Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality


The DPHS – Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality aims to promote the development of skills and knowledge in theory, research and intervention in the field of human sexuality. It intends to develop high quality original research and with potential international impact. It has five thematic areas: sexual education, gender, sexual medicine, sexual and reproductive health and clinical sexology.

At the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, a group of faculty and researchers develop their research in a variety of topics as diverse as: sexual problems, identities and sexual diversity, sexual education, conjugality, LGBT parenting, prostitution, psychophysiology of the sexual response, sexual violence and sexual compulsivity, etc

At the Faculty of Medicine / Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP) the involved faculty and researchers work in the topics related to sexual and reproductive health.

The Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS) stands out in the area of sexual medicine, with special emphasis in topics such as the multidisciplinary evaluation of sexual problems, where the diagnosis of the pathology of organic forum and its adequate therapeutic orientation sticks out. In this area, ICBAS has the adequate means and counts with a team of urologists specialised in the areas of Andrology and male sexual dysfunction in general, as well as a gynaecological support addressed to women with sexual problems.

The Doctoral Programme can also count on a laboratorial resource: the (SexLab).

Lastly, this Doctoral Programme aims to establish institutional partnerships at the level of teaching and research (as well as mobility of faculty and students) with some of the most reputable international universities in the subject of human sexuality, benefiting from a network of existing collaborations with some of the most recognized international researchers in the domain of sexuality (this network includes universities and other scientific and professional organisations in Europe and in the American Continent, such as the Kinsey Institute or the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) (WAS).


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