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University of Coimbra - Doctoral Programme in Information Science and Technology

Offered by the University of Coimbra in collaboration with Macao Polytechnic University

Application period: 2021/10/18 - 10/29


This doctoral programme aims to provide students with advanced scientific training in the field of Information Science and Technology and the corresponding research methods in order to prepare them to conduct scientific research of the highest quality autonomously in multiple contexts. Recognizing that the multiplicity of interdisciplinary spaces in which the area plays a major role, the programme provides many opportunities to carry out research projects of high scientific potential and high impact. Students will be integrated in a vibrant international research environment involving the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra and the Macao Polytechnic University, powered by dozens of funded research projects and international research networks.

Mode of Study

Part time


3 years



Teaching Medium


Teaching Location

Macao Polytechnic University

Study Plan

Subject Type Hour Credit
1st Year
Thesis Project Compulsory 810 30
Research Methods I Compulsory 162 6
Research Methods II Compulsory 162 6
Selected Topics I Compulsory 243 9
Selected Topics II Compulsory 243 9
2nd Year and 3rd Year
Thesis Compulsory 3240 120
Note:In order to fulfill the graduation requirement, students must complete 180 credits and pass the defense of thesis.

Application Requirements

The following applicants may apply to the programme:

  1. Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent who have proven base preparation in Science and Information Technologies;
  2. The Portuguese holders of a bachelor's degree in the area referred to in a), with a final classification of at least 16 values whose title has been obtained in light of the legislation previous to Law no.49/2005, of August 30, as well as foreign candidates holding equivalent qualifications, who are recognized as attesting capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra;
  3. Holders of a scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra.


Application is subject to the payment of a 50 EUR fee. The amount of tuition fee to be settled by students will be MOP 90,000 in the first year and MOP 50,000 in each subsequent year.


Applicants must send the following documents to within the application period. Please make sure items 1 to 5 being sent in ONE single PDF file.

  1. Curriculum vitae, which must include but not limited to the following personal information:

    • Name
    • Nationality
    • Number of Identity card or passport, issue country, place and date of issuing and validity date
    • Email address
    • Gender
    • Birth date
    • Photo
    • Address, country, city, state/region, postal code
    • Other contact (email address, mobile phone)
    • Highest academic qualification, country of course completion, conclusion date, final grade
  2. BSc and MSc diplomas and official transcripts
  3. Identity card or passport
  4. Motivation letter, written by the candidate
  5. The scores of the GRE General Test and TOEFL tests (not mandatory)
  6. Two recommendation letters (Template), which must be endorsed and sent by the recommenders to (Subject: Recommendation Letter), clearly saying the name of the applicant and the programme he/she is applying to.
Note 1:If the documents mentioned above are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, French, and English, it is mandatory to present a translation to Portuguese undertaken by a translator recognised by the Portuguese diplomatic representation. The submission of the authenticated original documents is mandatory to the applicants admitted who enroll and register and must be done before enrolling in the programme in order to complete their personal file.
Note 2:CV assessment includes an individual interview to all applicants, which can be done through Skype or similar means. Applicants are informed of the date and time of the interview by email. Whenever necessary, alternative contacts may be used (telephone and Skype).


Admitted applicants are required to complete the registration procedures of the University of Coimbra and Macao Polytechnic University.

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