Selection criteria - Applicants will be selected by the Scientific Commission of the programme, taking into account the following parameters:
  • Academic curriculum
  • Scientific curriculum
  • Professional curriculum
  • Objectives and motivation to enroll in the programme
  • Interest in researc work leading to the doctoral thesis in, at least, one of the following subjects:
    • Information organization and representation
    • Informational behaviour
    • Communication processes in new media
    • Participatory media applications (Science communication; Education and Training; Active     ageing; Tourism; Interactive TV; Videogames)
    • An interview may also be required as suplementary criteria


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: icpd@letras.up.pt
For administrative questions
- contact the Academic Management Office: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Office: sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5591
Director: Armando Malheiro
Acronym: ICPD
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of studies: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Information and Communication in Digital Platforms (180 ECTS credits)
  • Doctoral Course in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms (60 ECTS credits)

Main Scientific Areas

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