The current Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering (PRODEC) is the result a renovation of FEUP’s training structures, both in terms of working methods and of their respective contents, in line with the commitments made within the context of the so-called Bologna Process.

PRODEC thus takes on the role of a third-cycle education program, which shows the trends established in the European space, stemming from the intense scientific, technical and political discussion that characterized the first five years of the XXI century and which culminated in the important academic movement that reorganized higher education: The Bologna Process.

Study Plan


(a) A choice must be made out of the range of course units from the scientific area of Civil Engineering within the following Table - chosen branch of specialization;
(b) A choice must be made out of the range of course units within the following Table, these must be from different scientific sub-areas of Civil Engineering. Other course units taught in other doctoral programs in civil engineering of any other national or foreign university can be chosen, as long as approved by the Scientific Commission of the Program;
(c) Any course unit taught at UP outside the scope of the Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering (including those offered in the following Table) can be chosen here, as well as other course units of other doctoral programs of any other national or foreign university, as long as it has the approval of the Scientific Committee of the Program;
(d) Estimate for 20 ECTS;
(e) Estimate for 5 ECTS;
(f) Estimate for 5 ECTS.

Access conditions

Holders of a master degree or legal equivalent.
Holders of a bachelor's degree who show a particularly outstanding academic or scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting the individual’s ability to carry out this cycle of studies.
Holders of a scientific, professional or school curriculum, recognized by the Scientific Committee as attesting the individual’s ability to carry out this cycle of studies.


Number of vacancies

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Humberto Salazar Amorim Varum

Doctoral program in civil engineering


General Objectives
Those who finish FEUP’s doctoral program in Civil Engineering are able to promote scientific development and technological innovation in the field of Civil Engineering, not only in higher education institutions and research laboratories, but also in public institutions and companies, whether in Portugal or abroad. The increasing importance of the construction sector, along with the public works and transport sectors, in terms of employment and competitiveness, calls for skilled human resources, researchers in particular. Only so can the productive activity of these sectors accompany the modern society’s rhythm of demand.

Learning objectives (knowledge, skills and competences)

FEUP’s Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering aims to enable the systematic understanding of a scientific field of study, develop skills, abilities and methods associated with this scientific area, enabling the independent conception, planning and execution of scientific research and technological development while respecting the high standards of internationally recognized academic quality and integrity, in order to contribute to the broadening of knowledge and national or international dissemination of those works that merit it.
Doctoral students are also expected to be able to communicate with peers, as well as with the rest of the academic community and society in general about the area in which they specialize.