This PhD programme is biennial.
The upcoming programme edition is due to open in 2023/2024 with calls opening in the 1st quarter of 2023.

2021/2022 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

- 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 proving the command of the English language (MANDATORY);
- Identity Document (MANDATORY only for foreign 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);
- Research project draft proposal (1,500 words). Refer to the program's webpage for further details on the project's draft proposal contents (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 - 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. Duly proven knowledge of English (2/20 Weighting);
5 - Professional Curriculum in areas relevant to the thematic of the program (3/20 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 50EUR 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, is available here
- 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.