The PhD program in Catholic Porto aims to train quality researchers, contributing to the development of research in the Faculty, as well as to the critical and responsible construction of legal science in Portugal.

This program is intended for PhD students to acquire:

  • Competences, aptitudes and methods of investigation in Law;
  • Systematic understanding in the field of legal science;
  • Ability to design, design, adapt and carry out a meaningful investigation respecting the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
  • Competences to communicate with the scientific community and society in general about a specific area of Law.

Benefiting from the creation of the Center for Studies and Research in Law | CEID - Catholic Research Center for the Future of Law, PhD students can be part of a research unit of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University, which aims to innovate in the teaching of Law and encourage a change in the traditional paradigm of legal research in Portugal , promoting transnational, interdisciplinary and team research, as well as strengthening the relationship between academic knowledge and the needs of society.

Proofs / Entry Requirements

Degree of Master of Law or holders of a degree prior to the so-called Bologna Reform, in the case of presenting exceptional quality curricula.

Admission to the PhD course is the responsibility of a committee of three PhDs. Admission will be preceded by a curricular evaluation and interview with the candidate.


1. In the full-time frequency mode:

  • PhD course: two semesters and 60 ECTS
  • Phase of preparation of the thesis: six semesters and 180 ECTS

2. In the part-time frequency mode:

  • PhD course: two semesters and 60 ECTS
  • Phase of preparation of the thesis: ten semesters and 180 ECTS

The teaching phase includes participation in seminars on subjects that are transversal to the various branches of law and has a double objective: on the one hand, to help students to take new perspectives and approaches in the investigation of Law, and, on the other hand, to propose lines of research. At the same time, students should attend essentially methodological courses.

The enrollment in the part-time attendance form must be applied to the Director of the respective School, by the doctoral student, at all times, based in particular on the exercise of a professional activity.

Program taught in:
  • Portuguese (Portugal)

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Last updated January 3, 2019
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