International Doctoral Programme in

SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

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International Doctoral Programme in SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

University of Minho (Portugal), together with several other universities, companies and not-for-profit organisations, including the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), is running an exciting and high-quality International Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Built Environment - iDiSBE.

The relationship of the partners with iDiSBE ascertains the possibility of benefiting from the contact and collaboration of experts from over the world, taking into consideration their experience on world-regional sustainable building problems and practices. The partnership includes the leaders of several national delegations of iiSBE and the organisers of the series of SBE conferences on Sustainable Built Environment (1998-2023).

News and Events

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Applications

Next Applications Phase for the Academic Year 2021/2022, will be open untill 10 December 2021

Admission Results Disclosure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Registration and Enrolment

PhD with course (doctoral programmes) initiated in the 1st semester of the academic year: 20 to 24 September

School Calendar

University of Minho School Calendar for Academic Year 2021/2022

Institutional Information EEUM

Institutional information, PhD Viva announcements, documents for download and other official documentation of the EEUM

Institutional Information UMinho

University of Minho is a Public Foundation governed by private law, under the legal Regime of Higher Education Institutes

A3ES Accreditation

The Agency is a private law foundation, established for an indeterminate period of time, with legal status and recognised as being of public utility.

Why Choose UMinho?

​The University of Minho is currently one of the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institutions, and is gradually becoming more prominent internationally. ​ The University was founded in 1973, and it is currently comprised of three campi: the Gualtar Campus, in Braga, and the Azurém and Couros Campi, in Guimarães. The University of Minho is a reference regarding high-quality education and learning, not only in a Portuguese context, but also on a European and global scale. As a pioneer in many areas of education, training and research, the University of Minho shows a great capacity to deliver change.

School of Engineering

Welcome to a world where science and technology are worked out in order to serve the society and to improve the quality of living. In fact, this is a School open to its social and economic environment, committed to convert the knowledge developed and spread by its departments in a powerful tool to support sustainable development. Founded in 1975, the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (EEUM) has been committed to the world of research, development and innovation and has a remarkable reputation as an international engineering higher education institution.

Civil Engineering Department

The Civil Engineering Department (DEC) is the Organic Unit of the organizational structure of the University of Minho to which the respective area of ​​knowledge corresponds. Over the years it has been consolidating its position at national and international level in several areas in which its teachers have excelled and developed research of excellence.

ISISE

The Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE) is a research unit funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), incorporating Universities of Coimbra and Minho as hosting institutions. In 2014, ISISE was evaluated by FCT - the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and graded EXCELLENT.

CTAC

The Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction (CTAC) is a research unit of the School of Engineering of University of Minho (UMinho), recognised by the “FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia” (Foundation for Science and Technology), associated to the Department of Civil Engineering (DEC), with whom it shares resources and namely human resources.

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Total UMinho Students

1700

Total UMinho PhD Students

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EEUM PhD Students

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iDiSBE Students

Programme

The main goal of the Doctoral Programme is to provide a high level specialized advanced training in order to develop in the Doctoral candidates the ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Sustainable Built Environment, through creative and autonomous investigation.

Objectives

The Built Environment has evolved to frame and facilitate nearly all human activities. Simultaneously, its constant expansion has become more and more harmful to the natural environment. The construction sector accounts for an estimated 40% of earth resources consumption and, therefore, has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainability. Urban development has special importance within the broader context of sustainability as well, while current trends predict that the number of urban dwellers will keep rising, reaching almost 5 billion by 2030 out of a world total of 8.1 billion.

The main objective of the doctoral programme is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of: design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration.

iDiSBE aims at providing a high level specialized advanced education in order to develop in the doctoral candidates the ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of sustainable built environment, through creative and autonomous investigation.

Structure and Contents

The international Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Built Environment (iDiSBE) has a duration of three academic years (180 ECTS credits).

At the end of the first semester of the first year, students must present a thesis project to a jury nominated by the Course Steering Committee, being the approval a necessary condition to continue the studies in the course. Throughout the Thesis, the student develops the various aspects of his/her theme and work plan, essentially promoting independent work, the search for knowledge and the development of critical thinking, synthesis and analysis skills. The students, being integrated in the research groups of the Research Centers of which their supervisors are part (ISISE and CTAC), will participate in the work meetings of the respective groups, in training actions and in seminars. Students are encouraged and provided to participate in national and international seminars and conferences in the specific area of the Thesis. The research work must allow the preparation of an original Thesis and the corresponding public presentation to a jury whose composition and assessment is governed by the Academic Regulation of the University of Minho (RAUM).

Curricular Units
For more information go to the Website of the School of Engineering

Admission

The admission requirements for students wishing to enrol in the Doctoral Programme are a Good Quality Master Degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or equivalent qualifications. Admission is subjected to the approval of the Doctoral Programme Committee and is based upon the applicant’s ability, motivation, recommendation letters and language skills. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates: TOEFL certificate paper based, TOEFL certificate internet based, IELTS certificate or other recognized language proficiency certificate.

