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Transport Systems

Transport Systems

Doctoral Degree
IST Técnico Lisboa
In Association 
Com outras Instituições de Ensino Superior
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 39/2010
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



This is a doctoral program offered jointly by IST, the faculties of Engineering of Porto and Coimbra Science and Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge-Boston-USA, within the scope of the first two phases of the international MIT Portugal program. This link is now, in this 3rd phase (2018-2023), made directly through funded research projects. The program was thought to allow formation of broad spectrum, able to become a world reference and attract the best students from around the world.

The DPTS covers all relevant transportation system themes, from transportation policy, planning, and management to infrastructure design, construction, and maintenance, for the various spatial levels (from international to urban/local) and the different transportation modes (air, water, land – rail, transit, car, bicycle, and walk).


The Doctoral Program in Transportation Systems (DPTS) is designed to prepare students for transportation-related careers in academia, including teaching and advanced research, as well as professional practice careers in both public and private sectors. Upon completion of the program, students will be intellectual leaders within their chosen fields and organizations.

The goal of the program is to prepare students to become leading actors in the transportation world by providing excellence and innovation in teaching and research through:
• Providing a solid scientific education covering both methodological approaches and institutional factors required to understand the transportation enterprise as an intermodal integrated system;
• Conducting cutting-edge research for the development of a world-class transportation system for passengers and freight for Portugal that can serve as a model for the rest of Europe though multi-disciplinary research collaborations between Portugal, MIT and with European universities and outside Europe;
• Working with industrial, government, and laboratory collaborators to provide added value to the program through research collaboration and teaching involvement.

Career prospects 
Top roles in public administration entities and companies operating in the transport systems area, research careers and higher education.
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) 
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