PhD in Economic and Organizational Sociology


Program Description

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The Ph.D. Economic and Organizational Sociology was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991 and adapted to the European Higher Education Area in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high-quality academic training in economic and organizational sociology and produce original research in this field. The course is taught in scientific partnership with the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS/UL) and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon (FCSH/UNL).

Host centers

The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers provides important support for students in Ph.D. programs.

For the Ph.D. Economic and Organizational Sociology the main host research center is SOCIUS – Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology (Centro de Investigação em Sociologia Económica e das Organizações). SOCIUS is a research unit accredited by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) which, since 1999, has been classified as “Excellent” under the Foundation’s Pluri-annual Program for the Funding of Research and Development Units. Its principal area of scientific activity, economic and organizational sociology, is considered in its broadest sense, favoring the numerous points of contact between contemporary sociology and economics, besides other social sciences involved in the study of economic and organizational reality.

Who is the Ph.D. in Economic and Organizational Sociology for?

Anyone interested in obtaining advanced academic training and doing research with a view to working in jobs in the public sector, the private sector, or the non-profit sector, either in the international or national context. Ph.D. graduation will enable students to work in teaching and research posts, managerial and executive positions in organizations, consultancy, training, research projects, journalism, planning, development projects, public policy planning, and assessment, and social projects and policy.

How is the course structured?

The Ph.D. Economic and Organizational Sociology is a three-year program in which students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS (credits), corresponding to three years of full-time work. It comprises:

1st year
  • Advanced Training Seminars (40 ECTS)
  • Research Seminars (20 ECTS)
2nd and 3rd years
  • Dissertation (120 ECTS)

The purpose of the advanced training seminars will be to further knowledge in themes pertaining to the scientific area of economic and organizational sociology, as well as a research methodology. They will be given by teaching the staff of ISEG – SOCIUS and other research units –, besides teaching staff from other Portuguese and foreign universities. Some of these seminars consist of basic training modules, whilst others are thematic conferences indicated annually. Some seminars will take place at ICS/UL and FCSH/UNL.

The research seminar will serve to present and discuss individual doctoral projects. The doctoral students are expected to present the thesis project with which they applied for the Doctorate by the end of the second semester of the first academic year, and submit the results of the ongoing research once a year, in the course of the subsequent academic years.

Who can apply?

Anyone holding a masters degree in the areas of sociology, economics, management and other social sciences considered adequate by the scientific committee, and anyone showing capabilities to accomplish the program.

Students who obtained a GPA of 16 or more (out of 20) or, in special circumstances, students whose GPA is lower than 16 but have demonstrated appropriate scientific preparation or professional experience may also apply.

What criteria are used to select candidates?

The scientific committee for the doctorate program will choose candidates on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Masters degree and its final grade
  • First cycle(undergraduate) degree (GPA) and its final grade
  • Academic and relevant professional experience
  • Research proposal

Applications for the Ph.D. Economic and Organizational Sociology are made online on the ISEG website. Applicants must provide proof that they meet the admission requirements. They should also attach a research proposal for their doctoral dissertation project. Acceptance of an applicant is dependent on the assessment of their academic and professional experience and approval of the research proposal. Accepted applicants will be assigned a supervisor and be integrated into SOCIUS as a host research center.

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

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The first school of Economics and Management in Portugal, ISEG belongs to the University of Lisbon, the largest Portuguese University. ISEG Lisbon is internationally recognized and accredited by AACSB and AMBA, complying with the best higher education standards. ISEG’s research centers are very well rated by the Portuguese research council (FCT). With an experienced and well prepared faculty, students from more than 70 countries contribute to an ever-increasing international academic environment, and take advantage of the school's excellence and location. ISEG Lisbon has excellent modern premises at the heart of Lisbon, right next to the Parliament and the river Tagus, in a vibrant neighborhood full of social life, business and culture. At ISEG, you will find a culture of excellence and achievement, alongside a climate of inclusiveness and cooperation. This is made by the mutual collaboration of students, faculty and staff. ISEG is a School prepared for the future: with a unique blend of quantitative skills and social contextualization of economic and managerial decisions, ISEG’s faculty, professionals, students and alumni are at the forefront of those who address the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset. Read less