PhD in Law

Education objectives

The main goal of the Programme is to provide advanced training to promote state-of-the-art academic research. In the process, the programme prepares the next generation of highly-qualified legal professionals to enter the market ready to face the challenges of our time and to pursue a career in academia. As well as fostering knowledge creation across all legal disciplines, the programme encourages an interdisciplinary and international approach to legal studies. It familiarises candidates with new technologies and research techniques, promotes team-based research and collaboration in all fields of the law, and creates networking opportunities with other national and international academic institutions.

General characterization

DGES code

9338

Cicle

PhD (3rd Cycle)

Degree

Access to other programs

Available soon

Coordinator

Mariana França Gouveia, Margarida Lima Rego, Cristina Queiroz

Opening date

APPLICATIONS

1st Phase: 

Submission of applications: from 1 to 26 February

Announcement of application results: 30 March

Submission of appeal against results:  from 30 March to 05 April

Enrolment: from 06 to 12 April

Beginning of classes: 13 September, 2021

2nd Phase*:

Submission of applications: from 19 April to 14 May

Announcement of application results: 31 May

Submission of appeal against results:  from 30 May to 04 June

Enrolment: from 07 to 11 June

Vacancies

25

Fees

- 1st and 2nd semester: 1,800.00€ (per semester)

- From the 3rd semester: 1,000.00€ (per semester)

MERIT SCHOOLARSHIPS:

- Students whose final average admission to this PhD is equal to or higher than 18 points (on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee, which cannot be combined with other discounts.

- Students whose final average admission to this PhD is equal to or higher than 17 points (on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee, which cannot be combined with other discounts.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT: 10%

FINANCIAL DISCOUNT: Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount.

CURRENT PROTOCOL DISCOUNTS: Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

- Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union

- Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.

Schedule

This course is taught on a mixed schedule. 

Teaching language

English

Degree pre-requisites

Available soon

Conditions of admittance

a) Candidates who have completed a Master's degree or equivalent.

b) Candidates whose academic, scientific or professional record shows an ability equivalent to that of someone with a Master's degree.

c) Canditates whose academic, scientific or professional record shows the ability to pursue doctoral research.

d) Candidates who have completed a Bachelor's degree before the signing of the Bologna Declaration (1999), and provided evidence of the ability to pursue doctoral research.

Evaluation rules

NOVA School of Law’s 3rd Cycle Programme in Law is a four-year programme leading to a PhD degree in law. The Programme comprises a taught component (over three semesters) where advanced legal studies are carried out with an interdisciplinary focus. This period also provides training in research methodologies and other complementary skills. Towards the end of the taught component of the Programme, candidates must prepare and publicly defend their thesis project. During the remaining part of the Programme (comprising five further semesters), candidates must complete their research under the guidance of their supervisor, culminating in the preparation and defence of their doctoral thesis. The Programme is internationally oriented. Its main language of instruction is English.

Structure

1º ano - 1º Semestre
Code Name ECTS
22101 Law and Society 10
22110 Methodologies of Legal Analysis 10
Options
22116 10
22114 10
22115 10
22117 10
22118 10
22119 10
1º ano - 2º Semestre
Code Name ECTS
22112 Methodology of Legal Research 10
22113 10