This PhD programme is biennial.
The upcoming programme edition is due to open in 2025/2026 with calls opening in the 1st quarter of 2025.

2023/2024 edition - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Who can apply? | Submission of applications | Evaluation criteria | Tuition fee

Who can apply?

1 - Can apply for admission to the PhD in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies: 
a) Holders of a postgraduate or bachelor's degree in areas relevant to the program, holders of a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting to the capacity to carry out this study cycle;
b) Holders of the master's degree or legal equivalent in social or human sciences or areas considered relevant to the program;
c) Holders of a school, professional, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the Academic Board of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. Applicants must obtain a curricular evaluation equal to or higher than 14 points.
2 - 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 must be exclusively submitted through the online Platform Inforestudante
Instructions available here
1. Click: Academic service - Applications
2. Click: New application
3. Select: Study cycle: 3rd cycle
4. Select: Organic Unit: Institute for Interdisciplinary Research
5. Select: Course: PhD in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies
6. Select: Regime: 3rd cycle course

Required documentation

- Motivation Letter (MANDATORY);
- Two Letters of Recommendation (MANDATORY);
- Certificate of Bachelor's degree with final course classification (diploma). 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);
- Certificate from Master's degree with final course classification (Master degree diploma). 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);
- Official declaration of course outlines and hourly course loads with classification of each course unit 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);
- Theme proposa in english: an abstract, mandatory in english, (the core issues with a rough outline) of the research he/she wants to undertake for his/her PhD thesis 1,500 words max. (MANDATORY);
- Curriculum vitae (MANDATORY);
- Identity Document (MANDATORY only for foreign applicants).

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 as soon as possible in order to complete their personal file. Further information

Evaluation criteria

1. Applicant’s scientific and academic merit (Weighting 6/20);
a) Final classification of Bachelor's Degree (50%);
b) Other Academic Degrees, Master's Degree and English language skills (50%);
An interview may be required for further assessment. Jury: Bruno Sena Martins, José Manuel Pureza e Sílvia Maeso.
2. Applicant’s profile (Weighting 6/20);
a) Publications or other outputs (research) (50%);
b) Relevant experience (activism or professional) (50%);
3. Merit of the research project (Weighting 8/20);
a) Adequacy of the research project to the objectives of the Doctoral Programme (50%);
b) Originality and relevance of the research project (50%).

Regarding the access referred to in sub-paragraph c) of paragraph 1 of the conditions of admission the application evaluator assesses the CV of applicants and rates it on a scale of 0 to 20 following the criteria i) to iv) and their respective weights:
- i) School curriculum, considering the final cassification of the course (s) taken by the applicant, (30/100 Weighting);
- ii) Relevance of the course (s) taken to the scientific area of the study cycle to which you they are applying, (20/100 Weighting);
- iii) Scientific Curriculum, considering the participation of applicants in congresses, seminars, research projects, number and scientific quality of publications (monographs, book chapters, articles in periodicals), prizes and similar elements, as long as these activities are developed in the scientific area of the study cycle in question, (20/100 Weighting);
- iv) Professional curriculum, considering the duration and nature of the professional activity in the scientific area of the study cycle in question, (30/100 Weighting).

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

Tuition fee: 2,000 Euros (annual)

Part-time registration: Admits (Thesis only)

More 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, their application will become "Not Admitted". Then, they can move their application onto the following call for applications without any additional charges.
- 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: 00351 239 247 195; In person assistance, at the Student Hub of the University of Coimbra.