This PhD programme is biennial.
The upcoming programme edition is due to open in 2024/2025 with calls opening in the 1st quarter of 2024.

2022/2023 edition

Who can apply | Submission of applications | Evaluation Criteria | Annual Fee

Who can apply

a) Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a bachelor's degree, holders of a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognised as attesting capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Economics;
c) Holders of a scholarly, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognised as attesting to the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra.

The recognition referred to in subparagraphs b) and c) of paragraph 1 only allows access to the cycle of studies leading to a PhD Degree and does not grant its holder the recognition or equivalence to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

Available places: 15

Submission of applications

Applications are exclusively submitted  online via the InforEstudante Platform.
Instructions are available here.
Required documentation

- Two Letters of Recommendation (MANDATORY);
- Certificate from Master's degree with final course classification obtained (Master degree diploma). If the certificate does not indicate the average of completion, a certificate proving approval in the curricular units carried out must be included, with respective classifications (school transcript); (MANDATORY, except if the origin course is a course taught at the University of Coimbra);
- Certificate of Bachelor's degree with final course classification (diploma). If the certificate does not indicate the average of completion, a certificate proving approval in the curricular units carried out must be included, with respective classifications (school transcript); (MANDATORY, except if the primary course is a course taught at the University of Coimbra);
- Curriculum vitae (MANDATORY);
- Diploma of proficiency in English (if available) or declaration by the applicant on knowledge of English, rated on the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages-Europass (A1 to C2); (MANDATORY);
- Draft proposal of thesis topic (maximum of 4 pages); (MANDATORY);
- Identity Document (Mandatory for international applicants);
- Motivation Letter (MANDATORY);
- Official declaration of course outlines and hourly course loads of courses previously taken (transcript), in case of equivalence credits request; (MANDATORY, except in degrees awarded by the University of Coimbra under the Bologna Process – after 2007/2008);
- Official document, issued by the institution conferring the degree, with certified grade (weighted average); (MANDATORY only for foreign candidates);
- Two publications (selected by the applicant), if any.

NOTE: If the documents mentioned above are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, French, and English, it is mandatory to present a translation to Portuguese undertaken by a translator recognised by the Portuguese diplomatic representation.
The submission of the authenticated original documents is mandatory to the applicants admitted who enrol and register and must be done until the 31st of December of the year of entry in order to complete their personal file. Further information

Evaluation Criteria

1.1 Academic curriculum: Undergraduate degree (5/20 Weighting);
1.2 Academic curriculum: Other academic training (2/20 Weighting);
1.3 Academic curriculum: Publications/Research (3/20 Weighting);
1.4 Academic Curriculum: Knowledge of foreign languages (1/20 Weighting);
2. Proposal reasoned thesis topic (4/20 Weighting);
3. Professional curriculum: Professional Merit assessment (3/20 Weighting);
4. Motivation and Candidate Profile (may include an interview) (2/20 Weighting).

NOTE: Assessed applications that have a grade lower than 9.5 in one of the evaluation criteria will automatically become non-approved.

Annual Fee: 2,000 Euros

Part-time registration: Admitted (for the doctoral thesis only)

Other information

- Application is subject to the payment of a 50.00 € fee, which is non-refundable, even in case of invalidation of application and of non-placement.
- Applications are submitted online.
- Applicants who do not have the documents attesting the required qualifications or other documents until the end of the deadline for applications may apply conditionally. If they do not submit the required documents until the new deadline provided, they can move their application into the following call without any additional charges. If they choose not to move their application within the mentioned deadline, their application will become "Not Admitted" in the final ranking list.
- In applications definitively considered valid, and after the evaluation period has started, it is not possible to add or replace the documents presented. To add new documentation, a new application must be submitted in the next phase, if any.
- After the last phase of applications, and if there are still places available, applicants may submit their application by means of a request, beyond the deadline, which will be duly appraised by the coordination of the Course /Organisational Unit.
- Further information about academic issues, including the academic calendar.
- Contacts: E-mail; Telephone: +351 239 247 195; In person assistance: at one of the academic centres of the Academic Management Services of the University of Coimbra. Schedules for assistance may be consulted here.