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 | Annual Fee

Who can apply

The following individuals can apply to the doctoral programme:
a) masters’ holders or legal equivalent in social sciences or humanities;
b) first degree holder, with a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum attesting to the capacity to carry out this studies cycle;
c) holders of an particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum attesting to the capacity to carry out this studies cycle.
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.

NOTE: Admission to thesis depends on obtaining 90 ECTS, obtained in 8 curricular units, including the research seminar, which involves public discussion and approval of the thesis project.

Available places: 15

Submission of applications

- 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);
- Diploma proving the command of the English language (MANDATORY);
- Statement of Interest on PhD program, with reference to the topic(s) to be developed within the scope of the doctoral thesis (1,500 words). Refer to the program's webpage for further available information on the form and content of the text; (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 - Academic Qualifications: Bachelor / Master's Degree / PhD, (5/20 Weighting);
2 - Other academic courses: Summer courses / Training courses / Specialization courses, (2/20 Weighting);
3 - Publications / Research relevant to the thematic of the program, (3/20 Weighting);
4 - Professional Curriculum in areas relevant to the thematic of the program, (3/20 Weighting);
5 - Duly proven knowledge of English, (2/20 Weighting); 
6 - Motivation Letter / research project / profile of applicant. Relevant to the themes of the programme, (5/20 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: Admits (Thesis only)

Information for candidates

- 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.