The PhD program in Catholic Porto aims to train quality researchers, contributing to the development of research in the Faculty, as well as to the critical and responsible construction of legal science in Portugal.
This program is intended for PhD students to acquire:Competences, skills and research methods in Law;
Ability to systematic understanding in the field of legal science;
Ability to conceive, design, adapt and carry out a significant investigation respecting the requirements imposed by academic quality and integrity standards;
Skills to communicate with the scientific community and society in general on a specific area of law.Benefiting from the creation of the Center for Studies and Research in Law | CEID - Catholic Research Center for the Future of Law, PhD students can be part of a research unit of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University, which aims to innovate in the teaching of Law and encourage a change in the traditional paradigm of legal research in Portugal , promoting transnational, interdisciplinary and team research, as well as strengthening the relationship between academic knowledge and the needs of society.SyllabusThe doctoral program has a duration of:4 years (8 semesters) - in the full-time frequency modality, integrating a doctoral course, with the duration of two semesters (60 ECTS), and a thesis preparation phase, with the duration of six semesters (180 ECTS) ;
6 years (12 semesters) - in part-time frequency modality, integrating a doctoral course, with the duration of two semesters (60 ECTS), and a thesis preparation phase, with the duration of ten semesters (180 ECTS) .The academic phase includes the participation in seminars on subjects transversal to the various branches of law and has a double objective: on the one hand, to help students to face new perspectives and approaches in the investigation of law, and, on the other, to propose lines of investigation. At the same time, students must attend courses of an essentially methodological nature. Each year, the student will attend and be evaluated in various modules offered by the Law School.
After completing the first semester of the doctoral course, the student chooses the topic of the dissertation, proposes to the Scientific Council an advisor and prepares a thesis project, to be presented until the end of the 2nd semester of frequency of his Course. Once the project is approved, you have six more months to prepare the dissertation project, which will be evaluated by a jury composed of the supervisor and two or three members designated by the Plenary Scientific Council of the Faculty of Law of UCP . The approval of this project depends on the candidate's admission to the phase destined to the elaboration of the dissertation itself.InternationalizationMobility Programs
The Law School is strongly committed to providing its students with the comprehensive and qualifying training that results from national or international mobility experiences, whether studies or internships at a partner University are involved. The protocols concluded with almost 60 European Universities and outside Europe guarantee the offer of more than 110 places every year.
Thus, any PhD student who wishes to attend a semester abroad and who meets the regulatory requirements can and is encouraged to do so. The School's commitment is translated, namely, in the facilitation of academic recognition (equivalences) to the subjects carried out in mobility, as well as in the eventual reduction of tuition fees during the mobility period.
All students enrolled in the 3rd cycle of the Law School can apply for the following national and international mobility programs:
International mobility of studies and / or internship within the European space, being able to benefit, for the effect, of an Erasmus scholarship.ApplicationsAdmission to the doctoral course obeys a principle of selectivity, depending on the academic merit and the motivation and availability shown by the candidate, and the admission committee must proceed:A curricular evaluation, instructed with scientific works produced, including, for the masters, the final master's work;
Conducting an interview, in which you should assess, in particular, the candidate's motivation and availability.Fees, Fees and FeesThe amount of fees, tuition fees and other fees, is fixed annually, and published in a specific document (Table of fees and fees), so the amounts to be applied in subsequent academic years may change.
Extract from the 2020/21 Fees, Fees and Fees table *
FeesApplication - 165 €;
Registration (including school insurance and card) - 365 €.Tuition Fees - (12.24 € / ECTS / month)1st Year (1st and 2nd Semesters) - 10 monthly fees - 340 € / month;
2nd, 3rd and 4th Year - Full-time attendance regime - 30 monthly fees - 224 € / month;
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Year - Part-time attendance regime - 50 monthly fees - 170 € / month* (estimated values - does not exempt from consulting the document in full)