Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution

General Objectives of the Course

Objectives: The Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution is oriented towards building up advanced competences for interpretation of contemporary international politics. Organized in collaboration between the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and the Centre for Social Studies (CES) as a host institution for doctoral candidates, the doctoral programme is strongly committed to highly up-to-date themes, with a particular emphasis on the study of international conflict dynamics both from the point of view of conflict causes and emergence signs and from the point of view of theoretical and technical tools for conflict resolution, thus seeking to combine research agendas from conflict studies and peace studies.



Curricular Structure: The doctoral programme lasts for a minimum of 4 years (eight semesters) and includes a taught component in the first two years (65 ECTS). Attendance and approval in programme seminars with a minimum grade of 14/20 are required for presenting a dissertation project (55 ECTS), whose successful defence is required for subsequent dissertation development (120 ECTS). The dissertation will then be defended in a public examination. The doctoral programme is integrated in the EDEN European network with first rate universities in this field. An European Supplement to the Ph.D Diploma can be obtained by fulfilling four requirements: (1) obtaining a Ph.D degree; (2) stay for a minimum of six months during the doctoral programme in one of the universities of the network; (3) attendance of two Intensive Programmes offered by the network during the doctoral programme; and (4) delivery to and discussion with a network jury of a text justifying the contribution of the candidate’s dissertation to the study field of peace and conflicts. This proposal represents an innovation in national academic life and intends to confirm the University of Coimbra as a reference centre for study and debate in International Relations.

Admission Requirements

As defined in Article 64 of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra and in the Act creating this doctoral programme:

a) holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent in International Relations or other Social and Sciences;

b) lecturers which have been approved in educational aptitude and scientific capacity tests;

c) holders of a bachelor's degree in International Relations or other Social Sciences (or its equivalent in other countries) with a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized by FEUC's Scientific Council as providing the skills for attending the current study cycle;

d) holders of other bachelor’s or master’s degrees, as long as the FEUC’s Scientific Council considers that their study plan is in condition to be effectively and usefully inserted in the programme;

e) holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee and by FEUC's Scientific Council as providing the skills for attending the study cycle.



The recognition mentioned in points c), d) and e) only allows access to a study cycle conducting to a doctoral degree, and does not entitle its holder any equivalence to a bachelor's or master's degree or a recognition thereof.

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

Professional Goals

Doctoral graduates in International Politics and Conflict Resolution have advanced qualifications for exercising multiple different functions in the field of international politics in general, and on the subjects of peace and conflicts in particular, namely in international organizations, state bodies (diplomatic career), in international relations departments and offices at public bodies and non-governmental organizations, in the media and in teaching and research institutions.

Mode of Study

Full-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule. Teaching sessions will take place on Friday, in the morning and afternoon.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra. The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements. The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed. Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment. element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Raquel de Sousa Freire
rfreire@fe.uc.pt

Recognition of Prior Learning

Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions can be recognized.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The qualification is framed by the Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the Decree-Law No. 107/2008, of 25 June, and by the Decree-Law No. 230/2009, of 14 September. Order 13417-Z/2007 (Official Gazette, 2nd series, no. 122, 27 June 2007).

Graduation Requirements

The doctoral programme lasts for a minimum of 4 years (8 semesters) and includes a taught component in the first two years. Attendance and approval in first-year seminars with a minimum grade of 14/20 are required for the presentation of a dissertation project, whose successful defence is required for subsequent dissertation development. The dissertation will then be defended in a public examination. This programme leads to a doctoral degree in International Relations by the University of Coimbra.

Access to Further Studies

Doctoral graduates will be able to access post-doctoral programmes, namely in the field of International Relations

Study Programme

Doctoral Programme in International Relations

Academic year
2010-2011

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5231

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0


Applications

Call for Applications


Calendar

1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2010
Start date (first year): 20-09-2010
End date: 18-12-2010
2nd Semester
Start date: 16-02-2011
End date: 04-06-2011

Accreditations

Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-01-05 a 2021-01-04
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
2011-03-18