Psychology Doctoral Programme


Candidates should fulfil at least one of the following requirements:
a) a master’s degree in Psychology or in an related area;
b) a bachelor in Psychology or in a related area, as well as an academic or scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee as assuring the ability to attend this cycle of studies;
c) an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee as assuring the ability to attend this cycle of studies.

Total vacancies for 2018/2019 = 40 (of these, 4 are primarily destined to applicants with scholarships)
1st phase: 20
2nd phase: 20 + unfilled vacancies from the previous phase
3rd phase: not applicable

Minimum number of students to start the course: 5

Pre-application for National and International Students
1st phase: 01/02/2019 to 01/03/2019
2nd phase: 08/04/2019 to 10/05/2019

This preliminary stage of the application process aims to obtain a supervisor and to define the preliminary PhD project and it is only destined to those candidates who have not yet been accepted by a FPCEUP Professor in the framework of the supervision.


How to apply (online):

Documents to be submitted in the application:
- Application – Application form (see template)
- Academic certificate with final grades/average
- Curriculum Vitae (see template)
- Supervisor’s/co-supervisor’s declaration of acceptance
- Preliminary research project (see template)
   - Title (and subtitle, if necessary)
   - Abstract (up to 200 words)
   - State of the art (until 500 words)
   - Research objectives (up to 300 words)
   - Detailed description (up to 1000 words)
   - References (up to 20)
- Document where the candidate explains the transferability of knowledge of the proposed project to the scientific community and to the society in general (up to 300 words)

Access conditions to the course:
In accordance with Article 6º of the Regulations for the 3rd cycle of studies in Psychology

Selection and ranking criteria:
- Ranking obtained through the analysis of the CV as well as of the preliminary project and eventually with an interview.
- Weighing:
1 - research activities: 20%;
2 - dissemination of research activities: 20%;
3 - quality of the pre-doctoral project: 40%;
4 - quality of the transferability document: 20%

- Candidates with less than 60% in the overall score will be excluded.

Application fee for National and International students: 55,00€

1st phase:

Pre-application: 01/02/2019 to 01/03/2019
Application: 02/03/2019 to 13/05/2019
Publication of results: 27/05/2019
Prior hearing: 28/05/2019 to 11/06/2019
Publication final results: 12/06/2019
Submission of objections: 13/06/2019 to 04/07/2019
Publication of the complaint decision: 10/07/2019
Student registration: 14/06/2019 to 26/06/2019
Requests for credit for previous training/professional experience: 02/03/2019 to 13/05/2019 or 14/06/2019 to 26/06/2019

2nd phase:

Pre-application: 08/04/2019 to 10/05/2019
Application: 14/05/2019 to 18/07/2019
Publication of results: 31/07/2019
Prior hearing: 03/08/2019 to 19/08/2019
Publication final results: 03/09/2019
Submission of objections: 04/09/2019 to 24/09/2019
Publication of the complaint decision: 02/10/2019
Student registration: 06/09/2019 to 17/09/2019
Requests for credit for previous training/professional experience: 14/05/2019 to 18/07/2019 or 06/09/2019 to 17/09/2019

3rd phase: not applicable


Information to applicants on the results:
1) During the period of dissemination of the provisional list, the results are published on the FPCEUP website in "applications".
2) In the period of posting the final results, the candidates are notified by email through the computer system - automatic notification, after the ranking is submitted in SIGARRA.

Beginning of the school year: September 2019

For more information please, click here.


Post-Graduation Office

Isabel Gomes

Course Direction

Félix Neto (Director)

Orlanda Cruz (Subdirector)