Doctoral Programme in Sociology

General Objectives of the Course

Objectives: The Doctoral Programme in Sociology is an advanced training programme aimed at developing both scientific research competences and high-level professional qualifications in sociology, as well as an interdisciplinary interchange between sociology and other scientific areas. It is based on the theoretical and methodological matrix, and develops both broad and specific subjects according to the timeliness of research subjects and analytical interest shown by certain, more contextualized social processes. The main objective of this programme is to contribute to advance theoretical, methodological and empirical knowledge in sociology, with a particular emphasis on the knowledge of Portuguese, European and Latin-American realities, and in particular regarding social, political, and cultural transformation dynamics in these societies, as well as to promote conditions to apply such knowledge in an administrative and technical intervention context.

Curricular Structure: This Programme offers two training paths: one with a broad curricular base – regular doctoral programme – and another based on a research project – doctoral project programme. The first year of the programme is structured in seminars (60 ECTS). At the end of the first year, doctoral candidates shall present a Dissertation Project and develop it during the two following years (120 ECTS).

Admission Requirements

As defined in Article 64 of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra:

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.

This Doctoral Programme offers two training paths: one with a broad curricular base – regular doctoral programme – and another based on a research project – project doctoral programme. The first path applies to candidates admitted based on the assessment of their scientific curriculum. The second path applies to candidates admitted based on their technical-professional experience and that: (a) present a Ph.D proposal that is object of approval; and (b) are part of teams responsible for national or international research projects. In alternative to (b), the second path can also apply to candidates who: (c) have a national or foreign Ph.D fellowship, or (d) that, after attending and having been highly classified in any of the Master’s programmes in Sociology at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, show exceptional motivation and research abilities.

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

Professional Goals

Doctoral graduates in Sociology have qualifications for exercising multiple, different functions in the scope of public administration, companies, organizations and non-governmental organizations, as well as in teaching and research institutions, in fields related to social politics, including local politics, social inequalities, justice, social integration, heritage management, teaching and school administration, employment, health and culture.

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

- Acquisition of advanced knowledge in a particular area of Physics, complementing that obtained at a Master’s level in Physics or similar field.
- Development of competences, abilities and research methods in a particular field of Physics.
- Development of ability to autonomously conceive, design and perform original research work of high quality according to international standards.
- Development of critical analysis skills and of ability to synthesise new ideas and perspetives.
- Development of communication skills – with pairs, with the scientific community and with the society – in a particular area of physics.

Course Coordinator(s)

Carlos José Cândido Guerreiro Fortuna

Sílvia Maria Dias Ferreira

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.

Graduation Requirements

The doctoral programme lasts for 3 years (6 semesters) and includes a taught component in the first year. Attendance and approval in first year seminars are required for the development of a Qualification Exam at the end of the first year, during which a dissertation project will be presented to a jury, whose approval is required for access to 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


Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9344

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2000.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
End date: 18-12-2020
2nd Semester
Start date: 08-02-2021
End date: 21-05-2021


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2020-07-31 a 2026-07-30
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