Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Human Ecology


Terceiro ciclo




Iva Miranda Pires

Opening date

September 2018




5 200 €/total = 1 300 €/annual*4


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

Education objectives

It is intended that students:
1. Acquire autonomy and the ability to carry out research on a particular subject, linking the ecological
approach to other social sciences;
2. Manage to combine theoretical and methodological knowledge to design innovative research projects, aimed at implementing research problems;
3. Manage to delineate and manage a research project at an advanced level in an integrated and ongoing manner.
4. Strengthen the ability to formally give opinions and make critical judgments, including reflections, on the implications and ethical and social responsibilities in that field of research;
5. Prepare students to solve problems in broadened contexts with complex and innovative interrelationships.

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-elective seminar 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 course is recognized for career progression purposes of recruitment for teachers of group 200. 420, 430 and 520, 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
73220102 Metodologias de Investigação em Ecologia Humana (not translated) - 1st semester 10
73220101 Problemáticas de Ecologia Humana (not translated) - 2nd semester 10
73220103 Multidisciplinary Seminar in Human Ecology - 2nd semester 20
73220100 Teorias e Conceitos de Ecologia Humana (not translated) - 1st semester 10
73220105 Tese em Ecologia Humana (not translated) 180
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
73220106 Consumo Sustentável, Comportamentos pró-ambientais e estilos de vida (not translated) - 1st semester 10
73220107 Riscos e Vulnerabilidade da Sociedade Actual aos Desastres Naturais e Tecnológicos (not translated) 10