Doctoral Programme in Cities and Urban Cultures

General Objectives of the Course

The Doctoral Programme in Cities and Urban Cultures is an advanced training programme aimed at developing both scientific research competences and high-level professional qualifications in a specialized branch of sociology, as well as an interdisciplinary interchange between sociology and other scientific areas: an interchange which will cover social and cultural dimensions of urban ways of life and organization and planning forms of contemporary cities. Organized in collaboration between the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and the Centre for Social Studies (CES) as a host institution for doctoral candidates, the doctoral programme is strongly committed to highly up-to-date themes which contribute to understand and empower intervention in a contemporary urban context at several levels.

In the first two years, the programme involves four mandatory units of study (45 ECTS) and two optional units of study (15 ECTS). The third year is fully devoted to writing the dissertation. At the end of the first year, doctoral candidates will present a dissertation project which will be assessed by a jury, whose approval is required for writing the 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 acknowledged 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 Cities and Urban Cultures 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 planning, management and governance of urban dynamics.

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)

Carlos José Cândido Guerreiro Fortuna

Claudino Cristovão Ferreira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes

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 7663/2007 (Official Gazette, 2nd series, no. 80, 24 April 2007).

Graduation Requirements

The doctoral programme lasts for 3 years (6 semesters) and includes a taught component in the first two years, in which approval in each unit of study is required. At the end of the first year, doctoral candidates will present a dissertation project which will be assessed by a jury, whose approval is required for writing the dissertation. The dissertation will 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 Cities and Urban Cultures

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5275

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2000.0


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-07-03 a 2021-07-02
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior