Interuniversity Doctorate in Psychology Specialty Clinical Psychology - Subject area - Family psychology and Family intervention

Entidade parceira: Universidade de Lisboa

General Objectives of the Course

This doctorate programme aims to develop a set of theoretical, clinical and research knowledge and competencies that contribute to a systematic understanding and critical analysis of family functioning as well as of different contexts and modes of family intervention. The programme is jointly coordinated by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra and the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon and relies on the collaboration of Portuguese and foreign professors who are experts in this scientific field. Its main objectives are:
• To provide doctoral candidates with specialised training/research on topics related to Family Psychology and Family Intervention; to encourage critical analysis of research undertaken in the field and foster the development of research competencies necessary for the excellence of scientific knowledge;
• To promote scientific employment and the integration of researchers into knowledge networks that will facilitate the internationalisation of national research, through strategic national and international cooperation;
• To contribute to the creation of highly specialised and skilled bodies and the possibility of differentiated intervention in the various branches of design and application of social and health policies aimed at the Family;
• To promote the scientific and technological progress of partner Institutions, anchoring current projects and developing new research that is appropriate to the needs of the community and requirements of excellence.

This doctorate in Psychology programme comprises an advanced training course, corresponding to 60 ECTS, and the production of a doctoral thesis (120 ECTS). The advanced training course, with the duration of 2 semesters, is a preparatory and probationary phase of the student’s journey in the doctorate programme and facilitates the development of research competencies that allow Clinical psychology studies to be designed, carried out and evaluated. Enrolment in the 2nd phase is subject to attendance, with an assessment of Good or more, of the advanced training course.
After undertaking the advanced training course, students with the minimum necessary grade can proceed to definitively register the topic and plan for the doctoral thesis.

Admission Requirements

Application to the study cycle conducive to the title of doctor is open to those who:
a) Hold a master’s degree or legal equivalent in Psychology;
b) As an exception, hold a licenciado degree or legal equivalent in Psychology, and possess a particularly relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged by the Scientific and Coordinating Committee as evidence of ability to undertake this study cycle.
c) As an exception, hold a master’s or licenciado degree or legal equivalent in other areas, and possess a particularly relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged by the Scientific and Coordinating Committee as evidence of ability to undertake this study cycle.

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

Professional Goals

The 3rd cycle of studies is aimed essentially at Psychology graduates who have work/research, and/or additional training, in the fields of family and/or systemic intervention. It comprises a way to extend the integrated study cycle in Psychology (Integrated Master), thus concluding higher education as established in the Bologna Process. Moreover, entering the 3rd cycle of studies facilitates the creation of consistent research contexts and networks, therefore contributing to the promotion of programmes of international cooperation of excellence and likewise encouraging.

Mode of Study

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

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The final qualification is attributed by the doctoral jury in light of the merit of the thesis evaluated in the public act.

Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula Pais Rodrigues Fonseca Relvas

Madalena Moutinho Alarcão Silva

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

The Qualification framework is in Law-Decree 74/2006, 24th of March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

Passing all curricular units included in the advanced training course, with the minimum quantitative classification of 14 and qualitative assessment of Good; producing and defending a thesis, with original scientific content and sufficient quality (after approval of the respective Project) in the chosen area (120 ECTS).
Upon its successful conclusion a diploma will be granted, issued by both Universities.

Access to Further Studies

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

Study Programme

Inter-Universitary PhD Program in Psychology, specialization in Clinical Psychology - subject area: Family Psychology and Family Intervention

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5628

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


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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Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 3444/2011/AL01