Doctorate Program in Sport Sciences
General Objectives of the CourseThis third cycle is developed in the context of an advanced training and apply them in situations of professional research and unfamiliar, in which the capacity for self-learning and problem solving skills are linked to advanced research, using the effect processes multi-method and interdisciplinary research, maintaining a balance between the lines of fundamental research, applied research and action research. The researchers trained in this program will be able to use the resources of research in analysis and resolution of critical issues, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas and the dissemination of original research among their peers and the community at large. The course will last for six semesters, including the completion of a doctoral dissertation for a total of 180 ECTS. In accordance with the following program it may be directed to one of four branches:
Branch of Physical Activity and Health
Physical Education Branch
Sport Training Branch
Special Needs Education, Adapted Physical Activity Branch
The course is targeted to all graduate and masters who, having obtained an initial training of 120 ECTS in the areas Sport and Health Sciences, that want to complete their academic education.
May apply for access to the course of study leading to a doctoral degree:
- Holders of master's degree or legal equivalent.
- The assistants who have passed the aptitude test pedagogical and scientific capacity.
- Holders of a degree, holders of an academic or scientific material that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of Faculty.
- Holders of an academic, scientific or professional who is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of Faculty.
Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.
Professional GoalsR & D (Research and Development) Academic Career
Mode of StudyDay time schedule
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Portuguese and English
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingAs assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Learning Objectives and Intended SkillsThe Sport Sciences are recognized in contemporary societies as one of the activities or areas of high growth and social value, either by its direct impact on the economy, either by recognition of the interactions established
with the culture, development and employment, both at global, national and international scales.
The operationalization of the objectives follows the technique of derivation of specific targets in terminal objectives of each course. This program aims to create training competencies, skills and multidisciplinary research methods in objects of study that integrate the physical education, physical activity and sports training in its multiple social and professional expressions to develop them in the context of advanced training, applying them in research situations and professional unfamiliar practice, were the capacity of self-learning and problem solving are linked to advanced research skills, using multimethod and interdisciplinary research processes, maintaining a balance between the lines of fundamental research, applied research and action research.
The researchers graduated by this program will be able to use the research resources in the analysis and critical resolution of problems, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas and in the dissemination of original research among their peers and the community in general. The following competences are stipulated: a). Mobilize research data and use of quantitative and qualitative methods of deep research, applying them in professional extended contexts of diagnostic and evaluation of people, content and organizations; b) Mobilize research models required to the validation and conception of projects and the research of social context on which they integrate; c) Participate and critically cooperate on the definition of policy and community projects with relevance in local development; d) Ability to analyze and summarize, e) Skills of manipulation of information (capacity to collect, retrieve and analyze information from different sources, f) Effective use of information and communication technologies; g) Ability to communicate
orally and in written in foreign(s) language(s).
They should also have the ability to have a critical and self-critical sense, to lead working groups, to work in interdisciplinary teams in national and international context and to act ethically in dilemmas.
The operationalization of objectives and acquisition of competences are made through the implementation of a first curricular year, of seminars and a tutorial guidance throughout the course. Its degree of compliance is measured by evaluating each curricular unit, the periodical presentation of progress reports and by the public defense and evaluation of the doctoral thesis by an external jury.
Ana Maria Miranda Botelho Teixeira
ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)
Carlos Eduardo Barros Gonçalves
Liliana Rosa Dias Figueiredo Almeida Moreira
Recognition of Prior LearningRecognition of prior learning is done at the application phase
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsThe legal framework for the qualification is established on the University of Coimbra PhD framework regulation nº78/2007 published in the Diário da República, 2ªsérie, nº89 , 9 May, 2007.
Defense with external Jury
Access to Further StudiesThis program aims at capacity building, skills and methods of multidisciplinary research in case studies that integrate physical education, physical activity and sports training in its various social and professional terms.
- Physical Activity and Health
- Physical Education
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Special Educational Needs - Adapted Physical Activity
- Sport Management
- Sport Training
3rd Cycle Studies
DGES Code: 5394
Qualification Awarded: Doutor
Duration: 3 Year(s)
ECTS Credits: 180.0
Annual Fee: 2500.0
Call for Applications (only in portuguese)
- 1st Semester
Start date: 19-09-2014
End date: 17-01-2015
- 2nd Semester
Start date: 13-02-2015
End date: 30-05-2015
- 2013-03-06 a 2019-03-05