PhD Program in Design



Five full scholarships are available to applicants admitted to the course.

Please note that the scholarship application is a separate administrative process, abiding by FCT regulations. Please email us with any questions you may have.

Course applications will occur via FBAUP
Scholarship applications will occur via SP.UP
Details to follow.

The PhD in Design program is directed towards a variety of prospective students and researchers:

– Design students looking for a context that hosts advanced applied research within a web of cultural, scientific, industrial and civic partners.
– Design students looking for a “hub” research environment where their current research may be fully integrated into wider, long-term objectives.
– Design professionals willing to consolidate their abilities for conceptual thinking, scientific formulation and communication.
– Academics looking for a cross-disciplinary environment that can foster contemporary analysis, applied research, cultural entrepreneurship and the flourishing of new communication paradigms.

Candidates must hold a prior higher education degree in Design, the Arts and/or Communication. Alternatively, a degree in other relevant areas coupled with professional experience that is relevant in the Design field may be considered.

Applications will be supported by the following documents:

–       Letter of motivation: what the candidate considers will be his assets will be in the context of the PhD Program
–       CV
–       Transcript of prior grades (undergraduate and postgraduate)
–       List of publications and/or scientific activities (if any)
–       Portfolio of creative work (if applicable in the student’s specific context)
–       Proof of proficiency in English (written proficiency will be provided by the proposal – see below; verbal proficiency will be provided at the interview stage)
–       Research proposal (to be revised if admitted to the course).
The research proposal is not final, and intends to work as both proof of proficiency in scientific formulation, and a starting point in the mediation process between the candidate’s intent and the course philosophy. The proposal should be a succinct document (maximum one page per section), to be uploaded in PDF format, and should address the following topics:
.   research question
.   objectives
.   subscription of one course research area (see Streams)
.   state of the art
.   literature review
.   proposed methodology
.   main bibliography

Shortlisted candidates may be selected for an interview.

Questions? Email us.