Inter-University Program of Doctorate Program in Psychology, Specialty in Psychology of Education

Entidade parceira: Universidade de Lisboa

General Objectives of the Course

This PhD in Psychology results from a partnership between FPCE-UC and FP-UL and aims to deepen and extend theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in the specialty of Educational Psychology, particularly in three areas of research: Learning in Educational Context, Personal and Career Development, Health and Wellness Promotion;

This PhD program in psychology integrates a course of advanced training, corresponding to 60 ECTS, and the preparation of the doctoral thesis (120 ECTS). The advanced training course, lasting two semesters, is a propaedeutic and evidentiary phase for the student in the PhD program, and allows the development of research skills that enable the design, implementation and evaluation of studies in the scope of Educational Psychology. Entry on the second phase depends on the approval (mark “Good” or higher), on the advanced training course. Upon completion of the advanced training course, students who obtain the necessary approval mark are able to register the plan and theme of the doctoral thesis.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the PhD course must have meet the following requirements:
a) Holders of a Master’s degree or equivalent in psychology;
b) Exceptionally, holders of a “licenciatura” degree or equivalent in Psychology, holders of an academic and scientific especially relevant curriculum that is recognized to prove their competences to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific and Coordinating Committee.
c) Exceptionally, holders of a master degree or “licenciatura” or equivalent in other scientific areas, holders of an academic and scientific especially relevant curriculum that is recognized to prove their competences to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific and Coordinating Committee.

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

Professional Goals

The purpose of this course is to provide lifelong learning, enabling the integration of students into research networks nationally and internationally and strengthening links between professionals and their work contexts, through mastery of scientific skills that contribute to the continuous progress of a knowledge-based society.

Mode of Study

The degree implies full-time studies, classroom attendance and classes in the daytime.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The final qualification is awarded by the doctoral jury considering the merit of the thesis examined in public act.

Course Coordinator(s)

Eduardo João Ribeiro Santos

Joaquim Armando Gomes Alves Ferreira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Lisete Santos Mendes Mónico

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

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 PhD degree is granted upon approval on the Advanced Training Course with a minimum quantitative mark of 14 and qualitative “Good” as well as the defense of a thesis, with original scientific content and quality in the area chosen.
For the completion of the Advanced Training Course, and for the completion of the PhD, it is up to both Universities, the assignment of the respective diplomas.

Access to Further Studies

It is possible to access any level that requires a PhD for entry requirements, including access to post-doctoral studies.

Study Programme

Inter-University Program of Doctorate program in Psychology, Specialty in Psychology of Education

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9343

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 1717.0


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
2019-07-31 a 2025-07-30
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