Development Studies

Development Studies

Program Structure

The program addresses key development challenges from a richer disciplinary perspective including: theories of development and modernity, development policy and policies, sustainability transitions and a focus on urban-rural development. The program places the idea of 21st century development against the backdrop of the Anthropocene (the time when human beings reach the capacity to affect their planet), and consequently a series of crises and challenges that require a fundamental questioning of the paradigm of infinite growth and the exploration of innovative paths to development.

Prospective Students and Professional Opportunities

All interested in acquiring knowledge and doing research with a view to working in international and national development, whether in the public sector, the private sector or the non-profit sectors.

Professional opportunities include teaching and research in the area, management and executive positions in international and national organizations, consultancy, training, research projects, journalism, planning and development of public policies and their evaluation, and social policy projects.

This PhD is taught in English, but offers tutorials in Portuguese and English.

The thesis can be written in Portuguese or English.

Admission Requirements

Masters in Economics, Management, Law, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, International Relations, History, Anthropology, or any other area considered relevant.

Students with an average of 16 or more (out of 20) or, exceptionally, with an average of less than 16, but relevant academic or professional experience.

The selection made by the Scientific Committee of the PhD will be based on the following criteria:

  • Master's and respective final classification;
  • Bachelor’s degree and respective final classification;
  • Relevant academic and professional experience;
  • Research project.

Application process (online)
Use the link.

Candidates must formalize their application with the following documents:

  • Certificate of Qualifications (Master's or equivalent academic degree);
  • Academic, scientific and/or professional curriculum;
  • Supporting documents referenced in the Curriculum;
  • Letter of interest;
  • Research project;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Proof of English skills at level B1 or higher (if you are not a native of an English-speaking country);
  • Other relevant documents.

Candidates will be evaluated and graded by the Scientific Committee of the course according to their academic, scientific and technical curriculum, the adequacy of their academic training to the requirements of the doctoral program, their letter of intent and motivation and any interview.

Applications (1st Call)
13/12/2021 - 18/02/2022

Applications (2nd Call)
21/03/2022 - 20/05/2022

Application fee: 50 €
Enrolment fee: 25 €

1st year: 3000 €
2nd and 3rd year: 2000 €