Doctorate in Education Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

This 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.

Admission Requirements

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 Goals

The 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 Study

The course requires full time class attendance on Friday afternoons and Saturdays

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Every 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 Skills

The 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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Ferraz Festas

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Bruno Cecílio de Sousa

Recognition of Prior Learning

The 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 Regulations

The 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

Graduation Requirements

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 Studies

Possibility to access any level that requires a doctorate, namely access to post-doctoral studies.

Study Programme

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

Academic year

Course Type
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


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

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