MISSION AND ORGANIZATION
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