The language of instruction and the language of examinations will be English. Courses (including course material), examinations and study counselling will be available in English..

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Tuition Fees

According to Dispatch RT-35/2021, the fees to be applied in the academic year 2021/2022 are presented:

2750/year

National Students

EU Countries

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3000/year

International Students

CPLP Countries

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3250/year

International Students

Other Countries

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Frequently Asked Questions

Easily find answers to your questions about the PhD

  • The admission requirements for students wishing to enrol in the Doctoral Programme are a Good Quality Master Degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or equivalent qualifications. Admission is subjected to the approval of the Doctoral Programme Committee and is based upon the applicant’s ability, motivation, recommendation letters and language skills. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates: TOEFL certificate paper based, TOEFL certificate internet based, IELTS certificate or other recognized language proficiency certificate.

  • Applications - Academic Year 2021/2022
    Next Applications Phase for the Academic Year 2021/2022, will be open untill 10 December 2021

    Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible because the numerus clausus for the academic year 2021/2022 is only 20.

  • 40€
    Payment through ATM (payment services), MB WAY service or Credit Card

  • Yes. The Number of available vacancies can be consulted on the EEUM website at: https://www.eng.uminho.pt/en/study/Pages/applications.aspx

  • Those interested must apply online at https://alunos.uminho.pt/PT/candidatos/Doutoramentos/ and submit the following documents:
    • A detailed Curriculum Vitae in English;
    • Photocopy of Citizen Card / Identity Card / Passport + VAT Number;
    • Authenticated copy of the Degree Certificates, which includes all the subjects taken and the final grades awarded;
    • Payment proof of application fee (http://store.uminho.pt/en/);
    • Certificate of English language;
    • Motivation Letter;
    • Recommendation letters;
    • Other documents the applicants may consider relevant for the evaluation of their application (publications, etc.)...

  • The recommendation and motivation letters can be freely written, attached to the documents and without any limit number.

  • The Admission Results can be consulted on the Academic Portal at: https://alunos.uminho.pt/EN/candidates/doctorsdegrees/Pages/default.aspx
    Admission Results Disclosure > 2021/2022 > School of Engineering > PhD in Sustainable Built Environment

  • No refund.

  • Registration and enrolment location
    Academic Portal
    The day before the beginning of the period for registration and enrolment, an e-mail message will be sent to the admitted applicants (to the e-mail address provided in the application process) with the login to access the Academic Portal.

    Necessary documents
    Civil and tax identification document
    Personal health booklet, with proof of valid anti-tetanus vaccine

    Registration and enrolment fees
    Registration and enrolment fees: 126 euros
    Students' Union fee (optional): 12 euros
    Payment through ATM (payment services), MB WAY service or Credit Card

    Additional information
    Students who were previously enroled in a PhD degree, and therefore already have a login and password to access the Academic Portal, should use their current password to perform their registration and enrolment in the degree in which they were admitted..

  • A limited number of scholarships will be available. The criterion to grant these scholarships is the relevant publications in international indexed journals of the field, developed during the 1st year

  • To pay your application fee before you log in, you must do your registration first.

    Please, go to: http://store.uminho.pt/en/
    First, you need to do your register;
    After, please, select EDUCATION > APPLICATIONS > PhD application fee payment - EEUM

    Customers will be able to pay with Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard) and ATM (Multibanco).

    If you decide to pay with a credit card, you can do it safely. In accordance with new security rules widely employed by VISA International and by MasterCard International, from the 1st of April 2001 all authorization requests to complete transactions using cards from these systems may be processed only by RedUnicre since the respective card's security code (CVV2/CVC2) is included among the elements provided.

    The security code is made up of 3 digits, found at the end of the number printed on the back of the card, on the right-hand side of the signature strip of all VISA cards.

    If you choose to pay by ATM, We'll send to your email the payment credentials (an entity, a reference and the amount of your purchase) that can be paid at any ATM (or Home Banking).

    Example:
    Entity: 10142
    Reference: 000 000 001
    Amount: € 10.00

  • Yes. In 10 instalments.

    More information in: https://alunos.uminho.pt/EN/students/Pages/InfoUteisPropinas.aspx

  • Tuition fees can be paid by ATM (payment of services), MB WAY service or Credit Card.
    In order to choose payment, you should access the Academic Portal by using your login and password, and in My Profile area click on Payments.

  • The request for public master’s or PhD exams must be prepared in advance, in order to ensure that, at the time of submission, your situation is regularized at UMinho and you have all the necessary documents, some of which depend on third parties (e.g., opinion of the (s) supervisors) or take some time to obtain (e.g., statement of academic progress, for PhD candidates only).

    This request is submitted through the Electronic Desk at Academic Portal, option Request for Public Examination.

    More information in: https://alunos.uminho.pt/EN/students/Pages/requerimentoprovas.aspx

  • TID - Identificador Único de Tese | Thesis Unique Identifier

  • The TID number can be consulted at RENATES - Registo Nacional de Teses e Dissertações
    More information in: https://renates2.dgeec.mec.pt/