The DPTS has a total (expected) duration of 3 years. The first year of each program is primarily devoted to coursework, worth 60 ECTS. Coursework includes two mandatory  courses – “Research Methodologies” (6 ECTS) and “Thesis Project in Transport Systems” (30 ECTS) – and four optional courses. At least two of the optional courses must be chosen among the ones listed in the next table. The remaining ones can be chosen among any other doctoral course offered in the participating schools or in any schools with which they have doctoral collaboration agreements. The 2nd and 3rd years of the DPTS are dedicated to the preparation of a doctoral thesis, worth 120 ECTS. The courses listed in the following table are typically taught by faculty of two participating schools. Lectures are given in the school where the professor usually teaches, and broadcasted to the other schools by videoconference.

Structure of the doctoral program in Transportation Systems

CourseECTSMandatory/OptionalSemester

Road Traffic Management

6

Optional

1st

Research Methodologies

6

Mandatory

1st

Transport Demand Modelling

6

Optional

1st

Transport Infrastructure and Operations Optimization

6

Optional

1st

Risk and Decision-Making

6

Optional

1st

Highway and Airport Infrastructure Engineering

6

Optional

2nd

Business Models and Contracts

6

Optional

2nd

Transport Policies and Institutions

6

Optional

2nd

Railway Infrastructure Design and Maintenance

6

Optional

2nd

Simulation of Land-Use/Transport Systems Simulation

6

Optional

2nd

Thesis Project

30

Mandatory

Annual

Incoming students are assigned to one of the three partner universities in Portugal, depending on how closely their stated interests and experiences align with faculty members and ongoing research at each university, and with the current composition of the research teams at the three schools.

After admission, the director of the program in the respective host school, having heard the interests of the students, designates a tutor for each student amongst the faculty involved in the DPTS or any other faculty member of the school approved by the Scientific Committee. The tutor helps the student to design her/his course plan and to become acquainted with all the research areas ongoing in the participating schools, other Portuguese schools, and in the international scene. This aims at helping the student to identify until May of the 1st year a suitable research area and a supervisor (or supervisors) for her/his future doctoral thesis, according to her/his research interests. The course plan and the supervisor of each student have to be approved by the Scientific Committee. With the support of her/his supervisor(s), the student must submit a thesis project specifying a research subject and a work plan by the end of the 1st year. The student must make a presentation and discuss the thesis project before a jury designated by the Scientific Council of the host school. Once the thesis project is approved, the student can start preparing the doctoral thesis.

Throughout the program, students are expected to meet with their doctoral committees and demonstrate their research progress, at least once per year. The Doctoral Committee, includes the supervisor(s), one element of the Scientific Committee, and one representative of a participating school, other than the host school.