The doctoral degree is the highest degree achieved at IST. The doctorate is not only providing experience and expertise to follow an academic and/or research career in industry, but also promotes leadership skills, breadth of knowledge and mental flexibility. In this context, the doctoral program in materials engineering offers an advanced and rich educational experience, which is rigorous, challenging and of high value for a future career involving the application of knowledge in any materials related field. The program will develop expertise, depth, confidence and creativity to solve problems, as well as advanced knowledge in materials science and engineering. The Materials Engineering Ph.D. program fits within the 3rd cycle of Higher Studies established by the Law Decree 74/2006.