Doctoral Programme in Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship

General Objectives of the Course

Objectives: The neoliberal globalization and the resistance against it, which configures today an alternative, counter-hegemonic globalization, have been requiring in opposite ways that the postcolonialism question be further studied. On the one hand, neoliberal globalization is starting to be considered today as a new form of colonialism, even in UN institutions. On the other hand, movements which constitute the alternative globalisation are increasingly aware that resistance to neoliberal globalization has to be understood as the construction of a postcoloniality paradigm, in which economic, social and cultural dimensions are analysed in a much broader background of history, culture, arts, literature and epistemology of people who have shared the colonial area in very unequal positions. This programme seeks to be a reflection space for sociological learning applied to the complex social reality in the world, as well as a broad scope for debate and theoretical, methodological and technical refinement of the subjects in question. Students in this programme come from different cultural backgrounds and attend a truly international centre. Seminars and research taking place at the CES reflect this diversity. Unlike some centres in which it is expected that students follow agendas as stipulated by their supervisors, CES is open to propositions that meet the students’ own objectives.

Curricular Structure: During the first year, attendance of six seminars is expected (60 ECTS) and in the third semester a guidance seminar (including research methods) and an advanced training seminar (30 ECTS) are to be attended. At the end of this third semester, each student is expected to develop a doctoral dissertation project. The fourth semester and the third year will be devoted to undertake field work and the fourth year to developing the 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 in Sociology or other Social and Human Sciences, 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 FEUC's Scientific Council as providing the skills for attending the current 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 Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship 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 Sociology, namely in areas related to postcolonial and citizenship issues.

Mode of Study

Full-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule. Teaching sessions will take place on Friday and Saturday.

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)

Eliana Patrícia Carvalho Branco

José Manuel Oliveira Mendes

Maria Margarida de Sá Calafate Ribeiro

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

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 13417-AA/2007 (Official Gazette, 2nd series, no. 122, 27 June 2007).

Graduation Requirements

The doctoral programme lasts for 4 years (8 semesters) and includes a taught component in the first two years. Attendance and approval in first-year seminars are required to present 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 Sociology by the University of Coimbra.

Access to Further Studies

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

Study Programme

Doctoral Programme in Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5219

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 2000.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2023-07-31 a 2026-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1601/2011