Especialidade em Estudos Políticos de Área

Education objectives

1) To provide an up to date understanding of the theoretical issues and analytical traditions of International Relations, thereby enabling students to participate both critically and with sound well-founded arguments in the principal national and international debates in this subject area;
2) To develop methodological competencies in the specific field of International Relations, both at the level of conceptualisation and operationalisation of research questions and at the level of data collection, systematisation and processing;
3) To gain further competencies in the areas of scientific specialisation offered by the doctoral programme in International Relations, namely through actively integrating students into specific research projects currently ongoing in FCSH-UNL Research Centres or in other institutions associated to the doctoral programme;
4) To provide students with the skills required to undertake autonomous research, leading to a doctoral dissertation which presents original and innovative results which contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the respective area of specialisation and, as such, merits being divulged and published nationally and/or internationally;
5) To provide students with the skills required for the communication and scientific debate of research procedures and results, namely through presentation of papers at seminars and conferences and through publication in externally refereed scientific journals;
6) To provide students with the skills required to respond competently and with professional rigour to the challenges of the contemporary world in the context both of academic and/or professional life and of active citizenship.

General characterization

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Access to other programs

The degree of "doutor" is a final qualification


Tiago da Mota Veiga Moreira de Sá

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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 as free-elective optionals: 10 credits. The free-elective seminar 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 other national or foreign Higher Education institutions under agreement or protocol.
The degree of “doutor” corresponds to the level 8 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

This path is an option of

PhD In International Relations

Conditions of admittance

The entry requirements are mentioned in Article 5 of study cycles regulation concerning the conditions laid down in national legislation and UNL doctoral programmes regulation, namely: a) Possess a Masters’s degree, or equivalent, b) Possess a Bachelor’s degree and holder an academic and scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of FCSH; c) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the SC. Candidates are selected taking into account the classification of degree, the academic and scientific curriculum and professional curriculum. An interview could be conducted, especially in cases where the Scientific Comission of the doctoral programme wishes to deepen the application.

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.


Code Name ECTS
7373218100 Methodologies in International Relations 10.0
73218101 Themes in International Relations 10.0
73218109 Thesis 180.0
7321809 Final Paper in International Relations 20.0
Ten credits (ECTS) may be obtained in a Research Seminar in Internactional Relations or in a course unit available from a PhD programme or a research unit offered by NOVA FCSH or by other higher education institutions or research units with which there is an agreement.