PhD in Sociology (association)

Education objectives

This proposal departs from a previous/successful experience of collaboration in a PhD Programme between 3 of the proponent institutions, in place since 2008. It aims at enriching and enlarging the initial consortium in order to gain critical mass and consolidate excellent scientific education in sociology (either in a national and international level – with Europe but also the Portuguese speaking countries horizon in mind). The objective is to nurture a closer and virtuous relationship between research, teaching and outreach activities in the social sciences domain, and to promote pedagogical innovation through mobility and exchanges of students and teachers between institutions. More generally, training and qualifying in sociology is very relevant: complex, rapidly changing contemporary societies require accurate instruments to understand them and to intervene in the resolution of dramatic social problems.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



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Rui Manuel Leitão da Silva Santos

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1375 Euros/year


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Length: 8 semesters.
Total credits: 240 credits.
The degree of “doutor” corresponds to the level 8 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Candidates eligible to apply: a) Holders of Master's degrees or the legal equivalent in the field of Sociology, Social and Human Sciences. b) Exceptionally, holders of Bachelor’s degrees or the legal equivalent, or those who possess especially relevant educational or scientific cv that the Programme Commission recognizes as a proof of the candidate’s ability to undertake this study cycle; c) Exceptionally, candidates that hold an outstanding professional cv that the Programme Commission recognizes as a proof of the candidate’s capacities to undertake the PhD programme. Selection is based on individual merit, considering the following criteria: a) Academic grades. b) Academic scientific and technical curriculum vitae. c) Assessment of a proposal of a research project, as well of an intention letter detailing the reasons why they wish to pursue the programme d) An interview Candidates will be ranked in accordance with the scores that they obtain in the selection process.

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.


Elective options
Code Name ECTS
73300104 Methods and techniques of Qualitative Research 8.0
73208128 Methods and techniques of Quantitative Research 8.0
73300105 Sociological theories: classic 8.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 8
Code Name ECTS
73208105 Contemporary Theoratical Debates 8.0
73208109 Research Methodology 8.0
73208110 Advanced Seminar in Sociology I 4.0
73208112 Advanced Seminar in Sociology II 4.0
73208111 Research Seminar I 10.0
73208113 Research Seminar II 10.0
73208114 Research Seminar III 5.0
73208115 Research Seminar IV 5.0
73208116 Research Seminar V 5.0
73208117 Thesis in Sociology 165.0
Free option to be chosen within the scope of the 3rd cycle programmes available in the 6 Organic Units of the consortium.