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Physics Engineering

Physics Engineering

Doctoral Degree
IST Técnico Lisboa
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Ef 2144/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) offers a PhD Program in Physics Engineering (PDEFT) covering some areas of expertise of its professors and researchers, in close connection with the research units associated with the Department of Physics:
• Centre for Astrophysics and Gravitation (CENTRA)
• Centre of Physics and Engineering of Advanced Materials (CeFEMA)
• Centre for Theoretical Particle Physics (CFTP)
• Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (C2TN)
• INESC Microsystems and Nanotechnologies (INESC-MN)
• Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN)
• Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP)

The main areas of the PDEFT are:
• Astrophysics and Gravitation
• Plasmas Physics, Nuclear Fusion, Photonics and Intense Lasers;
• Physics of Condensed Matter, Nanotechnology and Solid State Physics;
• Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.

Other areas of research within the Department of Physics (e.g. Renewable Energies) are also covered by the PhD Program.

The PhD Program in Physics Engineering together with the PhD Program in Physics integrate the 3rd study cycle of higher education courses resulting from the Bologna Agreement. They complement the undergraduate training the 1st and 2nd cycles (Bachelor and Master) in Physics Engineering.


The PhD Program in Physics Engineering is designed to provide advanced knowledge and research capabilities into subjects involving applications in physical and physical engineering, consistent with the expertise available in the Department of Physics of IST. The graduates of PDEFT are exposed to advanced experimental techniques in plasma physics, intense lasers, optics, nanotechnologies and nuclear and particle physics, including data acquisition systems, real time control measurements, instrumentation, and micro and nanofabrication techniques (see curriculum).

After completing their PhD, graduates of this program are expected to have acquired the ability to perform autonomous scientific work in their particular field of study, expanding the frontiers of knowledge with their original research to the highest standards of quality and integrity. These graduates should promote academic, professional, technological, social and cultural progress, in interaction with the academic community and the society at large.

Career prospects 
The graduates in Physics Engineering can integrate research units and R&D laboratories, namely with enterprises, in Portugal or abroad, in the public or the private sectors. These graduates are highly qualified researchers to work in large institutions of research and technological development: European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); European Southern Observatory (ESO); European Space Agency (ESA); Joint European Torus (JET); International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The PhDs in Physics Engineering can also follow an academic career as Professors of higher education, in national or international universities.

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
The access rule for this study cycle are exactly the same that apply to all other doctoral programmes at IST, corresponding to the legal requirements in art. 30 do DL 74/2006, of March 24th
Fee – 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative) 

International Access

Fee - 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative)