The study cycle in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms, started in the academic year 2008/2009, aims to enable students to:

  • Provide skill development and training as independent researchers.
  • Enhance knowledge at a doctoral level in the area of Communication and information Sciences in technological mediated contexts.

The doctoral program is a strategic research partnership for both Universities of Aveiro and University of Porto within the creation, in 2007, of the joint research unit, now at a national level designated CIC.Digital.

The 1st year of this 3rd cycle is composed by 7 semestral curricular units; the 2nd and 3rd years are fully focused on the preparation and writing of the doctoral thesis.


At the end of the 1st year each student must present and discuss his/her thesis project before a jury that includes an external examiner (Portuguese or foreign) from an external university. To be able to proceed to the 2nd year the student must obtain a minimum grade of 16/20 in this examination along with a general average grade of 14/20 on the curricular units of the 1st year.

At the end of the 2nd year, students have to present and discuss the progress of the preparation of the thesis before a jury that includes an external examiner (Portuguese or foreign). These discussions are carried out under a Doctoral Summer Consortium, organized in residential mode and lasting 2-3 days, also open to other national and foreign participants. In addition to the analysis of the progress already achieved, the discussion of the work also focuses on what remains to be done for the timely completion of the thesis, thus contributing to focus and clarify the subsequent stages of its preparation.

During the second and third years of the study cycle students are also required to do three presentations and discussions on the progress of their work within the curricular unit Research Seminar 2. These presentations and discussions are made in front of the panel of professors of the doctoral program and aims to discuss the work under progress and to contribute to planning and refining the following phases of the work.

The optional curricular units usually offered in the first semester of thestudy cycle are:

  • Media and Society
  • Participatory Media
  • Interaction Design and Analysis
  • Multimedia and Accessibility
  • Digital Archives and Libraries
  • Narrative and Interactive Games Design and Analysis

Further details can be found in the study plan


Consult the complete study program


  • Reitoria UA

    University of Aveiro

    Created in 1973, the University of Aveiro quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. Attended by about 15,000 students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the UA has achieved a significant position amongst higher education institutions in Portugal, being one of the top universities regarding the quality of its infrastructures, the strength of its research and the excellence of its staff.

  • Reitoria UP

    University of Porto

    Founded in 1911, the University of Porto (U.Porto) is a benchmark institution for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Portugal and one of the top 200 European Universities according to the most relevant international ranking systems.

    The U.Porto combines high quality education focused on individual vocations and talents as well as market needs with the claim to being the greatest birthplace of science in Portugal. It is committed to converting into social assets the talent and innovation from its 15 schools and over 50 research centres.



During the application process students must express their interest in developing research leading to the doctoral thesis in at least one of the following thematic areas:

To better contextualize the proposals please consult the following research unit links – CITCEMDigiMedia

Day by Day

The curricular units (CU) in the first year, are all of curricular base, operate sequentially with a duration that may be 6 or 8 weeks each. The process of developing the students knowledge in the area of Communication and Information Sciences is carried out in a broad way during the CUs of the 1st semester and it is focused on a specific theme in the 2nd semester of the 1st year. The 2nd and 3rd years, are dedicated to the preparation and conduct of the research work supporting the development of the PhD thesis.

Throughout the study cycle students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills in relevant topics of research including:

  • Preparation of scientific papers
  • Participation and collaboration in organizing scientific events
  • Participation in research and development projects (R&D)
  • Oral presentation of research results in different contexts
  • Use of information and communication technologies to support collaborative work


The doctoral program prepares the students to conduct fundamental and applied research in the field of Communication and Information Sciences, on an autonomous basis or integrated in transdisciplinary teams.

Successful candidates are prepared to occupy positions in the labour market in: fundamental and applied research in digital media, telecommunications and Internet/Web companies, Higher Education institutions, consultancy organisations.

  • Testimonial
    Marta Ferraz, Coord do Gabinete de Comunicação da Entidade Reguladora da Saúde

    The routine research and scientific literature review and the orderly paper writing, referenced by scientific writing standards, helped me a lot in my work. The first scholar year of the program is extremely important, allowing students to obtain relevant notions on the subjects you want to deepen.

