Doctorate Degree (PhD)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Ef 1025/2011 de 18-03-2011
Update registry R/A-Ef 1025/2011/AL01 de 02-03-2015
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-Iscte)

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

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 2000.00 €
2.ndYear 2000.00 €
3.rdYear 2000.00 €
4.thYear 2000.00 €
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
Construction of Theory in Social Work
6.0 ECTS
Qualitative Methods in Social Research
6.0 ECTS
Paradigms and Models of Social Work Research
6.0 ECTS
Public Policies and Social Protection
6.0 ECTS
Social Work Research and Professional Competences Development
6.0 ECTS
Advanced Data Analysis Methods
6.0 ECTS
Research Seminar in Social Work
12.0 ECTS
Applied Research in Social Work
6.0 ECTS
2nd Year
Phd Thesis in Social Work
180.0 ECTS

Recommended optative

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

2nd semester

02825 | Social Work and Civil Society (ESPP | SS)

02874 | Advanced Seminar in Social Work and Disability (ESPP | SS)


The PhD programme in Social Work at Iscte has the following general objectives:

a) To qualify teachers, researchers and professionals at a scientific level, developing a "critical mass" in Social Work;

b) Analyze and understand the epistemological, theoretical, and empirical foundations of Social Work within the framework of contemporary social transformation;

c) Develop analysis of the practice of social intervention based upon research;

d) Develop and execute advanced research in the domain of professional practice, as well as the analysis of social policy in various social and institutional contexts;

e) Foster scientific debate and exchange within Portuguese, European, and international research networks;

f) Encourage the publication of the research outcomes in Social Work.

The PhD programme in Social Work aims prepare Social Work professionals and specialists to:

a) Systematically understand Social Work as a field of study supported by its associated techniques and methods of research;

b) Conduct an original research programme of recognized scientific merit in the field of Social Work;

c) Critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas in Social Work;

d) Promote technological, social and cultural advancement within society based on knowledge from academic and professional contexts;

e) Have the skills to continue learning throughout life with a high degree of autonomy.


This component of the programme also includes attending:

  • International conference cycle in Social Work 
  • Advanced seminars in Social Work


Second Year:

- Presentation and discussion of progress of research developed by doctoral candidates in first year and beginning of second;

- Provides the opportunity for public discussion of peers’ research topics and their progress.


Third Year:

- Presentation of a paper in the 3rd-year doctoral programme colloquium.

- This paper should reflect the progress of the candidate’s research, and should be aimed for subsequent submission for publication in an academic journal of national or international scope.



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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