Social Psychology

Social Psychology

Social Psychology is one of the fields of the social sciences that have contributed most to the knowledge of collective and individual human behaviour, lending its influence to other fields of Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and the Sciences of Life and Health. One of the hallmarks of Social Psychology is its methodological innovation and rigour.

Doing a PhD in Social Psychology means entering a community of excellence, oriented toward the research of the boundaries between society and the individual.

A PhD in Social Psychology allows one not only to embrace a career within fundamental academic research, but also to perform research applied to decision-making in the fields of public policy and the corporate world.

LiSP - the Lisbon Inter-university PhD Programme in Social Psychology

This Programme (LiSP) is the best option for those who wish to further their studies in this area. LiSP is an FCT funded PhD programme formed by the following institutions:
- Institute of Social Sciences (ULisboa)
- Faculty of Psychology (ULisboa)
- Department of Social Psychology (IUL-ISCTE)
- Centre for Research and Social Intervention (CIS / IUL-ISCTE)
- ISPA - University Institute

Funding by the FCT ensures the granting of four scholarships to the top candidates to this programme.

The purpose of this programme, coordinated by the Centre for Research and Social Intervention (CIS / IUL), is to train researchers of high theoretical and methodological competence in various complementary aspects in the area of Social Psychology, compounding the teaching and research expertise of the institutions of excellence that take part in it, while simultaneously benefitting from the synergies and logistic resources such a collaboration entails. The programme grants the degree of PhD in Psychology in the specialty of Social Psychology.

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By bringing together three PhD programmes (involving these five institutions) with A3ES accreditation, LiSP's curricular structure will be based on those already in place in those programmes, and shall include three kinds of courses:

a) Topics of Advanced Research in Social Psychology - aims to offer advanced training, involving students in scientific debates with Portuguese and international researchers, either via oral presentations directed at a broader scientific audience, or through more exclusive and intensive research seminars.

b) Academic Skills and Advanced Methods in Social Psychology - aims to offer advanced training in the academic skills essential for conducting research in the social sciences in general, and in Social Psychology in particular. It is composed of seminars, lead by different members of the teaching staff and by guest experts, covering all aspects of autonomous scientific work. These courses also involve the opportunity to experience research supervision and personal tutoring (to masters degree students, for instance), as well as scientific management (organizing conferences).

c) Psychology Project Seminar - its purpose is the continual progress of the student's individual research project, as well as an intensive scientific exchange with other researchers working on the same or related themes.

The Seminars and programme activities will be open to students from all curricular years, but:

  • Courses a) and b) will be concentrated in the first year, in order to help students define their research program. By the end of the first year, students must submit their definitive research project.
  • The topic stated in c) refers to the monitoring of the student during the development of her research work.

This is a compatible curricular structure that fosters the synergies between the existing and accredited curricular plans from the 5 host institutions involved. This means that the three PhD programmes that LiSP congregates offer courses that allow students to obtain the necessary credits for the completion of each year. The student may choose to obtain all the credits in courses offered only by her institution or, alternatively, acquire all or part of the credits in courses offered by the other remaining institutions.

A table describing the course offer of each institution, within the three types described above, shall be made available each year.


O LiSP funciona como uma federação dos três programas doutorais existentes em Psicologia Social.
Para concorrer ao LiSP, terá que concorrer a um destes três programas.

Independentemente do programa que escolher, estes são os três passos que devem seguir preliminarmente:
1)  Escolha um/a orientador/a (consulte aqui a lista de potenciais orientadores)
2) Contacte, por e-mail, o potencial orientador por forma a iniciar o desenvolvimento de projecto
3) Informe-se sobre as datas de concurso para cada programa e vá à universidade do seu/sua orientador/a para concorrer ao programa

Para mais informações sobre o processo de candidatura em cada programa consulte o website específico de cada programa.
Para informações sobre o Programa do ISCTE, clique aqui
Para o Programa da Universidade de Lisboa (FP/ICS), clique aqui
Para o Programa do ISPA, clique aqui

Datas e prazos de candidatura para 2018/2019: datas a definir


Mais informações sobre o LiSP (em inglês) consulte