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Back Materials Engineering (Doctorate) 2022/2023


Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
8 curricular semesters
Azurém Campus, Guimarães (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Material Science and Engineering


    School of Engineering
    Campus de Azurém
    4800-058 Guimarães

    Tel: +351 253510179 / 253510160 Fax: +351 253510178


The program is organized according to the following principles:
- to complete the training of master and 1st cycle degree holders in the areas of Sciences and Engineering, granting advanced training in emergent areas of Materials Engineering, namely regarding innovation and development of materials/products, technologies and processes for new applications.
- to develop research methodology and experimentation skills which allow the autonomous development (either individually or within a research team) of research and development (R&D) activities covering all aspects of the R6D process: revision of the state-of-the-art, project planning, selection and application of research methods and procedures, writing R&D results reports.

Key learning outcomes

The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows to:
1. perform original research activity on Materials Science field that contributes to the enlargement of frontiers of knowledge, respecting the demands imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
2. evaluate new and complex ideas by integrating them into projects;
3. develop R&D projects either in academic or industrial environment;
4. solve challenges and problems in a structured and rigorous manner and to properly address multidisciplinary engineering problems;
5. have a proactive attitude towards change, framing it in the context of economic development and international competitiveness;
6. succinctly and rationally communicate the results of their work to technical and/or general audiences;
7. work in a team and network, acquire a citizenship awareness and realize the importance of eco-sustainable action.
Thus, it can be said that the training profile of future PhDs holders in Materials Engineering will lead to highly qualified professionals, possessing the knowledge, skills and competencies of permanent value required by the Knowledge Society. The PhD holders in Materials Engineering will be easily able to integrate companies and organizations.

Access to higher education

The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level.


The holders of PhD degree in Materials Engineering will acquire proper skills for to take positions of responsibility in the development and coordination of scientific research, both in the industrial as in technical-scientific research systems in the field of Materials Engineering (automotive and aeronautic, electronics, metallurgy, ceramics and glass, biomaterials, thin films, etc).






Access forms

Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the Academic Portal of the University of Minho:
This information does not replace enquiry of the Academic Regulations of the University of Minho and other official documents.

Formal requirements

1. To be considered for admission the applicants must either:- MsC in Materials Engineering holders or a related fields;- BsC in Materials Engineering (or equivalent) and have a specially relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum- have a very relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum.
2. Are also admitted to apply for the Doctoral Program in Materials Engineering candidates that follows the requirements in paragraphs a) to c) of paragraph 1 of Article 7/Doctoral Program in Materials Engineering, and the candidates that follows the requirements of the subparagraphs b) and c) of paragraph 1 of Article 30 of Decreto-Lei 74/2006 of 24 March.
3. Access requirements - Enrolment on the Degree Course requires that students have received training previous on Materials Science and Engineering (minimum 30 ECTS).

Aditional Information

Study Plan

Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 15
S1 Thesis Project in Materials Engineering CEM 15
Year 1 2 3 4 225
QA Thesis CEM 225


A3ES Accreditation status:
Resolution publication date:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2394/2011/AL01
Registry Date:
Accreditation validity: