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Welcome to the website of SES focus area of the MIT Portugal program at the

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto


PhD Program AND COURSE of Advanced STUDIES on

Sustainable Energy Systems



PhD course, first phase (10 vacancies): until April 15th

PhD course*, second phase (2 vacancies): until July 15th

CEA course*, first phase (10 vacancies): until June 15th

CEA course*, second phase (2 vacancies): until September 6th


* Applications for the CEA course (both calls) and for the second call of the PhD course cannot be considered for scholarships.

Only the applications for the first phase of the PhD course can.



Ø   Further information and application online form at the MIT Portugal main site



PhD Program AND COURSE of Advanced STUDIES on

Sustainable Energy Systems

at the


In cooperation with

FCUL - Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon,

ISEG - Superior Institute of Economics and Management of the Technical University of Lisbon,

IST – Technical Superior Institute of the Technical University of Lisbon

UC – University of Coimbra

MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • The PhD program consists in one curricular year (60 ECTS) and three years of research leading to a dissertation (120** ECTS), and grants the degree of Doctor in Sustainable Energy Systems.
  • The Course of Advanced Studies (Curso de Estudos Avançados - CEA) consists in one curricular year (60 ECTS). Students graduating from CEA may later apply to enter the PhD course for a thesis phase if willing so.

** under tentative restructuring to 180 ECTS


The mission of the Educational Program on Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) is to promote a new generation of sustainability aware leaders in Energy Systems, and to generate and communicate new knowledge in energy systems core areas. Our focus is on combining a multidisciplinary effort at the levels of energy systems analysis and conception, in the context of Sustainable Development.

Graduate level training in SES prepares students to do research that will:

• Create new knowledge through R&D, promoting innovative product development and technology integration in sustainable energy systems where energy demand is fulfilled with a minimum use of non-renewable natural resources, considering an wide diversity of situations across the globe;

• Promote new forms of interaction between universities and enterprises, government, and society for the identification and implementation of sustainable energy policies and technological innovations.


PhD students will be engaged into research projects and units of FEUP-based R&D institutes such as INESC-PORTO and INEGI. Students will be encouraged to network with MIT Portugal students in other MPP centres and students with a FCT grant may enjoy the possibility of prolonged stays at the MIT.


Core Areas

FEUP participates in all the three main R&D areas of the MPP SES program:

  • Energy Systems Planning and Policy
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Advanced Electric Networks

FEUP and its associate R&D institutes INESC Porto and INEGI Porto develop original Research on the core areas above through fundamental and applied research to Cities, to Advanced Electric Grids and to the Built Environment in the perspective of Energy Sustainability.


Target Students

The courses are open for holders of a Master degree, graduated in Mechanical, Electrical or other Engineering or Natural Sciences degrees recognized as relevant by the Scientific Commission of the program.



The director of the Sustainable Energy Systems focus area of the MIT Portugal Program at FEUP is Professor Manuel Matos, from the Department of Electrical and Computers Engineering.


Curricular plan

The curricular plan of the SES DAE and PhD accommodates a wide variety of study areas, covering the three areas of the SES program: Energy Planning and Policy, Sustainable Built Environment and Advanced Electric Networks. The detailed curricular plan for each student is jointly defined in early September after an interview.


In 2014/15 the courses open for registration were as follows:


Offer of courses in 2014/15

Year 1 Semester 1


Energy, Environment and Sustainability


Optional (students must choose three courses)



Energy Planning

Introduction to  Economics*

Markets and Regulation

Signals, Dynamics and Control

Year 1 Semester 2



Optional (students must choose three courses)



Energy Demand Side Management

Optimization and Decision Support Techniques

Energy in Buildings*

Electrical Systems with Renewables

* - Courses offered in common with the UL –University of Lisbon.

Students may also choose courses of other FEUP Master or PhD courses when approved by the Scientific Commission.



At FEUP, classes typically run 3 days per week, from Tuesday to Thursday. Three of the four classes are taught from 18.00h to 20.00h, the 4th class will run from 16:00 to 18:00, during an afternoon in which there is already a class at 18.00h.



Candidacy requirements:

  • Fluency in English: all MIT Portugal programs are conducted in English.
  • Doing the GRE General Exam is optional but will be considered favourably in the evaluation of the applications.
  • Evaluation of candidates may involve an interview in English, which may take place in person or via videoconference.
  • Statement of interest (motivation letter) in English (more details below).
  • Two letters of reference in English.
  • Proof of prior academic achievement.
  • Standard biographical details.


Important links


Important notes:

  • The application for entrance in the academic program and the application for obtaining FCT scholarships are formally two independent processes. Typically only the top 20% of the students accepted for the PhD program receive an FCT PhD grant.
  • Students may apply to the educational program without applying to an FCT scholarship.
  • The results of the GRE exam ( may take about 2 weeks to be known;
  • When applying the candidate can indicate the schools of preference.


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Beginning of the AcaDEMIC activities

The academic year typically starts in the 4th week of September.


Course fee

The detailed policy of course fees can be found here.

Typically it varies between a minimum of 3000 Euros and a maximum of 6000 Euros per year. For students with FCT grant the FCT pays the tuition fee.



Candidates are free to search and select their accommodation. However, some useful information can be provided:

  • There is a department from the University of Porto assisting on accommodation at public university residences. More information at the website
  • The University of Porto also has a service which may provide access to a database of private accommodation to rent. Please contact or +351 220 408 174 if you wish so.
  • There is also a private university residence - WORLDSPRU. More information at the website
  • You can also rent a flat and even share it with other students. You may stay for a few days at a youth hostel/hotel and find suitable accommodation after your arrival. It's quite common to find flats for rent all over the city, and the prices vary according to the location or the conditions being offered. In Porto the Youth Hostel is located in Rua Paulo da Gama, 551 – 4169-006. Reservations can be made by phone (+351 226 177 257) or


Ø  Access the main site of FEUP


Ø  Access the main site of MIT


Contact the MIT Portugal SES focus area at FEUP


Latest update: February 23rd 2015