Doctoral Programme in Law, Justice, and Citizenship in the 21st Century

General Objectives of the Course

The study cycle aims at promoting the interdisciplinary study of Law in society. It combines the analysis of the transformations of law and justice with the theoretical perspectives from the Legal Science and the Sociology of
Law and other Social Sciences. By combining socio-legal visions and experiences from Europe, Latin America and Africa, it fosters a broad debate on the reform of the administration of justice, the promotion of human rights and citizenship. Contact with different views and experiences, through rigorous theoretical synthesis on themes of eminent topicality, aims at providing students with critical spirit, ability to understand the most complex sociolegal
problems and autonomously develop scientific research leading to new solutions.

Admission Requirements

1 - Holders of bachelor's or master in Sociology, Law or other Social Sciences and Humanities.
2 - Minimum graduation mark required is 16 points out of 20.
3 - Exceptionally and after positive decision of the scientific committee of the PhD Program, candidates with lower marks or holders of other degrees or master's degrees by other Portuguese or foreign universities can be accepted provided that their curriculum reveals an adequate scientific preparation.

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

Professional Goals

Doctoral graduates in Law, Justice, and Citizenship in the 21st Century are qualified to access a career in university teaching and research at national or international level, namely in the fields of Law and Sociology.

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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Learning objectives: Taking into account, on the one hand, the diversity of academic backgrounds and, on the other hand, that about 60% of students are not Portuguese, the aim is that students get acquainted with a set of theoretical concepts and models structuring the discussions on the issues of state, human rights, the judiciary and access to justice. The concept of justice is to be discussed in a broad way, guiding the debate to the topic of the new challenges and transformations of Law and Justice. Students should develop skills for scientific research and for writing their dissertations on today's most complex socio-juridical issues, contributing to the scientific progress and sustainable development. The knowledge acquired is to be operationalized through seminars with mandatory attendance and without exemption.
The degree of compliance will be measured by the number of approvals and average rating on a scale of 0 to 20 in the 1st and 2nd academic years. Writing, submission and defence of a PhD dissertation.

Course Coordinator(s)

António Manuel Carvalho Casimiro Ferreira

João António Fernandes Pedroso

José Manuel Aroso Linhares

Maria Alexandra Sousa Aragão

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 23446/2006 (Official Gazette, 2nd series, no. 221, 16 October 2006).

Graduation Requirements

The doctoral programme lasts for a maximum of 5 years (10 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 Law or Sociology by the University of Coimbra.

Access to Further Studies

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

Study Programme

Doctoral Programme in Law, Justice, and Citizenship in the 21st Century

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9535

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 5 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 300.0

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
2014-05-07 a 2020-05-06
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior