Profile of the programme
Seventy per cent of all technical innovations are directly or indirectly linked to materials. This percentage has
been increasing since 1970 and is forecast to continue increasing steadily until 2030. Advanced Materials have
been identified by the European Commission as one of the five Key Enabling Technologies
The doctoral program proposed on Advanced Materials and Processing is in-line with this reality, offering a
widely interdisciplinary 3rd Cycle, built from the competence and experience of the research institutions and
academic departments involved
The program is tuned with high ranking European Universities, Institutes and running European PhD network
programs, turning so the graduates more competitive worldwide and in particular in Europe, besides opening
routes of R&D collaboration of the personnel involved, strengthen so Portuguese competitiveness towards
European R&D projects and networking.
Key learning outcomes
The main objective of this 3rd Study Cycle is to ensure that the holder of this degree is equipped with the
• Argument well-grounded in the most current scientific knowledge
• Conscious attitude on issues of ethics and social science
• Proactive attitude in knowledge transfer 'from laboratory to industry'
• Responsible attitude on issues of sustainable applications of materials and associated technologies
• Good joint working, group work / individual initiatives
• Good planning, execution and analysis of experimental work
• Advanced knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering
• Habit of keeping track of the frontiers of knowledge
• Implementation of innovative solutions to complex problems in Materials Engineering
• Integrated and critique view of Science and Engineering materials and their applications
• Dominance of the methods and ability to perform research
Occupational profiles of graduates
Ensuring the training of specialists with strong innovation and promotion of technological progress capabilities, in the area of Advanced Materials and Processing, this doctoral program has as professional outputs teaching and/or scientific research careers as well as integration into the labor market in areas ranging from various industries (ceramics and glass, polymers and molds, automotive and aerospace, metal mechanics, electronics and computers, etc.) in R&D+i and technology development, production, quality control, regulatory and technology transfer to consulting. Among the skills with which it is intended to endow young doctors are: critical thinking, conceptual autonomy and entrepreneurship, enhancing the possible creation of new businesses.
All the facilities available in the participating schools, namely teaching spaces, library, laboratories, computer
rooms, refectory and sportive facilities will be available for the novel Study Cycle.
All the equipment existing in the laboratories of the participating schools (FTIR, DSC, GPC, SEM, TEM, XRD, XRF,
AFM, Raman, NMR, Rheometers, processing equipment, microscopes, equipment for mechanical and electrical
characterization, only to name a few) will be available to be used by the students of the novel Study Cycle.
The existing demonstrators, computers and software will also be available to be used in the framework of the
novel Study Cycle.
Requirements and regulations (assessment and graduation)
UBI Regulations [PT]
Please, see memorandum of understanding between the various universities and regulation of the cycle of studies attached.