PhD in Economic and Social History


Program Description

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The Ph.D. Economic and Social History 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 history and produce original research in this field.

The course aims to prepare professionals with a high capacity of interpretation and response to economic and social changes in the long run and to the interaction between chronological, geographical and social aspects of those changes.

The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers – namely GHES – Social and Economic History Research Centre – provides important support for students in this program. This center and the other research centers in ISEG, which have been also evaluated as very good or excellent, are the host centers for the Ph.D. Economic and Social History students.

Who is the Ph.D. in Economics and Social History for?

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

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How is the course structured?

The Ph.D. Economic and Social History 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:

  • Taught course units, 60 ECTS
  • Preparation, submission, and defense of the thesis, 120 ECTS

Course units are taught in the first year of the program over 2 semesters. They are:

  • Research Methods (1st semester), 10 ECTS
  • Research Seminar I (1st semester), 10 ECTS
  • Elective course unit (1st semester), 10 ECTS
  • Elective course units (2nd semester), 20 ECTS
  • Research Seminar II (2nd semester), 10 ECTS

Who can apply?

Anyone holding a masters degree in the areas of economics, management and finance, as well as history, 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 Social History 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 one of the hosting research centers.

Last updated Jun 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