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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the DPISE scientific area?

The Doctoral Program in Industrial and Systems Engineering (DPISE) is associated with the following scientific domains:

      • Industrial Management and Systems
      • Economics Engineering
      • Human Engineering
      • Optimization and Operational Research
      • Numerical Methods and Applied Statistics

Nevertheless, the diploma issued by the university to students that end the DPISE makes a unique reference to the scientific area of Industrial and Systems Engineering (Engenharia Industrial e de Sistemas).

Q: Which are the DPISE teachers’ main research areas?

DPISE Teachers are associated with two research centers from the University of Minho. The Algoritmi center (http://algoritmi.uminho.pt) and the CGIT center (http://www.cgit.uminho.pt). Additional information about the main research areas for both research centers can be obtained at:

Q: What is the DPISE duration?

DPISE is a program that takes three years to conclude (6 semesters), with a total of 180 ECTS. For additional information see the Syllabus in the DPISE webpage.

Q: When can I apply to the DPISE?

There are three periods to apply. The first period is usually in May, the second period is typically in August, and the third is in January.

Q: How can I apply to DPISE?

Additional information about applications can be obtained at:

http://www.eng.uminho.pt/Default.aspx?tabid=13&pageid=292&lang=en-US

Applications are submitted online at:

http://candidaturas.eng.uminho.pt/ccientifico/public/

Q: If I get admitted in January can I start attending classes immediately?

Yes. After being admitted to the DPISE, the individual planning is immediately prepared and approved, and students start attending classes immediately in the second semester (students first semester) that goes from February to July.

Q: How and when is my tutor settled?

The tutor is a teacher from the doctoral program, which is nominated by the directory board taking into consideration the research area where the student is expecting to conduct research. Tutorship includes the definition of the student’s individual research plan (curricular planning) and the development of a thesis plan under the courses Dissertation Planning (I, II, and III). The tutor is nominated right after the student’s admission to the DPISE, in the beginning of the first curricular year.

Q: Who defines my individual study planning and what courses am I supposed to take in DPISE?

Has already stated in the previous question, each student is assigned a tutor, who may become the future thesis research supervisor. Tutorship includes the student’s curriculum evaluation in order to define which courses are to be taken. These courses should complete the requested skills and formation needed for the student to accomplish the research to be undertaken in the following two years. In this first curricular year (with a total of 60 ETCS) the student may be dismissed from some courses, if some previous formation is to be credited.

Q: The courses already taken in my master degree can be credited?

Previous student’s formation can be credited if this additional formation was not requested to be admitted in the DPISE. For example, if a student holds a degree of 300 ECTS (previous to the Bologna System) and his curriculum vitae should enough quality to be admitted to the DPISE, then the master degree held previously to the Bologna System may be credited, as long as this formation is relevant for the research work to be undertaken in the DPISE.

On the other hand, if the student holds an Integrated Master degree, taken after the Bologna System, and since the master degree is requested to be admitted to DPISE, then no courses from the master degree can be credited.

Other formation to be credited is to be handled, case by case, by the directory board. This accreditation takes place only in the student’s first curricular year.

Q: What is an ECTS?

ECTS is an acronym for European Credit Transfer System. The work load for an average student in full time is 30 ECTS per semester. Additional information about the ECTS system can be obtained in the following links.

http://www.sri.uminho.pt/Default.aspx?tabindex=3&tabid=4&pageid=5&lang=eng

http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Estudantes/Processo%20de%20Bolonha/Objectivos/ECTS
(in Portuguese)

Q: My previous research work under a scholarship can be credited?

Yes. The DPISE directory board will issue a report about the credits, in accordance with the University regulation about Previous Formation Credits and Professional Experience, provided in an appendix to the Despacho RT-11/2009 (in Portuguese), available at Legislation. As an example, one year of full time work as a researcher, in a previous period to the doctoral program and after the degree required to the doctoral program application, is equivalent to 5 ECTS, as long as the research is considered relevant for the doctoral program project and clearly proven.

This accreditation takes place only in the student’s first curricular year.

Q: When do have I to prepare my doctoral thesis plan?

The research work to be done in the last two year has to be properly planned. In the first two semesters, students are requested to take the courses Dissertation Planning (I, II, and III). In these courses students are to prepare a research plan to be presented and discussed in front of a jury, which will approve and mark it. This process is further described at When and How to do.

Q: After my thesis plan gets approved what do I have to do?

After the thesis plan is approved, students should require to the Scientific Council (Conselho Científico) of the Engineering School the admission to the doctoral thesis. This admission process is further described at When and How to do.

Q: In addition to the supervisor, may I have a co-supervisor?

In some cases the tutor may advice a co-supervision by a teacher or researcher from outside the doctoral program staff, and even from an external university. The proposal is to be approved by the DPISE Directory Board. During the first year, and until the thesis plan approval, the co-supervisor may intervene in an informal way, since the student only has a tutor. The supervisor and co-supervisor are only formally nominated when the admission to the doctoral thesis is formalized.

Q: In summary, which are the most important dates during the 3 years of the doctoral program if I start DPISE in September?

Some of the presented dates in the table below serve only as guidance. During the development of the school year, students are informed about the true dates:

Year 0

Application

May (first period) and August (second period)

Year 1

Beginning of classes

First week of October

Enrollment and registration in the academic services

Last week of September / first week of October

Tutor nomination

First week of October

Study planning

Second week of October

Thesis planning (Course Dissertation Planning III)

First of July

Evaluation of the course Dissertation Planning III

July exam season

Admission to the doctoral thesis

July exam season

Year 2

First yearly report about the thesis planning

Fifth of September

Year 3

Second yearly report about the thesis planning

Fifth of September

Q: In summary, which are the most important dates during the 3 years of the doctoral program if I start DPISE in February?

Some of the presented dates in the table below serve only as guidance. During the development of the school year, students are informed about the true dates:

Year 0

Application

January (third period)

Year 1

Beginning of Classes

Last week of February

Enrollment and registration in the academic services

Third / fourth week of February

Tutor nomination

Last week of February

Study planning

First week of March

Thesis planning (Course Dissertation Planning III)

Fourth of January

Evaluation of the course Dissertation Planning III

February exam season

Admission to the doctoral thesis

February exam season

Year 2

First yearly report about the thesis planning

Thirty one of January

Year 3

Second yearly report about the thesis planning

Thirty one of January

Q: What criteria are used in the admission ranking of candidates to PDEIS?

Candidates are ranked by using the following set of criteria:

1. Academic Degree (taking into account the last degree mark)
2. Curriculum Vitae analysis
2.1. Research activity (taking into account the type and obtained results)
2.2. Teaching activity (taking into account the type of teaching (graduation or under-graduation level) and for how many years).
2.3. Professional activity (type, duration, and responsibility).
2.4. Complementarity education (post-graduated and other).

Q: Can I take my doctoral program in a part-time regime?

Yes, the doctoral program can be taken in part-time, using the double time of the full-time regime. It corresponds to an annual work of 30 ECTS. The fee is half the full-time fee plus an additional surcharge.


 
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