Doctorate Degree (PhD)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Ef 1026/2011 de 18-03-2011
Update registry R/A-Ef 1026/2011/AL01 de 16-12-2020
School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00

Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES)

PhD Management
 Building 4, room 329
(+351) 210 464 195
monday to friday, 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 18:00

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 1750.00 €
2.ndYear 1750.00 €
3.rdYear 1750.00 €
4.thYear 1750.00 €
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
Sociological Research in Portugal
6.0 ECTS
Extensive Methodologies: Selected Sociological Researches
6.0 ECTS
Research Project Seminar in Sociology
18.0 ECTS
Classical Sociological Theories: Major Works
6.0 ECTS
Intensive Methodologies: Selected Sociological Researches
6.0 ECTS
Contemporary Sociological Theories: Major Works
6.0 ECTS
2nd Year
Phd Thesis in Sociology
180.0 ECTS

Recommended optative

Optional courses will only be held if they achieve a minimum number of enrollments.


  • To train researchers, professors of higher education and other professionals who are highly qualified in the analysis of social problems;
  • To provide doctoral candidates with advanced education in sociological theory and methodology, as well as in-depth knowledge of the research done in Sociology in Portugal and internationally;
  • To ensure that throughout the programme, doctoral training occurs in a real research context, maintaining direct connection between the PhD and the Centre for Research and Studies of Sociology (CIES), the entity responsible for the academic coordination and management of the programme;
  • To contribute to the international dissemination of Portuguese Sociology by attracting foreign doctoral candidates and welcoming the collaboration of international professors and researchers in the activities of the PhD programme.

Upon finishing the PhD programme in Sociology, students should:

·         Have the ability to understand the scientific field of sociology systematically;

·         Have skills, ability and research methods associated with sociology;

·         Have the skills to conceive, design and execute original sociological research of high scientific quality;

·         Be able to critically evaluate, analyze and synthesize new and complex ideas;

·         Be able to communicate with peer scientists and the community in general about their scientific domain and publish their scientific works;

·         Be able to contribute to the ends of social progress and wellbeing for all people in an academic and professional context.

This programme utilizes a variety of operating methods, content and procedures to fulfill these objectives:

i) The programme is integrated into as well as coordinated academically by an excellent research centre in the field of Sociology (CIES);

ii) In the first year, doctoral candidates only attend lectures, acquiring advanced sociological skills on theoretical, methodological and technical levels, as well as knowledge of the current state of research in Sociology in Portugal and internationally;

iii) The programme provides a “Research Project Seminar in Sociology,” in which doctoral candidates start constructing their thesis projects, which are later elaborated with the support of an advisor and submitted for formal approval on the basis of the opinions of two specialists;

iv) Candidates also benefit from a “Doctoral Research Seminar in Sociology,” which supports the development of already approved thesis projects. In this seminar, doctoral candidates present and discuss their work before their peers and a larger audience of professors and researchers at multiple points.

v) All doctoral thesis projects are supervised by experienced researchers from CIES and other research units;

vi) The programme introduces doctoral candidates to well-regarded Portuguese and international researchers through the annual doctoral conference cycle.


This component of the programme also includes attending:

  • International Conference Cycle in Sociology
  • Doctoral Research Seminar in Sociology


1) To enroll in the thesis unit, candidates must present an approved research project and their registration.

2) Thesis preparation must include the completion of a research project in the Centre for Research and Studies of Sociology (CIES) or, with the authorization of the directors of the doctoral programme, in another research centre.

3) As an alternative of equivalent requirement to the thesis, doctoral candidates may opt to produce a coherent compilation of relevant research publications that fall under the framework of public policy. These papers must have already been published in scientific journals with internationally recognized selection committees.

4) Either the preparation of the thesis or the compilation of articles must be supervised by an advisor with a PhD named by the programme directors for this purpose.

School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00
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