PhD in Law
Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto Law School
4 - 6 years
EUR 365 / per course *
Earliest start date
* 1st Year (1st and 2nd Semesters) - 10 monthly payments - 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 installments - 170 €/m
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.
The doctoral program has a duration of:
- 4 years (8 semesters) – in full-time attendance modality, integrating a doctoral course, lasting two semesters (60 ECTS), and a thesis preparation phase, lasting six semesters (180 ECTS) ;
- 6 years (12 semesters) – in the modality of part-time attendance, integrating a doctoral course, lasting two semesters (60 ECTS), and a thesis preparation phase, lasting ten semesters (180 ECTS) .
The teaching phase includes participation in seminars on subjects that cut across the various branches of law and has a dual objective: on the one hand, to help students face new perspectives and approaches in law research, and, on the other hand, to propose lines of investigation. Simultaneously, students must attend courses of an essentially methodological nature. Each year, the student will attend and be evaluated in several modules offered by the School of Law.
After completing the first semester of the doctoral course, the student chooses the topic of the dissertation, proposes a supervisor to the Scientific Council and prepares a thesis project, to be presented by the end of the 2nd semester of attendance of their Course. Once the project is approved, you have another six months to prepare the dissertation project, which will be evaluated by a jury composed of the advisor and two or three members appointed by the Plenary Scientific Council of the UCP Faculty of Law . The approval of this project depends on the admission of the candidate to the phase destined to the elaboration of the dissertation itself.
The School of Law is strongly committed to providing its students with the comprehensive and qualifying training that results from national or international mobility experiences, whether studying or internships at a partner University are in question. The protocols signed with almost 60 European and non-European Universities guarantee the offer of more than 110 vacancies every year.
Thus, any doctoral 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 reflected, namely, in the facilitation of academic recognition (equivalences) to subjects taken 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 School of Law can apply for the following national and international mobility programs:
International mobility for studies and/or internships within the European space, being able to benefit, for this purpose, from an Erasmus scholarship.