Answers to some frequent questions about this Doctorate Program

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    What is the difference between a «Doctorate’s Program» and a «Doctorate’s Field»?

    A doctorate’s program has a curricular section specifically for the development of skills associated to completing a doctorate and another for the development of the dissertation. A doctorate’s field only contemplates the time associated to the elaboration of a doctorate’s dissertation accompanied by the chosen tutor. The degree both give is the same, and it matches the degree of doctor.

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    Which phenomenon are considered of interest for the field of information systems and technology?

    The field of information systems and technology combines an interest in information technologies (including its construction viewing it’s use for the benefit of corporations and society) and in the human activities that those technologies are used. The body of scientific and technical knowledge related to the adoption and use of information technology, in corporations and society, includes:

    • Models, theories and conceptual schemes about human and social phenomenon that involve access and providing information, in particular when information technologies are used.
    • Models, theories and conceptual schemes that include the use of information and information technology in corporations and society.
    • Information technologies and its uses.
    • Methods, techniques and tools directed at performing organizational or societal intervention activities that view the adoption and good use of information technologies, providing applications from such technologies, creating and managing information services in organizational or societal context and managing the use of information and information technologies in organizational or societal context.

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    What phases are built into the Doctorate’s Program in TSI?

    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.

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    Is it possible to attend the doctorate’s curricular phase in a working student regime?

    Given that the curricular phase is organized so that it may focus on 2 or 3 blocks (morning or afternoon) in one or two days per week, and since the organization where you belong to allows it, it will be possible to attend it in a working student regime. However, be alerted for the possibility of existing intensive regime courses during 1 or 2 weeks.

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    May I attend the doctorate’s program in partial dedication regime?

    Although some of our doctors attend or have attended in partial dedication regime, given the circumstances involved in developing the doctorate’s program and, especially, in the research development phase and writing the doctorate’s dissertation, we advise our students to attend the exclusive dedication regime.

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    My first and second cycle training is not in information systems. May I apply?

    Beside the holders of the master’s degree (2nd cycle) in the information systems and technology’s knowledge field and the holders of the bachelor’s degree (1st cycle) in information systems and technology’s knowledge fields, holders of an especially relevant curriculum, individuals whose knowledge field from 1st and 2nd cycle be informatics, information sciences, engineering, economical or corporate sciences and in human and social sciences to whom it is recognized the skill to complete this study cycle.

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    To whom may interest the Doctorate’s Program in TSI?

    People who are considered as PDTSI potential candidates:

    • University teachers who teach at a University Teaching level or a Polytechnic Higher Teaching level to whom the acquisition of a Doctor’s degree is considered in the respective career status.
    • Recent graduates (masters) interested in beginning a research career, planning to eventually integrate in an academic career but without any link to any superior teaching institution or research and development institution. The availability of conditions necessary for its involvement in doctorate’s assignments may depend on the acquisition of an research scholarship or its hiring as “research assistants” for the current R&D projects.
    • Professionals in the field of information systems or technologies or similar fields, fit into companies or other institutions (named public administration institutions), that develop functions fit or fitting in R&D activities that view the development of new products, the identification of new business opportunities, the improvement of organizational performance or the validation of new organizational practices. Being that the companies and institutions are benefiting from these assignments, it is expected that they warrant the conditions necessary to complete the doctorate’s work (be it in time to dedicate to this work or to some means for its execution). It is expected that the doctorate’s project have restrictions regarding the divulging of results and to its intellectual property.
    • Professionals in the field of information systems and technologies or similar fields, fit into companies or other institutions (namely the public administration institutions) that, once finished the initial phase of their careers, intend to fit in a doctorate’s project the reflections and contributes that their professional experience allows them to perform. The necessary conditions for their involvement in doctorate’s assignments usually depend on the candidate’s themselves. To these different candidate profiles the gaining of a Doctor’s degree match different initial training needs and different ways of support and supervision. PDTSI has the necessary flexibility to accommodate this diversity.

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    Where may I find examples of assignments developed in this Program?

    Consulting with the RepositoriUM where you find the doctorate’s works developed in this and other fields that may be of interest.

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    Is there a way to acquire financial support to attend the Program?

    One of the ways of financial support is in the form of a scholarship. Nationally and as an example, there are various kinds of schollarships given by FCT. Other ways of financial support may go through deals and existing protocols between the hiring entity and Universidde do Minho, partial financing for activities that occur as the works are developed (obtaining necessary funds for the travel expenses to conferences and doctoral colloquiums, visits to other institutions, etc.) or even resorting to bank loans with special conditions to completing the doctorate (including the curricular schedule). .

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    How should I proceed to apply?

    For guidance on how to apply, consult the following  Page.

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    Which are the selection criteria that are used?

    The selection of candidates that apply for the Doctorate’s Program in Information Systems and Technologies will have in consideration the following criteria:

    • Bachelor’s or Master degree’s grades.
    • Academic, Scientific and Technical Curriculum.
    • Professional Experience.
    • Recommendation letter’s content.
    • Results of interviews conducted with the candidates (when considered as appropriate).