Application

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

This PhD programme is biennial.
The upcoming programme edition is due to open in 2020/2021 with calls opening in the 1st quarter of 2020.

 

2018/2019 edition

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

Who can apply

The following are eligible to apply to this study cycle leading to a doctor degree:
1. Master's degree holders or legal equivalent;
2. Undergraduate degree holders with a particularly relevant academic of scientific curriculum, recognized as attesting the capacity for attending this study cycle;
3. Academic, scientific or professional curriculum holders, recognized Scientific as attesting the capacity for attending this study cycle.

The recognition referred to in points 2) and 3) of the preceding number merely allows the access to a study cycle leading to a doctor degree and does not confer its holder any equivalence to an undergraduate or master's degree nor the recognition of that degree.

Number of places: 12

Submission of applications
Applications are exclusively submitted  online via the InforEstudante Platform.
Instructions are available here.

Required documentation
- Motivation letter explaining the candidate’s reasons for applying to the doctoral programme, if relevant, according to the criteria established by the organic unit you are applying for (MANDATORY);
- Workload and syllabuses of the curricular units concluded by the candidate, if accreditation is requested (MANDATORY, except for students holding a degree from the University of Coimbra);
- 2 letters of recommendation;
- Detailed certification of the concluded curricular units mentioning the final classifications obtained on each of the units (MANDATORY if accreditation/equivalence is requested, except for students holding a degree from the University of Coimbra);
- master’s degree certification and others, if applicable, with the course’s final classification;
University degree certification with the final classification, or certificate of qualifications for candidates under point c) (MANDATORY, except for students holding a degree from the University of Coimbra);
- Curriculum Vitae in EUROPASS format (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)  (MANDATORY);
- Diploma certifying fluency in English language (if applicable);
- Copy of the identification card (MANDATORY for International applicants);
- Explanatory text on the candidate’s interest in the PhD Programme/Proposal of doctoral theme (up to 1000 words) (MANDATORY).

Observation: The submission of the certified original documents by 31 December is mandatory for accepted, registered and enrolled students, in order to formalize their individual process.
The above-mentioned documents must be certified by the Portuguese local consular official and/or legalized by the apostille system, under the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (known as Hague Convention), signed in Hague on October 5th, 1961, except for documents issued by academic institutions from countries inside the European Union. However, in case of doubts on the submitted documentation, the above-mentioned certification may be requested, or additional documentation may be delivered to applicants.
Whenever documents are written in a foreign language that not, Spanish, French or English, a translated version must be submitted. Translations shall be duly certified by the competent authorities for the purpose.

Evaluation Criteria

1.1 Academic Curriculum: Graduation degree (weighting 3/10): Classification in this item is proportional to the final grade obtained in the graduate degree;
1.2 Academic Curriculum: Other academic training (weighting 2/10): The classification in this item is proportional to the master’s final grade;
1.3 Academic Curriculum: Publications/Research (weighting 2/10);
     a) Up to 3 publications in journals of scientific interest or book chapters, or up to 3 participations in congresses, seminars and research projects – 14 points;
     b) From 4 to 6 publications in journals of scientific interest or book chapters, or from 4 to 6 participations in congresses, seminars and research projects – 16 points;
     c) More than 6 publications in journals of scientific interest or book chapters, or more than 6 participations in congresses, seminars and research projects – 18 points);
2. Professional Curriculum: Assessment of professional merit (weighting 1/10);
     a) Professional Curriculum vitae averagely related to the doctoral programme contents – 13 to 15 points (depending on the substantiation demonstrated in the Curriculum vitae);
     b) Professional Curriculum vitae highly related to the doctoral programme contents and highly relevant for its objectives – 16 to 19 points (according to the substantiation demonstrated in the Curriculum vitae);
3. Interview: if considered imperative by the jury: Candidate’s Profile (weighting 2/10):
Coordination will only conduct an interview (via Skype or face-to-face) if there is any doubt as to the general profile of some candidates. In the absence of an interview, the programme coordination classifies the candidate’s profile by considering not only the solidity of the previous set of criteria, but also the submitted motivation letter (in which each candidate should emphasize their interest in the programme) and the viability of the theme project that the candidate intends to develop.

Observation: The applications assessed with some criterion classification below 9,5 points will automatically render the application invalid.

Annual Fee: 2.000 Euros.

Part-time registration: Admits (Thesis only).

Information for candidates:
- Applications are subject to a payment of a 50€ fee, non-refundable, not even if applications are considered invalid. non-admitted, nor if the study cycle does not open because there isn’t a minimum number of enrolled students.
- Submission of applications: Online on the website https://inforestudante.uc.pt/nonio/security/candidaturas.do;
- For further information please check the website www.uc.pt/candidatos, contact us by email: candidaturas@uc.pt or call us at +351 239 247 195, during office hours, from 15:00 to 17:30.