Doctorate Degree (PhD)


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3 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Cr 141/2011 de 06-09-2011
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PhD Management

 Building 4, room B1.122

 (+351) 210 464 546

  10h00 - 13h00 / 14h30 - 17h00

 Schedule by Appointment via e-mail

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 1200.00 €
2.ndYear 1200.00 €
3.rdYear 1200.00 €
4.thYear 1200.00 €
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

With a highly qualified faculty from the various academic fields that comprise Urban Studies, this doctoral programme is organized into 8 semesters (2 semesters of presential classes and seminars + 6 semesters of supervised research), totalling 240 credits, and will occur at FCSH-UNL.

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
Urban Studies Issues
10.0 ECTS
Theories of Urban Studies
10.0 ECTS
Research Methodologies in Urban Studies
10.0 ECTS
Multidisciplinary Seminar in Urban Studies
20.0 ECTS
2nd Year
180.0 ECTS

Recommended optative

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

Optional courses can be selected from other PhD programs at NOVA FCSH or ISCTE-IUL


The general objectives of this programme are as follows:

  • to introduce students to the innovative and intellectually challenging field of Urban Studies, which enables them to practice their skills of critical thinking and consider the questions of urban life that are most relevant to the contemporary world;
  • to promote innovative and interdisciplinary research about cities and urban life with a perspective that integrates the various dimensions of urban realities – social, cultural, material and immaterial  – on both an applied and theoretical level;
  • to develop and apply in-depth tools, methodologies, concepts and theories in the field of Urban Studies with a view toward developing knowledge about cities and urban life;
  • to enable students to realize high-quality research in Urban Studies in a self-driven and independent manner. 

Students should acquire the skills to:

  • identify problems and reflect critically on the complexity of urban life;
  • describe the social, cultural, and spacial features of cities, and their impacts on urban experience;
  • interpret and explain urban diveristy, relating it to the idea of the city in different historical and cultural contexts;
  • demonstrate an understanding of urban forms, as well as their structures of governance;
  • apply concepts and methods from multiple social sciences to analyze urban issues and problems;
  • utilize mixed methods and multi-level perspectives with an aim towards producing practical knowledge that can be used for on-site intervention and strengthing local communities;
  • articulate a well-defined research problem within a self-driven investigation that relies on primary sources as well as a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, enabling the writing of an academically and socially relevant final thesis.

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