PhD in Digital Media (PDMD)

The Digital Media PhD is a four-year full-time program created under the partnership between the University of Porto (UP), the New University of Lisbon (NOVA), and the University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin).


Dual degree PhD

This doctoral program allows students to apply to the UT Austin program and receive a dual degree from this university and either the University of Porto or the New University of Lisbon. In this case, students must spend two years in Austin and the remaining time in Portugal. Learn more

Those students who prefer to receive just one diploma can enroll at the University of Porto (Faculty of Engineering) or the New University of Lisbon (Faculty of Sciences and Technology or Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities). Learn more about the program at FEUP, FCT/NOVA, and FCSH/NOVA


Co-supervision at M-ITI

The program includes the possibility for students to be co-supervised by research fellows at different research institutes in Portugal, giving them wider possibilities of specialization and more chances of improving their skills in several other disciplines related to the field of digital media.

M-ITI, as one of the host institutes, accepts students and provides them with co-supervision in line with the expertise of its research fellows.


Multidisciplinary structure

This PhD program has a multidisciplinary structure, accepting students from engineering, technological, scientific, and humanities fields related to digital media, such as communication, journalism, literature, culture studies, information sciences, interactive technologies, animation, art, multimedia, game design, interaction design, graphic design, etc.

The program supports four specializations:
   - Production of Audiovisual and Interactive Content;
   - Technology;
   - Journalism;
   - Industry, Publics, and Markets.



Students have the possibility of being awarded a scholarship from the FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) or from ARDITI (Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação)

Students can also seek funding from other local and international funding bodies. Learn more about scholarships in the European Union

Applications for the FCT scholarships are closed. Learn more



Applications for the 2017/2018 academic year will be open to the following programs (check with your supervisor to find out which one is best for you):

FCT/UNL – Faculty of Sciences and Technology / New University of Lisbon

  • 1st phase – from the 7th of April to the 23rd of June 2017;
  • 2nd phase – from the 26th of August to the 10th of September 2017.
    To be announced (3rd phase)

FCSH/UNL – Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities / New University of Lisbon

  • Unique phase – from the 20th of April to the 16th of June 2017;

University of Porto (FEUP)

  • 1st phase – from the 12th of December 2016 to the 18th of January 2017 (closed);
  • 2nd phase – from the 24th of March to the 24th of April 2017 (closed);
  • 3rd phase – from the 30th of June to the 7th of August 2017.

Learn more about the application process to the dual degree program here.

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