PhD in History

General Objectives of the Course

- Promoting excellence in teaching and research in the area of national and international history;
- Encourage an ongoing quest for innovation and creativity;
- Promoting pathways in scientific research and knowledge production in line with the new challenges posed by the humanities 2020 agenda;
- Encourage questioning and deepening of knowledge in different areas of expertise (epochal trans-epochal, local/regional, national or international)
- Develop the ability to critically and interdisciplinarily analyze different thematic areas;
Reflection on issues, concepts and theoretical and interpretative models in inter-and transdisciplinary dialogue with other Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Encourage self learning and autonomy to build the knowledge and preparation of work leading to the doctoral thesis;
- Production of material for the preservation of memory and historical knowledge and sustainability of society.

Admission Requirements

The following are eligible to apply to this program: a) Holders of a master's degree, or its legal equivalent; b) Holders of a bachelor's degree, those who have an academic or professional resume of particular relevance that is recognized by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as attesting to the ability to complete this study cycle; c) those who have an academic or professional resume of particular relevance that is recognized by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as attesting to the ability to complete this study cycle
The recognition referred to in points b) and c) above only allow access to the study cycle leading to a PhD, and does not confer the equivalence of a bachelor's or master's degree, or the recognition of same.

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

Professional Goals

The Ph.D in History will be able to develop activities in cultural and patrimonial areas, being allowed to accessorize private and public institutions, in the cultural area. The training will be of great value in the actual business world, with several possibilities: creating historic contents (features, videogames), historic events recreation, giving information for touristic and patrimonial development projects. It gives the necessary knowledge for a career as a teacher or researcher in a University, allowing the renewal of the teaching staff and the qualification of the active population.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

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 assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to 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

- Knowledge of the latest historiography, national and international trends in medieval, modern and contemporary history.
- Identification of the main fields of the current historiographical agenda.
- Extended historical culture and consequent ability to capture the complexity of societies and cultures (the medieval, modern and contemporary eras).
- Understanding of the problems, the conceptualizations and methodologies inherent in research of new historiographical objects.
- Competence in the face of the challenges posed by new methodologies, new technological documents and virtualization of files.
- Ability to clearly explain, both orally and in writing, research findings, in particular the ability to edit sources and develop historiographical texts according to established standards.
- Consolidation of skills and strengthening of autonomy in research and construction of the historical text.

Course Coordinator(s)

António Resende de Oliveira

Maria Antónia da Silva Figueiredo Lopes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Margarida Sobral da Silva Neto

Recognition of Prior Learning

According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Earning 240 ECTS that include a public defense of an original dissertation.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research.

Study Programme

Early Modern History
Medieval History
Modern and Contemporany History

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9341

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1425.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-09-23 a 2021-09-22
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior