How do they work?
The Doctoral Programmes at the U.Porto have a duration of between six and eight semesters (3 or 4 years), corresponding respectively to 180 and 240 ECTS credits.
This cycle of studies includes the preparation of an original thesis, appropriate to the nature of the branch of knowledge or specialty, as well as the possible completion of course units aimed at research training (doctoral course).
The degree of Doctor is conferred to those students who are approved in the public act of defending the thesis.
For more information consult the General Regulation of the Third Cycles of Studies (Doctoral Degrees) of the University of Porto.
Note also that each course has, in turn, its own regulation.