Rules and structure

Admission criteria

The official Terms of Admission mentions the need to have a Master's degree (MA or MSc) or equivalent. Also the admission papers must be introduced correctly on-line. The final criterium is a personal interview.


The PhD programme has a registration in the Directorate General of High Education (DGES):

  • Registo n.º R/A-Ef 3062/2011/AL01 em 06/07/2017
Has an accreditation at the national Agency for the High Education (A3ES):
  • Accreditation in 14/01/2016, for 6 years
  • From 2022 the programme will be discontinued

Collaboration with other institutions

The PhD programme has two type of collaborations: with foreign institutions and with national institutions. These collaborations exist to supply student's competences. They are either scientific due to contact with other experienced experts, or through social competences needed to present and compare interim results between students and foreign researchers. The PhD programm has several collaborations with foreign institutions, such as:

Criteria for supervision of PhD students

The PhD students propose a topic for a thesis at the end of the 1st semester. Although some students are already working together with some supervisors in their research institutions, companies or organisations, the Programme coordinator can suggest supervisors. These supervisors will be approved by the programme's Scientific Board and will integrate the Thesis Steering Committee (CAT) of each student. It is recommended that one supervisor is an expert in the adressed technology, and the other a technology assessment (TA) expert.

Curricular Structure (version 1, 2009-15)

The PhD Programme on "Technology Assessment" is organised over a 4 year structure, and the training courses are distributed during the first 2 years but with 60 ECTS like the other PhD programmes. During that period is supposed to start the research process leading to the final thesis.

Curricular Structure (version 2, 2016-22)

The PhD Programme on "Technology Assessment" is organised over a 4 year structure, and the training courses are distributed during the first year with 60 ECTS like the other PhD programmes. During that period is supposed to start the research process leading to the final thesis.

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Enquadramento e objectivos

O Doutoramento em Avaliação de Tecnologia (PDAT) foi aprovado em 2009 e iniciou a sua 1ª edição no ano lectivo 2009/2010. O programa visa preparar investigadores e especialistas com capacidade para a realização de actividade de investigação interdisciplinar autónoma e de liderança em processos de inovação e tem por objecto o estudo das metodologias e dos processos de análise de impactos tecnológicos, bem como dos processos de desenvolvimento da tecnologia e da inovação no contexto mais geral de integração no quadro europeu e internacional.

European Doctorate diploma regulations

The European Doctorate diploma is approved by the EUA (European University Association) and can be delivered to those that have been approved in the final examination of the PhD programme on TA. The conditions for that areexpressed in the regulations published by the Universidade Nova Lisbon here:


The PhD programme (PDAT) has a Scientific Board with the programme coordinator, president of the department responsible for the programme and professors that are lecturing at the programme and belong to other departments. This board is approved by the department (DCSA) scientific board and by the Faculty Dean. Their names are the following:

Language selection

Several Erasmus agreements were established to atract international students, such as in Germany, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Belgium, Lithuania. New collaborative links are under preparation with Russian Federation, United States, Canada and Japan. The programme have received some students from other countries, such as Brazil, Lithuania, Turkey and Austria.

News from Alumni


  • First PhD thesis on Technology Assessment to be approved: from Ana Clara Cândido (Brazil) on open innovation and cloud computing for SME
  • Isabel Rosa was the second student to have her PhD thesis on TA approved, and the first one in the field of Health technology assessment
  • Nuno Boavida was the author of the third PhD thesis on TA and the first student to obtain the diploma of Doctor Europaeus (investigação feita na UNL e no KIT)

PhD students thesis

Delivered theses

Not yet delivered theses

Reading labs

The PhD programme Reading Labs has a specific webpage. This webpage intends to gather all texts, comments and summaries prepared to the meetings of the Reading Labs of the PhD in Technology Assessment. To access contents of our Journal Club simply select above the Reading Lab you wish to read.

Research team per institution

Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais (CICS.Nova)

Antonio Paulo Brandao Moniz de Jesus - Coordinator of the FCT-UNL pole
Jose Maria Mendes Ribeiro de Freitas Albuquerque - Collaborator researcher
Susana Cristina dos Santos Gomes Martins Moretto - Collaborator researcher
Maria João Ferreira Maia - Collaborator researcher
Nuno Filipe França Gouveia Boavida - Integrated researcher

Selection and ranking criteria

The selection of students is mostly based on their curricula and the letter of intention. Ranking criteria is based on the Code of Administrative Procedure (CPA) and on the interviewing process. Since the programme is very specialised, although inter-disciplinary, there are not more student candidates as the numerus clausus established for each academic year. Nevertheless, a selection criteria is defined, and the student candidates receives information on the results of the selection procedure.