Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Political Science


Terceiro ciclo




Catherine Moury

Opening date

September 2018




5 200 €/total = 1 300 €/annual*4


(to be available at http://fcsh.unl.pt/escola-doutoral/doutoramentos)

Education objectives

The PhD in Political Science is structured so that at the end of the course, the student demonstrate: (a) understanding of the theoretical issues and analytical traditions of the discipline, enabling the participation in the debates of the discipline, (b) methodological skills both in terms of conceptualization and operationalization of research, and in terms of collection, organization and processing of data, (c) skills in the area of scientific expertise, including through the integration in research projects, (d) capacity to conduct independent research leading to a doctoral thesis, by presenting original and innovative results that contribute to the advancement of knowledge, (e) ability to communicate and debate scientific procedures and research results , including through the presentation of papers and articles in scientific journals and (f) ability to meet the challenges of the contemporary world.

Access conditions

To be admitted to a doctoral programme of studies, the candidate should satisfy the conditions set forth in Portuguese legislation and in the normative conditions of UNL as well as fulfil at least one of the following requirements: a) Have a Masters degree, or a legal equivalent; b) Have a first cycle degree (‘licenciatura’) and a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum which is recognised by the Academic Board of FCSH/NOVA as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies; c) Possess an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognised by the Academic Board of FCSH/NOVA as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies.

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 for free option scheme: 10 credits. The free seminar option 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 institutions of national Higher Education or foreign, by agreement or protocol.
The degree of “doutor” corresponds to the level 8 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Access to other courses

A Doctorate is a final qualification.

This study programme is recognized for career progression purposes of recruitment for teachers of group 200, 400 and 410, as provided in the Statute of Teaching Career

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.


Code Name ECTS
73207100 Methodology for Political Science - 1st semester 10
73207111 Themes and Issues in Political Science - 1st semester 10
73207108 Tese em Ciência Política (not translated) 180
73207107 Thesis Project in Political Science 20
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
73207104 Seminário de Especialidade em Elites e Comportamentos Políticos (not translated) - 2nd semester 10
73207103 Seminário de Especialidade em Instituições e Processos Políticos (not translated) - 2nd semester 10
73207105 Seminário de Especialidade em Políticas Públicas (not translated) - 2nd semester 10
73207102 Seminário de Especialidade em Teoria e Análise Política (not translated) - 2nd semester 10
Elective option 2
Code Name ECTS
73207109 Opção Livre (not translated) 10