Doctoral Programme in Governance, Knowledge and Innovation
General Objectives of the CourseThe 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.
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 GoalsDoctoral 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 StudyTeaching 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 GradingThe 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 SkillsThe 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.
João Carlos Freitas Arriscado Nunes
José Joaquim Dinis Reis
Tiago Tavares Santos Pereira
ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)
Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes
Recognition of Prior LearningThe recognition of prior learning is possible according to the Regulation of Crediting of Previous Training and Work Experience of the University of Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsDL 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.
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 StudiesDoctoral 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.
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: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
- 2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
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