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Third cycle of studies in Geography

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The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), accredited this study cycle unconditionally (see the documents here).
Please consult the study cycle official documents.

The PhD course in Geography (3rd cycle from Bologna) allows a scientific education and the obtention of a PhD degree in Human Geography and Physical Geography. The course is built so as to respond to the depth or reinforcement of knowledge complementarity, as well as to the acquisition of new competences, by holders of a Master’s degree or graduate degree in the several areas of Economic and Social Sciences or Earth Sciences.

The academic part is made of seminars, field trips and scientific meetings. The non-academic part will include the elaboration of a dissertation as its main element. The student will have internal support, especially by the supervisor, and external, by invited experts, who will comment on the chosen theme and who may even join scientific research projects.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal

  Applications calendar and number of vacancies
  Minimum number of students: 5

Degree approved under Art. 54 of the Teaching Career Statute, regulated by Ordinance number 334/2008, of 30/04, for the groups: 420 (Order of January 8th, 2019). This degree enables those who are already in the teaching profession to advance in their career, but it is not a teaching qualification degree.


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: dgeo@letras.up.pt
For administrative issues
- contact the Academic Management Office: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Office : sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 9650
Director: Teresa Sá Marques
Acronym: DGEO
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of studies: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan


  • Geography - Specialization in Physical Geography (180 ECTS credits)
  • Geography - Specialization in Human Geography (180 ECTS credits)
  • Doctoral Course in Geography (60 ECTS credits)

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