Application

APPLICATIONS OPEN
2nd phase: April 1st to July 15th, 2020 (4 places)
3rd phase: August 17th to September 30th, 2020 (
1 + remaining places)

This PhD programme is biennial.
 

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 with a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum acknowledged by the doctoral programme coordination and by FEUC's Scientific Committee as providing the skills for attending the current study cycle 1.
c) Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as providing the skills for attending the current study cycle by FEUC's Scientific Committee.

The recognition mentioned in points b) and c) only provides access to a study cycle conducting to a doctoral degree, and does not entitle on its holder any equivalence to a bachelor's or master's degree or a recognition thereof.

Number of places: 12

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

Required documentation
- 2 Letters of Recommendation (MANDATORY);
- Certificate from Master's degree and other courses, if any, with final course classification obtained (MANDATORY, except if the primary course is a course taught at the University of Coimbra);
- Certificate of Bachelor's degree with final course classification (diploma) (MANDATORY, except if the primary course is a course taught at the University of Coimbra);
- Curriculum vitae (MANDATORY);
- Diploma(s) proving command of foreign languages (if any);
- Identity Document (Mandatory, for international applicants); 
- Motivation Letter (MANDATORY);
- 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);
- Statement of Interest on PhD program / Proposal for thesis theme (1000 words max.) (MANDATORY). 

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: Bachelor's degree (3/10 Weighting): The score on this item corresponds to the final grade of the Bachelor's degree;
1.2 Academic curriculum: Other academic courses (Weighting 2/10): The score on this item corresponds to the final grade of the Master's degree;
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) Morwe 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: Professional Merit Assessment (Weighting 1/10):
a) Professional Curriculum Vitae moderately related to the contents of the PhD - 13 to 15 points (depending on the reasoning shown in the Curriculum Vitae);
b) Professional Curriculum Vitae very related to the contents of the PhD and very relevant to its objectives - 16 to 19 points (depending on the reasoning shown in the Curriculum Vitae);
3. Interview: Applicant's Profile (Weighting 2/10):
The coordination will only conduct an interview (via skype or in person) if doubts remain regarding the general profile of any applicant. In the absence of an interview, the programme coordinator classifies the candidate's profile not only taking into account the weight of the set of previous criteria, but also taking into account the letter of motivation submitted (in which each candidate must explain the reasons for their interest in the programme), or the feasibility of the theme project that the applicant intends to develop.

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 50EUR fee, which is non-refundable, even in case of invalidation of application and of non-placement or when the study cycle does not open due to the lack of the minimum number of enrollees.
- 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.
- 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.