Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Urban Studies


Terceiro ciclo




Luís Vicente Baptista; Teresa Madeira (ISCTE-IUL)

Opening date

Not offered in 2018/2019.







Education objectives

Joint doctorate degree programme between FCSH/NOVA and ISCTE-IUL.

The study cycle’s objectives are:
- To qualify students for the use of advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories essential for the study of Urban Studies in an interdisciplinary context at postgraduate level;
- To give students the opportunity to apply these advanced methods, concepts and theories in both general and more specialised contexts;
- To introduce students to new and intellectually demanding areas of Urban Studies;
- To foster and develop students’ ability to think critically the problems in Urban Studies
- To foster students’ ability to carry out independent research in urban studies.

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 as free-elective optionals: 10 credits. The free seminar optional can be chosen among curricular units from the postgraduate training offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH/NOVA) and ISCTE-IUL, in other units of NOVA University of Lisbon, or other national or foreign Higher Education institutions by agreement or protocol.

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, 400 and 420, 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
73217144 Research Methodologies in Urban Studies 10
73217145 Urban Studies Issues 10
73217149 Multidisciplinary Seminar in Urban Studies 20
73217143 Theories of Urban Studies - 1st semester 10
73217146 Thesis 180