PhD degree in Geography

General Objectives of the Course

Training of experts (autonomous and responsible researchers) and highly qualified professionals in geography which is a vital scientific field to society, economy, environment and land management in Portugal.

Admission Requirements

"Eligible candidates include:
a) Holders of an MA degree in Geography, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Economy, Sociology and other Social Sciences,
b) Holders of a BA degree with an especially relevant academic curriculum or scientific qualifications assessed by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and considered appropriate for the attendance of this course;
c) Holders of academic, scientific or professional qualifications assessed by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and considered appropriate for the attendance of this PhD course;
The assessment mentioned in subparagraphs b) and c) of the previous number only allows access to the PhD course. It does not award its holder an equivalence to a BA or an MA degree, nor does it award these degrees."

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

Mode of Study


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Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Ex: 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 the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according 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

"Collect and process geographic information and use quantitative and qualitative methods, applying them in wider theoretical and professional contexts of analysis and land management;
Mobilize research models to support and develop projects and research of the territorial context in which they are included.
Participate in research and service provision projects in fields, such as administration and land management by integrating the acquired knowledge in the ability to make complex decisions in situations of limited information.
Produce and implement original models of development appropriate to different social, political and territorial contexts.
Participate and critically cooperate in the definition of politics and projects for local and regional development.
Develop a critical awareness of the identity and specificity of the territories in which the professional works, as well as of their communities, in a perspective of the exercise of informed citizenship and tolerance."

Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula Santana Rodrigues

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albano Augusto Figueiredo Rodrigues

Luca António Dimuccio

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 legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

To obtain the PhD degree, students should obtain a successful assessment in the curricular units and the public defense of an original dissertation.

Study Programme

Human Geography
Physical Geography

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9650

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1417.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2022-07-31 a 2028-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior