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Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality

A3ES accreditation The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) in agreement with the recomendation and fundamentation produced by the respective External Review Team, decided to accredit, without conditions, for a period of 6 (six) years ( 19.04.2017 to 19.04.2023).

The Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality consists of:

1) A doctoral course (does not award a degree), consisting of an organised set of curricular units corresponding to 60 ECTS. Provides an advanced diploma course (non-degree awarding) in Human Sexuality;

2) A flexible non-specialized curriculum, but organised around five thematic areas with a total of 120 ECTS, of which 90 ECTS correspond to the preparation and public discussion of a thesis. The five thematic areas are: sexual education, gender, sexual medicine, sexual and reproductive health and clinical sexology.

1st year curricular units (CU) cover a number of structural thematic areas in the training of human sexuality, aimed at developing skills in nuclear issues in the main areas that structure sexology as a multidisciplinary science (e.g., psychology, education, medicine, social sciences) as well as gender studies and sexualities, of an interdisciplinary nature.

On the other hand, the curriculum of the DPHS is strongly oriented to the development of high quality scientific research and production skills. In the 1st year, the curricular units Research Methods I and II and Project Seminar, aim to contribute to the development of skills for designing and implementing a high quality scientific research project. For this reason, by the end of the 2nd semester of the 1st year, students must hold a Graduation Upgrade, where they present and discuss their research project with a jury appointed by the Scientific Commission of the PhD programme, whose approval is necessary to proceed in the study programme.

The curricular structure of DPHS also includes, from the 2nd year on, a set of curricular units (CU) and seminars (Research Seminar I and II, Scientific Writing Seminar, Dissemination of Research Work I and II), making a total of 30 ECTS, which are exclusively intended to support the development of the thesis work (90 ECTS). These CU have the primary purpose of promoting the scientific production of doctoral students, with special emphasis on the publication of articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.


  • The DPHS - Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality aims to promote advanced knowledge and the development of research in a relevant area, central to the well-being and biopsychosocial health.
  • The creation of this doctoral programme aims to fulfil the needs resulting from the scarcity of professional training in this area.
  • Promotes high quality advanced training while establishing international strategic partnerships, with the final goal of establishing an international research centre in the area of sexuality at the University of Porto and in Portugal.



  • Annual tuiton:
    • National students: ¤ 2.750,00
    • International students: ¤ 5.500
    • International students from CPLP: ¤ 3 025,00 (provided they submit a request to the Director asking for 50% reduction of the annual tuition)
  • Entrance fee: ¤ 100


Postgraduate Office 
T. | +351 22 042 89 20 
E. | spg@fpce.up.pt

Academic Office
T. | +351 22 042 89 00
E. | s_academico@fpce.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 5936
Director: Pedro Nobre
Codiretor: Conceição Nogueira
Acronym: PDSH
Academic Degree: Doctor
Type of course/cycle of study: Doctoral Degree
Start: 2018/2019
Duration: 3 Years

Study Plan

Involved Organic Units


  • Doctoral Degree in Human Sexuality (180 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Human Sexuality (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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