Doutoramento em Engenharia Eletrotécnica e de Sistemas Inteligentes



Doctoral Degree




Course Objectives

This cycle of doctoral studies aims to provide advanced scientific training in the area of Electrical Engineering and Intelligent Systems. The great evolutionary dynamics verified in this field of knowledge shows that, currently, Intelligent Systems are pervasive in the state-of-the- art of the various areas that make up the scientific universe of Electrical Engineering, namely:


  • Automation and Robotics
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Energy
  • Materials and Devices
  • Telecommunications


Doctorates in Electrotechnical Engineering and Intelligent Systems are qualified to perform functions in sectors that require high scientific and technological competence in the areas of specialization covered, namely in higher education, in laboratories and research institutes, in industrial and services and public administration. In order to achieve these skills, doctoral students are encouraged to innovate, research and permanently update their skills with a view to internationalization and the strengthening of national technological capacity. The research work carried out by these students is strongly interconnected with the activities of the associated R&D Units, recognized by the FCT, namely ISR-Coimbra, IT–Coimbra, INESC Coimbra, and CEMUC, and, whenever possible, related with R&D projects contracted through the UC or associated institutionst.

Doctoral Degree

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Curricular Units (12 ECTS)

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 Candidates for a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering must have a master's degree in an area of engineering or science such as:


  • Electrical engineering 
  • Electronics
  • Computing
  • Telecommunications
  • Physics
  • Physics Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Autonomous Robotic Systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Mechanics
  • Industrial Management Engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Aeronautic engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Other interface áreas

Conditions of Access and Admission

1. The following may apply for access to the cycle of studies leading to the doctoral degree: 


  • Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent
  • Holders of a bachelor's degree, holders of an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognised as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra
  • Holders of an academic, scientific, or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra
  •  The recognition referred to in subparagraphs b) and c) of paragraph 1 only has the effect of granting access the study cycle leading to a doctorate degree, and it does not confer to its holder the equivalence of a bachelor's or master's degree, or its recognition

Professional Opportunities

Qualification for applying and working in higher education institutions, in the areas of specialization of the course and develop professional activity that requires high skills related to R&D in public and private laboratories and research institutes, in industrial and service companies, and in public administration, regional and local, namely:



  • Electric production, transport, distribution, and energy management companies
  • Industrial automation companies
  • Robotics companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Companies specializing in electromechanical systems
  • Electronics and microsystems companies
  • Artificial intelligence systems companies 
  • Instrumentation companies
  • Industrial maintenance companies
  • Design and audit companies
  • Smart material and sensor companies
  • Software development companies
  • Research áreas

Testimonials from former students

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