Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering

Universidade de Aveiro
Program overview
3 years
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Portuguese, English

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About this program

Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest technical-scientific areas of knowledge assuming a predominant role in the majority of the industrial activities. However, manufacturing and process industries over the world are facing unprecedented competitiveness challenges. Companies must provide new solutions and products at an ever-increasing rate, being flexible to meet changing market conditions as fast as possible. Moreover, it is fundamental to maximize productivity by reducing waste and energy consumption and by optimizing existing physical assets and human resources. The PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro aims to contribute to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and technological challenges in the Mechanical Engineering field.

The researchers undergoing a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering tackle areas from:

  • Fluids and Thermal Engineering;
  • Structural Mechanics;
  • Mechanical Technology;
  • Robotics and Industrial Automation;
  • Product Engineering;
  • Biomechanics;
  • Nanosciences and Nanoengineering.

Cooperation and mobilizing programs with International Academic Institutions and with the industrial sector have been carried out successfully and are continuously encouraged. Moreover, the research carried out by Lecturers and Researchers currently involved in the Program has been the subject of wide national and international recognition. The Doctoral Program is well involved within the R&D activities of the Research Unit, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA).

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

1st Semester

  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Seminar

2nd Semester

Thesis project preparation

Year 2

Thesis (2nd year)

Year 3

Thesis (3rd year)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees 2022/2023: 2750€€/year
  • International tuition fees 2022/2023: 2750€€ /year

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About this institute

Universidade de Aveiro

Join an international community with people from 96 countries, studying, researching and living together in one of the cities with best quality of life in Portugal. Universidade de Aveiro is globally recognized by the quality of its teaching and researching...

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Why study at Universidade de Aveiro

Why is Universidade de Aveiro the your next best step?

  • Teaching and research experiences of excellence: here in Aveiro, you will find some of the best teachers, known internationally for their field work, investigation methods and results and 20 research centers evaluated with incredible remark.
  • Intercultural environment: in a universe of over 90 nationalities, you can expect to see, feel and live cultures from all around the globe. Besides all the Intercultural events (more than 80 in 2019), you can count on a team fully dedicated to help you in any matters related to your studies and living abroad circumstances.
  • Learn for the future: it is a modern university, with excellent infrastructures to learn and to start developing your career today. The university’s interdisciplinary atmosphere is crucial for the growth of critical knowledge and to develop towards society.
  • Academic support: Universidade de Aveiro offers to its international students’ programs that allow them to get familiar with Portuguese language or level their knowledge on core subjects like Mathematics.
  • International cooperation and mobility: While studying in Aveiro, you can take advantage of numerous mobility programs that will take your education experience to a whole different level, while living in a new country, meeting new people and learning new skills. Universidade de Aveiro also has cooperation agreements with hundreds of international institutions.
  • Young and vibrant city: A medium sized city, with a low cost of life, capable of combining both amazing natural places, such as beaches, mountains and rivers and, at the same time, renowned innovation & tech events, projects and centers.

Contact info

Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

Phone no: +351+351 234 370 200

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