PhD in Musicology

Education objectives

1) Acquisition of the ability required for systematic understanding and knowledge of the advances in the specific fields of Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology and the Teaching and Psychology of Music;
2) Knowledge and understanding of the relevant research methodologies and techniques in the area of Musicology, as well as their appropriate application in the scientific areas mentioned above;
3) The ability to design and plan a piece of relevant research in the area of Musicology, through establishing the objectives of this research and its intermediate stages, respecting the demands imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
4) Development of creativity, innovation and originality in the approach to this research;
5) Acquisition of critical tools for analysis and evaluation of the results of your own research and that of others;
6) The means to establish academic relations with the rest of the academic community, both national and international, acquiring an overall view of the context in which the research is undertaken in the fields of Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology and the Teaching and Psychology of Music;
7) Development of the abilities needed to undertake an original piece of research which contributes to the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge in the area of Musicology and which merits, in part or in whole, being divulged nationally or internationally in publications with a selection committee.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



Access to other programs

The degree of "doutor" is a final qualification.


Manuel Pedro Ramalho Ferreira

Opening date





1400 Euros/year or 2500 Euros/year (foreign students)


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Length: 8 semesters. Total credits: 240 credits (60 from curricular units + 180 credits from the non teaching component). Non teaching component modalities: Thesis. Number of credits freely chosen by students: 10 credits. The free seminar option can be chosen among curricular units from the postgraduate training offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH/NOVA), in other units of NOVA University of Lisbon, or in other institutions of national or foreign Higher Education institutions, under agreement.
O grau de doutor corresponde ao nível 8 do QNQ/QEQ - Quadro Nacional de Qualificações/Quadro Europeu de Qualificações.

Conditions of admittance

Can be admitted as candidates: a) Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent; b) Holders of an undergraduate degree, with an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum, officially recognized by the institution granting the degree as attesting ability for carrying over this cycle of studies; d) Holders of an especially relevant academic or scientific or professional curriculum, officially recognized by the institution granting the degree, attesting the ability to pursue this cycle of studies. Admission Criteria: - Final grade of Masters/Bachelor's degree in Musicology or other areas of study in Social Sciences and Humanities, if applicable; - Adequacy of academic qualification; - Scientific and professional CV meeting the needs of doctoral program; - Letter of intent with a description of a project proposal.

Evaluation rules

The cycle of studies leading to the degree of Doutoramento (Doctorate) includes following a doctoral programme that consists of course units aimed at providing training to do research, and the submission of an original doctoral thesis especially written for the purpose and which is appropriate to the nature of the branch of knowledge or speciality and which contributes to expanding the boundaries of knowledge. Grades for the seminar-type course units are awarded using a numerical scale ranging from 0 to 20. The final grade awarded to the doctoral course is expressed by Approved or Not Approved. When a candidate is awarded an Approved classification, the final grade of the doctoral course is expressed as a number between 10 and 20, on a scale of 0 to 20, and is the mathematical average of the grades obtained, in which the course units with 10 ECTS have a weighting of 1 while the final thesis has a weighting of 2. The research project is defended in a public defence held at the end of the semester in which the student concludes the doctoral course. It is assessed by a jury comprising 3 members. The thesis is awarded a classification of Approved or Refused through a justified nominal vote with no abstentions permitted; if the thesis is approved, the jury then votes on a grade which may be Good, Good with Distinction or Very Good. The final qualification is awarded under the terms of Article 36, nº 2 of Decree-Law 74/2006, of 24 March, altered by Decree-Law n.º 107/2008, of 25 June, 230/2009, of 14 September, 115/2013, of 7 August, 63/2016, of 13 September, 65/2018, of 16 August.