The Doctoral Programme in Labour Relations, Social Inequalities and Trade Unionism is a programme of  in-depth academic training in Sociology, designed for undergraduate or masters  who have completed the 2nd cycle course in this same area , or for applicants from other fields, with training in Sociology or in other related areas, or with a different background, but whose academic or professional curriculum is considered relevant for this study cycle.

 The programme operates in strict compliance with the research activities developed at the Centre for Social Studies, as a host institution.

The PhD Programme in Labour Relations, Social Inequalities and Trade Unionism began in 2008/2009 and was accredited by Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES) in 21020 for a 6-year term. The Programme opens biannually, with a new edition opening every two years.


Its main objective is to provide advanced training in the social areas directly linked to the social and employment policies, as well as to the field of social dialogue and labour-conflict resolution, and also those relating to sexual equalityy, trade Unionism and social movements. It is designed to contribute to: a) broadening the scientific knowledge within the social sciences, in areas deemed to be significant for an understanding of the ongoing social changes in the current Portuguese and global contexts; b) developing professional or association-linked qualifications and competencies by deepening the analysis and critical diagnosis centred around these themes.

"The teaching and research quality was determinant in the choice of the PhD programme. As a student-worker, the working and research conditions offered are fundamental, as well as the teaching staff and students’ support, which allows to balance an active professional life with a fruitful academic one."

Rui Moreira Claro, all but dissertation (Portugal)

"CES' reputation as an institution of excellence was a decisive factor in my choice of PhD Programme. As a student, the opportunity to broaden my knowledge through dialogue with other research areas has enriched both my academic and personal experiences."

Bia Carneiro, all but dissertation (Portugal)