PhD in Climate Changes and Sustainable Development Policy

Education objectives

The PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies is a joint initiative between the University of Lisbon and New University of Lisbon. It is part of an interdisciplinary network focusing on the environmental and social sciences, and works in partnership with the University of East Anglia, UK, a leading international institution in these fields. It draws on the expertise of teachers and scientific researchers from the three state universities in Lisbon, all of whom have acknowledged records of academic publication in the areas of climate change and sustainable development.

The Doctoral Programme is a three-year programme and includes an advanced interdisciplinary training course combining the physical, natural, social and human sciences in the first and second semesters. The target audience is diverse. It includes environmental, planning and energy professionals, amongst others, as well as students interested in pursuing an academic career.
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General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



Access to other programs

The degree of \"doutor\" is a final qualification.


Maria José Roxo; Filipe Duarte Santos (Director do Programa; FC-UL) José Lima Santos (ISA-UTL), José Saldanha Matos (IST-UTL), Júlia Seixas (FCT-UNL), Luísa Schmidt (ICS-UL), Viriato Soromenho-Marques (FL-UL)

Opening date

September 2019




1st year: 2750€ | 2ºnd and 3ºrd year: if enrollment takes place at NOVA FCSH (1.375€/year)


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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 6 semesters. Total credits: 180 credits (60 gained in course units of the study programme; 120 in the non-taught component). Type of non-taught component: Thesis dissertation.
The degree of “doutor” corresponds to the level 8 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

To be admitted to a doctoral programme of studies, the candidate should satisfy the conditions set forth in Portuguese legislation and in the normative conditions of UNL as well as fulfil at least one of the following requirements: a) Have a Masters degree, or a legal equivalent; b) Have a first cycle degree (‘licenciatura’) and a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum which is recognised by the Academic Board of FCSH as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies; c) Posses an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which is recognised by the Academic Board of FCSH as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies.

Evaluation rules

The study course leading to the doctoral degree includes the completion of a doctoral program that consists of curricular unit aimed at training for research; the realization of an original thesis, designed especially for this purpose, appropriate to the branch of knowledge or expertise. The seminar curricular units type are classified on a scale of 0-20. The final classification of the PhD course is expressed by approved or not approved formulas. In case of approval, the final classification of the PhD course is expressed in the range 10-20 on a scale of 0-20, doing the arithmetic average of the marks in which the curricular units with 10 ECTS. The final classification of the thesis is expressed by formulas approved or refused by justified nominal vote with no abstentions.