The Doctoral Program in Culture Studies is part of a network hosted by the Lisbon Consortium that brings together the academy and the art world through a partnership between the MA and PhD Programs in Culture Studies at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and prominent cultural institutions in Lisbon (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança, Culturgest, Fundação Oriente, Centro Nacional de Cultura, Oceanário de Lisboa, Parques de Sintra-Monte da Lua, Fundação EDP, Fundação Millennium BCP, Fundação Amélia de Mello and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa).
The Doctoral Program in Culture Studies is a four-year research program in the Humanities and Social Sciences aimed at graduates and professionals from the cultural sector who wish to advance their university education within a theoretically solid and groundbreaking framework.
The program is born out of the commitment to develop a doctoral program that promotes both high-level research training at the forefront of scientific interest and responds to the cultural sector's growing call for highly qualified professionals. It is inspired by the ‘collaborative turn' on two levels: firstly as a model of advanced research training that draws from artistic practice and cultural management to reflect on theory and in turn embeds practice in theoretically informed premises; secondly as a form of doctoral training that is transnational by definition, because the study of culture inevitably deals with diversity.
The program intends to inspire students to customize their curriculum and is committed to supporting work placement. It will provide doctoral students with methodological tools for cultural analysis, challenging them to revise phenomena that are either "invisible" or undervalued by contemporary societies while encouraging a look into the humanist tradition to deepen the understanding of the discourses and creations that have molded cultural history. Consequently, it aims to promote original and internationally relevant research and to integrate doctoral students into multinational research teams. In addition, it will support knowledge transfer, urging students to take their work outside the seminar room and interact with professional realities other than academia.
Therefore, the Lisbon Consortium offers a Summer School for all the master and Ph.D. students, an annual Graduate Conference fully organized by Ph.D. students, as well as an online journal published bi-annually under the editorial direction of students in the doctoral program in Cultural Studies.
Students of the Ph.D. Program in Culture Studies of The Lisbon Consortium can apply to the Ph.D. Net - European Doctoral Program in Literary and Cultural Studies, an international network between UCP, University of Giessen, University of Helsinki, University of Bergamo, University of Stockholm, University of Graz, and the University of Warwick.
Why Católica-Human Sciences Masters?
Seeking to prepare competent and integral professionals, the Católica-Human Sciences Master's Degree students may draw upon a vast reputation and track record duly reflected in the high levels of employability of its students. Three of our MA Programs are ranked among the very best in the world in the fields of Arts Management, Communication Sciences, and Marketing.
With curricular options emerging from the vanguard of scientific research while tailored to the realities of the business world, the Faculty of Human Sciences presents a solid and diversified range of Master’s Degree programs.
The Católica-Human Sciences programs also draw upon a highly qualified teaching staff, including renowned international speakers with internationalization further encouraged through student exchanges and inclusion into European research networks.
Our Master’s Degrees constitute specialist options of excellence, preparing students to develop the reflective thinking necessary to becoming high-quality professionals, with ethical training, and under the care of high-profile researchers and professors.
Additionally, Católica-Human Sciences students gain access to a very broad range of partnerships and internships for the benefit of their curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Awards and Partnerships
Within the International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies, FCT will grant up to 6 doctoral grants each year from 2015 to 2018. For more information on how to apply, please check the website.
As an Associate Partner of the Lisbon Consortium, the Millennium BCP Foundation offers up to 3 scholarships for Portuguese Masters and Doctoral Degree students upon admission to the program. The fellowship consists of a reduction of full-tuition in the first two semesters.
Within the Academic Collaboration between the EDP Foundation and the Lisbon Consortium, the Doctoral Program in Culture Studies offers a grant for an international student who wishes to pursue a doctoral degree at the Lisbon Consortium.
The Prize "The Lisbon Consortium Thesis Publication" is granted by the sponsor BPI to the most outstanding Master dissertation or Doctoral Degree thesis. The prize supports the publication of the work and also entails prize money for the student.
BA and MA Degree preferably in a related field of studies (Humanities and Social Sciences);
Interview (interviews can be held through Skype).
English Language Certificate – minimum CEFR C1 (taken after January 2019):
IELTS 7.0 minimum;
TOEFL 100 + minimum 24 in all skills;
Cambridge Advanced Certificate;
Candidates without a Language Certificate may sit for a test at the Faculty (cost: €150.00); the result of minimum C1 required.
Documents required for the application
Curriculum Vitae in Portuguese or English;
University Transcripts of Records - Original documents should be presented upon registration;
Motivation Letter (2 pages max.) - the motivation letter should introduce you to the selection committee, explain why you have chosen this program and why you would be a good fit;
Identification document (Passport or ID card);
Payment of the non-refundable application fee;
1 passport size photo - upon registration;
Vaccination record (tetanus vaccine updated) - upon registration.
Note: Besides those mentioned above, any other documents that Applicants find relevant to their application may be included.
Note: All Degrees earned abroad, Transcripts, and Certificates must be duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French or Spanish).
Eduardo Prado Cardoso
"The PhD in Culture Studies has proven to be a stimulating space for deep and independent research, which, in my case, is essentially interdisciplinary. If traditional seminars offer the very much needed contact with key theoretical concepts and references, other CECC-organized events (ranging from high-level international conferences to film club sessions) give room to the practice of academic, public communications. Engaging in such an international group such as the Lisbon Consortium brings us perspectives that challenge some pre-existent world views, and that, to me, is vital to foster any intelectual activity."