The Doctoral Programme is organized in two blocks centred in the students. The first block coincides with the first year and aims to the thesis work programme definition. It consists on a series of tutorial courses, selected by the student, which will set solid foundations in the areas of physics where the thesis intersects. The tutorial nature of the courses allows a more student-centres research-oriented approach of the subjects. In parallel, an important effort will be devoted in reviewing the state-of-the-art of the thesis specific domain, thesis work programme definition and initial research if time permits.

The second block – thesis – takes place in the following years. Here the work programme is implemented with the goal of thesis defence. The student is expected to participate in journal clubs, seminars, schools, workshops and conferences in the area of research. The work developed will be presented in international conferences (orally or in posters), published in ISI proceedings and ISI peer reviewed journals. Although the student undertakes supervised research, the aim is to become an autonomous researcher executing original research.

The supervisor is from Porto University, a co-supervisor can be present from external universities.

The research takes place in one or two host institutions. The host institution is typically a National Science Foundation (FCT) research unit or a foreign/international organization meeting comparable research standards. The student is expected to be integrated in an active research group, to actively contribute to the research group activities, to have an international network of contacts/collaborators and to have access to the resources required to complete successfully the proposed research programme.

Throughout the programme the student can follow complementary skills courses on areas s/he deems relevant, such as scientific writing and publishing or entrepreneurship, among many others.


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