PhD in Anthropology

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD in Anthropology is designed to meet the current requirements of the PhD within the European area and to adapt the activities of advanced study and research to the current reality in the field of anthropology, subdivided into three specialtizations: Biological Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology. In particularly for the branches in Biological Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology are completely unique in Portugal. The programme aims to study human health, disease and well-being; the understanding of the human variation, in past and living populations, from a bio-cultural point of view; social practices and representations of culture, politics, patrimony and museums; topics such as human evolution, human ecology, bioarcheology/skeletal biology, paleopathology, genetics, forensics, cultural and social dynamics.

Admission Requirements

a) Hold a master's degree or legal equivalent;
b) Hold a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and related areas with at least 4 years of full-time academic training in Higher Education or equivalent in a degree obtained abroad, and a minimum classification of 18 (out of 20);
c) Hold a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting capacity to pursue this cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra.

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

Professional Goals

Museums, Municipalities, Laboratories, Forensic Institutions, Universities, Research, Civil Society Organizations, International Organizations (ex: UN Agencies), Corporations.

Mode of Study

Full-Time; face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese/ English

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 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

The objectives of the third cicle course are to provide consistent training and updated knowledge in Anthropology, in each of the three specializations: Biological Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology. The units of the curriculum complement each other in order to give to the student the knowledge and skills that enable to compete and integrate teams in the global market.

Course Coordinator(s)

Gonçalo João Duro dos Santos

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

Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, changed and republished by the decree: D-L no. 107/2008, 25th June, by the Decree-Law no. 230/2009, 14th September, by the Dispatch no. 7733/2007, 26th April and by the Dispatch no. 9060/2011, 14th July.

Graduation Requirements

In the first year, the students must complete a set of 60 ECTS. After obtaining these 60 ECTS, students must obtain approval in the Advanced Seminars in Anthropology (in a total of 6 ECTS) and devote themselves to the research work with a view to writing the Thesis (114 ECTS), which will be evaluated by a jury.

Access to Further Studies

PhD in Anthropology allows access to Post Doctoral.

Study Programme

Specialization in Biological Anthropology
Specialization in Forensic Anthropology
Specialization in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5102

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 09-09-2024
End date: 14-12-2024
2nd Semester
Start date: 03-02-2025
End date: 22-05-2025


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