Doctoral Programme in Political Economy

Entidades parceiras: ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa IUL, Universidade de Lisboa

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD in Political Economy overcomes a gap in advanced training, aligning it with an 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 history; a changing system in terms of its institutions and scales. This programme will emphasize the knowledge about the evolution of capitalism in Portugal, in the frame of the European and global contexts that shape its convergence and divergence trajectories. Having as its starting point the confluence between 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; the challenges posed by integration processes or the nature of crises and of the public policy responses.

Admission Requirements

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.

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

Mode of Study


Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The 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 socioeconomic 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.

Course Coordinator(s)

João Pedro Amaral Cabouco Rodrigues

Study Programme

Economia Política

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: PA42

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2018-03-08 a 2024-03-07
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior