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Third cycle of studies in Sociology

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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 proposal for the creation of a PhD in Sociology is the result of a need of deepening, in new moulds, of the post-graduate teaching space and sociological research in the Sociology Department of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

With the creation of this course, we seek to provide a deeper and more reflexive space of sociological learning and a broader horizon of debate, as well as theoretical, methodological and technical inquiry about the matters to be analysed; we simultaneously perspective the exam on emerging themes and the construction of new theoretical and methodological challenges.

To follow these goals, this course resorts to FLUP’s Sociology Department professors. We seek, however, to articulate their actions with the colaboration of other teachers, whether they are from the University of Porto, from other Portuguese universities or from foreign universities. For that purpose, we will organize a cycle of conferences that will contribute to a dynamization of the teaching component in the course’s second year.

Besides this work perspective, we hope the students of this PhD may articulate their analysis proposals with the research done by the Sociology Institute of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal

  Applications calendar and number of vacancies
  Minimum number of students: 5
  Admission requirements:
  • Holders of Master’s degree and/or a graduate degree in Sociology, in terms of the legislation and of the course’s regulation, who seek a highly specialized and qualified scientific education;
  • Holders of a Master’s degree and/or a graduate degree from other scientific areas who.
  Selection Criteria:
  • The applicants to the PhD course will be selected bearing in mind the scientific and academic curriculum;
  • The selected applicants will be interviewed;
  • The applicants may attach to their application a possible research work proposition to develop throughout the course;
  • There is no appeal for the course’s Board decisions as for applicants selection, unless it is invalid for formal reasons.


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: dsoc@letras.up.pt
For administrative questions
- 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: 9344
Director: Virgílio Borges Pereira
Acronym: DSOC
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of studies: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan


  • Sociology (180 ECTS credits)
  • Doctoral Course in Sociology (60 ECTS credits)

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