Doctoral Programme in Economics

General Objectives of the Course

Objectives: The Doctoral Programme in Economics aims at providing advanced scientific training in economic analysis. Doctoral graduates in Economics should be able to perform highly demanding tasks and to adapt to new micro- and macroeconomic contexts. The Doctoral Programme in Economics is taught by doctorate professors who advise students on the choice of their dissertation’s topic and guide them during research. Students will be integrated in regular research activities at the Faculty. Since 2009/2010, the Doctoral Programme has been offered together with the School of Economics and Management at the University of Minho. In 2011/2012, the first semester will be taught in Braga and the second semester in Coimbra.

Curricular Structure: The Programme includes attendance of classes and seminars, as well as writing and defending a final dissertation. The taught part is composed of mandatory (75 ECTS) and optional (15 ECTS) units of study, in which the first year consists only of mandatory units of study. The dissertation project will be submitted in the 4th semester and the following semesters will be devoted to writing a doctoral dissertation.

Admission Requirements

As defined in Article 64 of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra and in the Act creating this doctoral programme:

a) holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent;

b) lecturers which have been approved in educational aptitude and scientific capacity tests;

c) holders of a bachelor's degree with a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized by FEUC's Scientific Council as providing the skills for attending the current study cycle;

d) holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee and by FEUC's Scientific Council as providing the skills for attending the study cycle.

The recognition mentioned in points c) and d) only allows access to a study cycle conducting to a doctoral degree, and does not entitle its holder any equivalence to a bachelor's or master's degree or a recognition thereof.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Doctoral graduates in Economics have qualifications to exercise functions in several business fields, such as auditing and consulting, banking and insurance, studies and planning, teaching and research, namely in central, regional and local public administration, public bodies, and national and international companies and organizations.

Mode of Study

Full-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule. Teaching sessions will take place on Friday. In the academic year 2011/2012, the 1st semester will take place at the University of Minho and the 2nd at the University of Coimbra.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As 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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Paulino Maria Freitas Teixeira

Pedro Miguel Avelino Bação

Recognition of Prior Learning

Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions can be recognized.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The qualification is framed by the Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the Decree-Law No. 107/2008, of 25 June, and by the Decree-Law No. 230/2009, of 14 September. Order 1827/2009 (Official Gazette, 2nd series, no. 9, 14 October 2009).

Graduation Requirements

At the end of the first year, composed by eight mandatory units of study, the student must undergo an exam on the main subjects taught during the first two semesters. Approval in this exam must be obtained for admission to the second year. In the third semester, the candidate must attend and obtain approval in an unit of seminars in Economics and in two optional units, and must also submit a dissertation project, whose successful defence is required for subsequent dissertation development. The dissertation will then be defended in a public examination. This programme leads to a doctoral degree in Economics by the University of Coimbra.

Access to Further Studies

Doctoral graduates will be able to access post-doctoral programmes, namely in the field of Economics.

Study Programme

Doctorate Program in Economics

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9339

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-03-06 a 2021-03-05
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior