PhD in Digital Media

Education objectives

The PhD Programme aims to train researchers, academics, and leaders in innovation processes in fundamental and applied areas of Digital Media, ensuring that Phds are prepared to exercise a profession, which consists, generally, the ability to :
- Create, produce and distribute digital media, taking into account the target audience and the whole value chain associated with the field;
- Manage creative teams and producers;
- Exercise a specialized professional activity in creative, production and content management organisations targeting their products for diverse fields, mass media, education, leisure, marketing, videogames and corporate broadcasting;
- Apply knowledge, solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments and multidisciplinary contexts, to develop studies of analysis and synthesis to develop research projects in scientific areas relevant stakeholders.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



Access to other programs

A Doctorate is a final qualification.

This course is recognized for career progression purposes of recruitment for teachers of group 240 and 550, as provided in the Statute of Teaching Career


João Mário Grilo; Vice-coordenador: Prof. Doutor Paulo Nuno Vicente

Opening date

September 2019




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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Length: 8 semesters. Total credits: 240 credits (60 from curricular units + 180 (150+30) credits from the non teaching component). Non teaching component modalities: Thesis. Number of credits as free-elective optionals: 22.5 credits. The free-elective seminars can be chosen among curricular units from the postgraduate training offered by the FCSH/NOVA, FCT/NOVA and Universidade do Porto or in other national or foreigner Higher Education institutions under agreement or protocol.
The degree of “doutor” corresponds to the level 8 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

To be admitted to a doctoral programme of studies, the candidate should satisfy the conditions set forth in Portuguese legislation and in the normative conditions of UNL as well as fulfil at least one of the following requirements: a) Have a Masters degree, or a legal equivalent; b) Have a first cycle degree (‘licenciatura’) and a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum which is recognised by the Programme Coordinators as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies; c) Possess an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognised by the Programme Coordinators as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies. .

Evaluation rules

The study course leading to the doctoral degree includes the completion of a doctoral program that consists of curricular unit aimed at training for research; the realization of an original thesis, designed especially for this purpose, appropriate to the branch of knowledge or expertise. The seminar curricular units type are classified on a scale of 0-20. The final classification of the PhD course is expressed by approved or not approved formulas. In case of approval, the final classification of the PhD course is expressed in the range 10-20 on a scale of 0-20, doing the arithmetic average of the marks in which the curricular units with 10 ECTS. The final classification of the thesis is expressed by formulas approved or refused by justified nominal vote with no abstentions.


Code Name ECTS
73223101 History and Trends of Digital Media - 1st semester 7,5
73223102 Media Laboratory - 2nd semester 7,5
73223103 Research Methods - 2nd semester 7,5
73223118 Thesis Plan 30
73223109 Media Technology - 2nd semester 7,5
73223106 Communication Theory - 1st semester 7,5
73223119 Thesis in Digital Media 150
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
73223105 Optional I 7,5
73223114 Optional II 7,5
73223115 Optional III 7,5
73223116 Seminar I 7,5
73223117 Seminar II 7,5
73223120 Advanced Topics in Digital Media 7,5