Doctorate in Education Sciences
General Objectives of the CourseThis level of studies is aimed at creating a critical mass in specific and interdisciplinary fields of knowledge within Education, which make possible a highly demanding technological and cultural dynamic, as well as boosting the scientific status of the institution itself by expanding ongoing research projects and developing new ones in response to the needs of the communities themselves.
1 — Application to the study cycle conducive to the title of doctor of Education Sciences is open to those who:
a) Hold a master’s degree or legal equivalent;
b) Hold a licentiate degree, and possess a particularly relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged by the Scientific Council of the FPCE-UC as evidence of ability to undertake this study cycle;
c) Possess a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is acknowledged by the Scientific Council of the FPCE-UC as evidence of ability to undertake this study cycle.
2 – Acknowledgement mentioned in sections b) and c) of the previous item only allows access to the cycle of studies conducive to the title of doctor, and does not bestow on its holder an equivalence to a licentiate or master degree from the UC, or in any way acknowledge it.
Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.
Professional GoalsThe purpose of this study cycle is to foster lifelong training, by developing knowledge and providing methodological updates, both for a more consistent professional practice, and to enter/progress in a career, specifically, the career of lecturer and researcher in Higher Education.
Mode of StudyThe course requires full time class attendance on Friday afternoons and Saturdays
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Portuguese
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingEvery CU is assessed with Approved/Failed, except in the Thesis Plan Follow-up Seminar. The latter requires a presentation and defence of the project with a jury that includes an external examiner, and the assessment is expressed using an Insufficient/ Sufficient/Good/Very Good scale. With Good and Very Good, the PhD student moves on to the thesis development phase in the 2nd and 3rd years; with Sufficient, the candidate obtains only the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS), and with Insufficent they are not allowed to move on to the 2nd year and cannot obtain the DAS.
Learning Objectives and Intended SkillsThe aim is for PhD students to acquire specialised training in different areas of Education Sciences, furthering and exercising their research skills, developing critical skills in order to strengthen their ties with the education system, promoting their qualification, developing critical thinking, substantiating and diversifying the diagnosis of problematic situations and their hypotheses of solution.
Maria Isabel Ferraz Festas
ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)
Bruno Cecílio de Sousa
Recognition of Prior LearningThe University of Coimbra, through its organic teaching units, accredits previous academic or professional experience pursuant to obtaining an academic degree or diploma, according to the legal regime defined by DL 74/2006, of 24 March, republished in DL 65/2018, of 16 August. This accreditation is granted under the Regulation of Previous Training and Professional Experience of the University of Coimbra, published as Regulation No. 191/2014, of May 15, rectified by Order No. 10067/2017, of 21 November.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsThe Qualification framework is in Law-Decree 74/2006, 24th of March, with the wording amended by Decree No 107/2008, 25th of June and order Nº 782/2009 , 23rd July
The FPCE-UC grants a doctoral degree to students who obtain 180 ECTS, which correspond to:
approval in all the 1st year curricular units of the Study Programme of the Cycle of Studies; elaboration and defence of a scientifically original, well qualified thesis (120 ECTS) in the chosen field (after approval of its respective Project).
Access to Further StudiesPossibility to access any level that requires a doctorate, namely access to post-doctoral studies.
- Common core
- Doctorate in Education Sciences
- Areas of expertise
- Specialization in Education, Community Development and Adult Education - with class attendance
- Specialization in Organization of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Training" - with class attendance
3rd Cycle Studies
DGES Code: 5116
Qualification Awarded: Doutor
Duration: 3 Year(s)
ECTS Credits: 180.0
Annual Fee: 1583.0
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
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