The Doctorate’s Program holds 4 phases that involve the admission, preparation, execution of the project and the writing of the dissertation and the discussion of the dissertation:
- Phase 1 – Admission – Phase previous to the beginning of the program and it consists on the admission request. Sending of the elements to formalize the application that will allow to evaluate the fulfillment of the admission requisites and the capacity for the doctor’s habilitation. In this phase, it is not necessary the presentation of work plans nor the indication of a tutor. With the requisites, it will be elaborated an individual study plan that shows the curricular units that the candidate may perform during the degree. A doctored teacher will be assigned as responsible for the candidate’s study. The admission request, the individual study plan and the teacher responsible for the study, all need the approval from the Information System’s Department’s Scientific Comity and, later, from the Engineering School’s Scientific Council.
- Phase 2 – Preparation – This phase views to provide the candidate opportunities to train in various branches and developing skills that fit the profile of a Doctor. It will include curricular units that fit work units of various types and also diverse moments of evaluation of these skills. During this phase, it will be appointed the candidate’s tutor (or tutors), considering the candidate’s work field, his/her preferences toward the tutor and his/her approval of such tutor. While a tutor is not appointed, the student will be accompanied by the teacher responsible for the study plan mentioned in Phase 1. This phase ends with the presentation and defense of a doctorate’s proposal, where it is presented, in a detailed and justified manner, a work plan for the R&D project to lead. It has a duration of 12 months (in full-time regime). The moving on to the next phase depends on the results obtained in the various work units.
- Phase 3 – Executing the R&D project and writing the dissertation – This phase corresponds to executing the work plan produced in the previous phase. Besides the candidate’s involvement in these procedures, it is also expected that the candidate participates in other activities, destined for the doctorate students (for example, the departments weekly seminar) and that he participates in technical-scientific events where he presents and defends his research work (and even encourage) that some of this work be conducted in another institution, especially in a foreign R&D facility in another country. This phase must have a duration of around 24 months. The writing of the dissertation is an activity where several months are spent, where it may be initiated during the preparation phase, but must only be finished after the conclusion of the R&D assignments. This phase ends with the delivery of a doctorate’s dissertation, to be evaluated and discussed by a jury. Having in mind the international nature of scientific knowledge and the abundance of English language in these contexts, it is encouraged that the dissertation be written in English in order to increase its impact.
- Phase 4 – Discussing the dissertation – The doctorate’s program ends with the discussion of the dissertation. This includes two moments: the previous evaluation where the jury announces the acceptance of the thesis (being able to suggest its modification) and the discussion itself. Considering the time required so that the examinants may read the dissertation and prepare their arguments, the time necessary to complete the predicted steps in the current legislation and still the possibility of the dissertation being subject to modification, the dissertation’s discussion phase may take several months.