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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 Systems Design & Management
      • Lean Production Systems
      • Supply-chain Logistics and Transportation Systems
      • Economics and Management of Engineering Systems
      • Ergonomics and Human Factors
      • Linear and Integer Programming
      • Nonlinear and Multi-objective Optimization
      • Mathematical Modelling of Dynamic Systems
      • 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?

For information about application dates, please follow the link Applications.

Q: How can I apply to DPISE?

Additional information about applications can be obtained at:


Q: How and when is my tutor settled?

The tutor is a teacher from the doctoral program, who is nominated by the directory board based on the student research interests. Tutorship includes the development of the thesis project under the course Thesis Project on Industrial Engineering Systems. The tutor is nominated right after the student’s admission to the DPISE, at the beginning of the 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.


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Q: Can I use my professional experience and/or previous academic training as Credits?

The DPISE directory board will analyse this requests according to legal framework, namely the Academic Regulation of University of Minho (RAUM) and Decreto-Lei n.º 65/2018.

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

The research work to be done has to be properly planned. In the first semester, students are requested to take the course Thesis Project on Industrial Engineering Systems In this course students will 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 in When and How to do.

After my thesis project gets approved what do I have to do?

After the thesis project 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 semester, and until the thesis project 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: 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 information available on this page should be used only as guidance and does not overrule legislation or regulations form University of Minho.

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