Doctoral Programme in Political Economy
Entidades parceiras: Universidade de Lisboa, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa IUL
General Objectives of the CourseThe PhD in Political Economy seeks to overcome a gap in advanced training in Portugal, bringing it closer to a relevant international trend in the social sciences: the interdisciplinary rediscovery of the study of capitalism as a socio-economic and power system; a diversified system throughout time and in each moment of its history; a changing system in terms of its institutional frameworks and scales. This programme will emphasize the creation and reproduction of knowledge about the evolution of capitalism in Portugal, in the frame of the European and global contexts that have shaped and still shape its convergence and divergence trajectories. Having as its starting point the confluence between the scientific domains of Economics, Sociology, History and Law, this study cycle will delve into subjects such as: the relationships between the state, the community and the market in the context of systems of provision of goods and services; the regulatory controversies in relevant areas – from the labour market to the financial system, as well as social security; the challenges posed by integration processes or the nature of crises and the most suitable public policy responses.
Any master degree in Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition, the program’s coordinators may consider applicants with other second cycle level backgrounds thought as adequate for prosecution of this program of studies, taking into consideration the candidates’ CV.
Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.
Professional GoalsThis study cycle strives for highly demanding training in order to foster students’
capabilities along two main paths: a) career advancement in top administration, both in the public and private sectors (from technician to general director; from technician to chief executive); b) the development of relevant research projects that impact the scientific community and may lead to the integration in a academic career.
Mode of StudyDaytime
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Portuguese language
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingAs 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. 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.
The thesis final classification is defined in accordance to the academic regulation of the University in which it is registered.
Learning Objectives and Intended SkillsThe PhD in Political Economy fosters the theoretical and methodological training of students, granting an in-depth empirical knowledge of international and national political economy, and linking domains that are usually examined in separate. Special focus is placed on the development of analytical and technical skills that promote students’ ability to create relevant knowledge, to critically assess ideas and to aptly intervene in policy development. More specifically, this study cycle strives for highly demanding training in order to foster students’ capabilities along two main paths: career advancement in top administration, both in the public and private sectors, providing them with the ability to understand a complex and ever-changing socio-economic and political context; and the development of relevant research projects that impact the scientific community and may lead to the integration in a academic career.
João Pedro Amaral Cabouco Rodrigues
Recognition of Prior LearningRecognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsThe legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording
The PhD programme in Political Economy lasts 8 semesters. The final approval of the thesis project occurs at the end of the 2nd year’s 1st semester, within the Research Design and Academic Writing CU. In this CU, the students have the opportunity to present and discuss the first version of their PhD research project with colleagues and professors. At this stage the final version of the PhD research project will be formally approved. The evaluation of the final version of the PhD proposal will be made by a Jury constituted by a member of the CU, who will be the President of that jury, the supervisor/tutor of the student and a discussant, who may be external to the CU. The supervisor and the discussant will propose the grade, and the President will make the final decision.
Access to Further StudiesDoctoral graduates will be able to access post-doctoral programmes, namely in the field of Social Sciences.
3rd Cycle Studies
DGES Code: PA42
Qualification Awarded: Doutor
Duration: 4 Year(s)
ECTS Credits: 240.0
Annual Fee: 2000.0
Call for Applications
- 1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
- 2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022
- 2018-03-08 a 2024-03-07