Thesis Project


This course aims to become students familiar with the basic research tools leading to the realization of their thesis project, following the general objectives of the doctoral program.

The teacher, together with the dissertation supervisor, works with the doctoral student to guide them in their research.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Paula Pires dos Santos Diogo


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Teaching language





  • Dunleavy, Patrick, Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation (Macmillan Study Skills), Red Globe Press,3rd edition,  2017.
  • Eco, Umberto, Como se faz uma Tese, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, s/d., (trad.).
  • Hayton, James, PhD: An uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life Kindle Edition, James Hayton PhD, 2015.
  • McNiff, Jean, Writing Up Your Action Research Project, Routledge; 1st edition, 2015.
  • McNiff, Jean, You and Your Action Research Project, Routledge; 4th edition 2016.
  • Petre, Maria & Rugg, Gordon, The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research, Open University Press, 2004.
  • Supplementary bibliography to be defined according to the specific project of the doctoral student. 

Teaching method

Investigation follow-up and guidance.

Evaluation method

Public presentation of the thesis plan to the "Comissão de Acompanhamento de Tese – CAT".

Subject matter

The program will be defined according to the needs of the doctorate and the specificity of the subject of the dissertation.


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