This PhD programme is biennial.
The upcoming programme edition is due to open in 2021/2022 with calls opening in the 1st quarter of 2021.


2019/2020 edition

Who can apply | Submission of applications | Evaluation criteria | Annual fee

Who can apply

Applicants for admission to the Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution must be:

a) Holders of a Master’s degree, or legal equivalent, in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Law or other Human and Social Sciences;

b) Applicants with a degree in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Law or other Human and Social Sciences, with a relevant academic curriculum that is recognised as appropriate for this level of studies by the Scientific Board of CES and the Scientific Board of FEUC, including: publications; internships in relevant institutions; advanced training courses in this field of studies; research and/or lecturing experience; working experience in this field of studies (international organisations – governmental and non-governmental, national and international; multinational corporations; public diplomacy; international relations offices of public and private institutions; civil and military institutions; and similar). Graduates from other areas with an academic curriculum that reveals an adequate background knowledge, such as working experience in this field of studies, internship(s) at international organizations, governmental or nongovernmental for at least a period of twelve months; research experience of at least one year and experience of project management/direction at an acknowledged research centre; 

c) Applicants with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognised by the Scientific Board of CES and the Scientific Board of FEUC as appropriate for this level of studies, including relevant scientific publications (at least one book, three peer-reviewed articles); research experience (project’s research director); academic experience (2 years of lecturing); and/or professional experience as mentioned in b).

The recognition referred to in subparagraphs b) and c) of paragraph 1 only allows access to the cycle of studies leading to a PhD Degree and does not grant its holder the recognition or equivalence to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

NOTE: In terms of Assessment for this course, admission to the preparation of thesis depends on obtaining 65 ECTS in the curricular units, as well as the approval of a Research Seminar (Research Seminar - 03638636) by a jury appointed for that purpose. The classification of the curricular units will be on a scale of 0 to 20 values. It is considered that the student can be admitted to enroll in the Thesis unit, if a classification equal or higher than 14 values is obtained in the academic part.

Available places: 15

Submission of applications

Applications must be exclusively submitted through the online Platform InforEstudante 
Instructions are available here

Required documentation

- Motivation letter, explaining the reasons that lead the applicant to apply, if relevant according to the criteria established by the organic unit of the desired course (MANDATORY)
- Workload and programmes of curricular units if credits are to be requested (MANDATORY, unless the course of origin is taught at the University of Coimbra under the Bologna Process - after 2007/2008)
- 2 Letters of Recommendation (MANDATORY)
- Certificate of Bachelor's degree with final course classification (diploma). If credits are to be requested, a certificate indicating all curricular units completed and classification obtained on each of the curricular units is required (MANDATORY, except if the primary course is a course taught at the University of Coimbra)
- Certificate of Master's degree with final classification (diploma). If credits are to be requested, a certificate indicating all curricular units completed and classification obtained on each of the curricular units is required (MANDATORY, except if the primary course is a course taught at the University of Coimbra)
- Curriculum Vitae (Europass format) (MANDATORY)
- Diploma of proficiency in the English language (if available)
- Copy of Identification Document (MANDATORY only for foreign applicants)
- Research project draft proposal (1,500 words). Refer to the program's webpage for further details on the project's draft proposal contents (MANDATORY)

NOTE: Admitted candidates who register and enroll in the course are required to present the original documents until the 31st of December in order to complete their individual student file.
The documents mentioned above must be certified by the local Portuguese consulate and / or legalized by the Apostille system under the Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (better known as the Hague Convention), signed at The Hague, October 5, 1961, with the exception of documents issued by European Union Member-States. However, in case of doubt about the documentation presented, the aforementioned certification or submission of additional documentation may be requested to any applicant.
If the above-mentioned documents are in a foreign language other than Spanish, French or English, a translation must be presented. Translations must be duly certified by the competent authorities.

Evaluation Criteria

- Academic and Scientific Curriculum: Bachelor's Degree (Weighting 4/20)
- Academic and Scientific Curriculum: Other academic training (Weighting 4/20)
- Academic and Scientific Curriculum: Publications / Research (Weighting 4/20)
- Professional Curriculum: Professional Merit Assessment (includes an interview in English) (Weighting 3/20)
- Draft Proposal of research project (Weighting 5/20).

NOTE: Assessed applications that have a grade lower than 9.5 in one of the evaluation criteria will automatically become non-approved.

Annual Fee: 2,000 Euros

Part-time registration: Admits (Thesis only)

Information for candidates

- Application is subject to the payment of a fee in the amount of 50 euros, non-refundable, including in cases of invalidation of application, non-placement or when the study cycle does not open due to the lack of the minimum number of enrollees.
- Applications are submitted online 
- More information 
- Contacts: e-mail; phone +351 239 247 195; in person at the support centres of the Academic Management Service, in the hours available here.