Doctoral Programme in Governance, Knowledge and Innovation

General Objectives of the Course

The DGKI has as its objective to develop new knowledge and research and critical analyses competencies by the doctoral students on a group of central topics to the governance of contemporary societies and economies. The notion that governance became extraordinarily complex and that it is a multidimensional process gathering several coordination mechanisms - State, market, community, networks, knowledge, firms and business hierarchies - is of central importance. These interactions are analysed through two different approaches (two programme profiles): the production, circulation and use of knowledge and the dynamics of the economy and public policies; and the analysis of the processes of co-production of knowledge, technology and society, their impacts and of the way through which different governance modes contribute to identify these processes and mitigate their impacts. The programme seeks an enriching dialogue between the two approaches, with common seminars, and values new disciplinary relations and innovative ways for the production of disciplinary knowledge.

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 bachelor's degree in Sociology, Economics or other adequate fields, with a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized by FEUC's Scientific Council as providing the skills for attending the current study cycle.

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

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

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

The recognition mentioned in points a) 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 an acknowledgement thereof.

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

Professional Goals

Doctoral graduates in Governance, Knowledge and Innovation have qualifications for exercising multiple, different functions within the scope of public administration, companies, associations and non-governmental organizations, as well as teaching and research institutions, in the field of Economics or Sociology, namely on economic governance, knowledge and innovation, and citizend engagement policies.

Mode of Study

Teaching component: Full-time/ Face-to-face/ Daytime | Thesis: Full-time or part-time / Individual work with regularly scheduled meetings

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language and English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The regulations of the University of Coimbra on 3rd cycles are applied here, particularly the UC Pedagogical Regulation and the FEUC General Standards and Assessment.
The attendance to the curricular units of the 1st year is considered mandatory, except in very specific situations but only (in these cases) under the authorization of the coordinators of the Program.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The students will develop competencies for the analysis of public policies, in two main domains. On the one hand, the students will develop competencies for the analysis of institutions and their relationship with economic evolution, identifying political economies and their institutional variety and discussing problems of uncertainty, transaction costs or the contractual approaches, as well as the underlying different forms of governance and the corresponding relations between actors. On the other hand, the students will develop capacities for critical analysis of the processes of co-production of knowledge and society, and their impact, in particular in the context of socio-technical controversies, identifying dominant and alternative discourses and distinct forms of knowledge. The students will acquire tools for the evaluation of public policies, the mapping of controversies and for public engagement and will develop advanced competencies for interdisciplinary work.

Course Coordinator(s)

José Joaquim Dinis Reis

Tiago Tavares Santos Pereira

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

DL 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the DL 107/2008, of 25 June, by the DL 230/2009, of 14 September, and by the DL 115/2013, of 7 August.

Graduation Requirements

The programme leads to the award of the Doctoral Degree in Governance, Knowledge and Innovation, by the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra.
The first area corresponds to credits within the profile ‘Political Economy of Knowledge and Institutions’ and with a thesis with a theme of economic studies. The second area follows the attendance and corresponding credits in the profile ‘Social Studies of Science and Technology’ and a thesis with a theme of sociological studies.
The programme lasts for 4 years, with the first year comprising the curricular part with six semestral seminars with 45 hours each (4 commons to the both profiles and 2 other associated with each profiel), for a total of 60 ECTS. The first semester of the second curricular year is dedicated to seminars preparatory of the thesis work, and consists of a ‘Research Seminar in Economics and Sociology’ (15 ECTS), and a ‘Seminar on the Methodology of Economics and Sociology” (15 ECTS). The approval of the thesis project, in the ‘Research Seminar in Economics and Sociology’, is required to the enrolment in the curricular unit ‘Thesis’. The preparation of the doctoral dissertation thus begins with the second semester of the second year and may extend for 2 additional years. The Doctoral Degree is awarded following the public defense of the Doctoral Thesis, before an evaluation panel set up in accordance with the Academic Regulations of the University of Coimbra.
Students who conclude the 1st year of the study cycle (60 ECTS) will be awarded an Advanced Studies Diploma in Governance, Knowledge and Innovation.

Access to Further Studies

Doctoral graduates will be able to access post-doctoral training, namely in the field of Economics or Sociology, but also in other fields of the social sciences, benefitting from the interdisciplinary training throughout the programme.

Study Programme

Political Economy of Knowledge and Institutions
Social Studies of Science and Technology

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5173

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 2000.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2019-07-31 a 2025-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior