The DPTS covers all main transport systems topics, from transport policy and planning to infrastructure design and maintenance, at the various spatial levels (from international to local), and for the various modes (air, rail, road, etc.). The program has an estimated duration of 3 to 5 years. In the first year students receive advanced training in some key subjects in Transport Systems, and at the same time they prepare a thesis project. In the remaining time, they develop their doctoral thesis along the lines established in the thesis project.
Upon completion of the DPTS, students are expected to have acquired the knowledge, skills, and competences they need for a transport-related career in academia, including teaching and research, as well as for a high-level professional career in the public or the private sector.
Since 2007/2008, in the three schools, a total of 176 students have been involved in the DPTS or its predecessor programs, 47 of which of 23 different foreign nationalities. On average, 56 candidates have applied annually to the program and 16 have been admitted. Up to now, more than 60 students have completed the program and obtained the PhD degree.
FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION
The DPTS involves studies with a total minimum duration of 3 years, but typically takes 4 years to complete (for full-time students). In the 1st year, students make the so-called Doctoral Course. The remaining years are dedicated to the preparation of the PhD thesis.
The Doctoral Course comprises 5 teaching course units and the preparation of a thesis project in Transport Systems. One of the course units, Research Methodologies, is mandatory and the other 4 are optional. At least two of the optional units must be selected among the ones listed below. The remaining units can be selected among any other course units offered at the doctoral level in the participating schools.
In addition to the course units indicated below, the students of the DPTS will be able to attend, from 2016/2017 on, a new unit on Transport Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The course units listed below are taught in English, an lectures are given in one of the schools, and broadcast to the other schools by videoconference.
Course Units of the Doctoral Course:
- Risk and Decision-Making
- Road Traffic Management
- Transport Demand Modeling
- Transport Infrastructure and Operations Optimization
- Business Models and Contracts
- Highway and Airport Infrastructure Engineering
- Railway infrastructure Design and Maintenance
- Simulation of Land Use / Transport Systems
- Transport Policies and Institutions
INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science
CITTA – Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment
STUDY PROGRAMME 2023/2024