PhD in Law
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.
PhD (3rd Cycle)
Access to other programs
Mariana França Gouveia, Margarida Lima Rego, Cristina Queiroz
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
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
- 1st and 2nd semester: 1,800.00€ (per semester)
- From the 3rd semester: 1,000.00€ (per semester)
- 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.
This course is taught on a mixed schedule.
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.
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.