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    Carlos Canelas, Escola Superior de Educação, Comunicação e Desporto do Instituto Politécnico da Guarda

    As a teacher in Digital Communication area, the ICPD doctoral program was my best option, since it was the first doctoral program in Portugal in this area. The fact that it is taught by two of the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institutions also influenced my choice.

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    Danilo Egle, Researcher and Businessman

    The course has a pleasant atmosphere and is well structured, with motivating teachers and with proposals that challenge our competences. I am very proud of being part of this group that represents a change in my way of thinking and acting.

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    Rita Oliveira, Researcher

    With the Doctoral Programme in ICPD I developed my research in the areas of television for people with special needs, promoting accessibility in interactive television by proposing a service tailored to users with visual deficit.

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    Samuel Almeida, Consultant

    The Doctoral Program in ICPD allowed me to consolidate and get a set of skills that I consider critical in any professional activity, such as consulting. Some examples that can be highlighted are, the ability to work autonomously, flexibility and initiative, organization and planning of work, critical thinking and analytical skills. Finally, to mention the program's versatility and multidisciplinary faculty that allows doctoral students to conduct research in several contexts related to information and communication sciences.

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    Johan van Haandel, College Professor, Faculdades de Artes Alcântara Machado

    My name is Johan van Haandel Cavalcanti, I am Brazilian and Dutch, and participated in the doctoral program on Information and Communication in Digital Platforms between 2011 and 2015, in which I always had the helpful guidance of Professor Fernando Ramos. I can say that I attended with great pleasure and already miss the time when I lived in Portugal. Today I am teaching at the Integrated Colleges Alcantara Machado - Faculties of Arts Alcântara Machado (FIAM-FAAM), part of the University Center of United Metropolitan Colleges (FMU) in São Paulo, Brazil, where I teach courses for Advertising and Sales Promotion and Radio, TV and Internet.

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    Inês Braga, Escola Superior de Estudos Industriais e de Gestão - Instituto Politécnico do Porto

    I was a doctoral student of the 1st edition of the ICPD. The 1st academic year was a very enriching knowledge sharing moment with colleagues from very diverse scientific fields. Despite the common curriculum to everyone, each one of us learned and specialized immensely with other student because work presentation and discussion in class were a constant. The first curricular year was perhaps the most demanding, the years that followed to obtain the doctoral title, represented a personal sacrifice, considering that I done my studies while being a full time higher education teacher. With a live interaction with teachers, mediators who practiced a rigorous and stimulating scientific culture, contributed to my intellectual maturity and at other knowledge levels also. I highly recommend this Doctoral Program considering its intrinsic quality.

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    João Lopes Batista, Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração de Aveiro - Universidade de Aveiro

    The ICPD is a doctoral program very well structured and developed by a faculty team of great scientific competence. The host Universities of Aveiro and Porto are very well organized and oriented to a continuous monitoring of doctoral students. The achievement of the ICPD doctoral degree had a huge impact on my personal and professional life, and provided the scientific preparation and the extra motivation that are necessary to develop an academic career.

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    Anabela Serrano, Associate Professor Escola Superior de Estudos Industriais e de Gestão do Instituto Politécnico do Porto (ESEIG/IPP)

    The ICPD doctoral program is an interesting inclusion experience in an extremely valid multidisciplinary scientific context for those investigating in such an interdisciplinary field as information science. The sharing and discussion of different perspectives and thesis topics in ICPD seminars and its Summer Doctoral Consortium consists of a reflection and scientific framework opportunity truly unique and enriching. Due to being a comprehensive doctoral program within its respective field, the ICPD allows us to better understand the validity of our research project and its contributions to society and knowledge.

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    Catarina Lélis, Invited Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro

    Regarding ICPD I would highlight the many moments that are provided so that we can exchange and share experiences and concerns (gains and pains) with our peers: these moments start in the academic year, with the persistent launch of challenges in each course, and they extend throughout the doctoral program with meetings, seminars and summer schools. The outcome is a naturally individual thesis supported by the spirit of belonging to a group.