OpenSoc (3nd Call)

OpenSoc (3nd Call)


We aim at providing our students the best experience in learning and scientific creation:
Advanced theoretical, methodological, and practical training in the “sociologist’s craft” and its social applications. Besides the seminars making up the study plan, we encourage students’ involvement in research teams’ activities. Students can also take advantage of Summer schools and specialized courses provided by the different universities in order to deepen and diversify their learning, as well as to gain transversal skills for knowledge communication and valorisation.
Quality of academic life, by providing an environment of constant reflexive stimulus, peer discussion and criticism, as well as good material and intellectual work facilities for doctoral studies, both in place and on-line.
Encouragement and opportunities for internationalization, by supporting individual or collaborative international publication, participation in international scientific events and networks, and mobility within and without the circle of OpenSoc partner institutions, including the possibility of obtaining the tile of Doctor Europaeus.
Acknowledgment of a doctoral training for excellence, by the joint granting of the doctoral degree in Sociology by the four universities associated in OpenSoc, whichever one the student chooses to conclude his or her thesis.

Prospective Students

The OpenSoc programme will interest both students who have recently completed their master degrees and wish to follow up and deepen their studies, and people already in the labour force who wish to come back to the University, seeking to update their knowledge and expand their professional skills.
All OpenSoc classes are held after working hours, from 8 p.m. two or three days each week.
Classes will be held in Portuguese. Non Portuguese-speaking students are advised to take a Portuguese language course before attending. Most readings will be in English, and student assignment papers may be written in English as well.

Admission Requirements

You may apply:

  • If you hold a Master’s degree in Sociology, or in another field of the Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Should you not fulfil the previous condition, if you hold an academic, scientific and professional curriculum with enough quality to attest to your ability and skills to carry out a doctorate in Sociology.

Application process (online)
Use the link.

Candidates must formalize their application with the following documents:

  • Official certificates of your higher education degrees, with final grades, in either English, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese. If in any other language, an officially certified translation is required, into English or Portuguese;
  • Your academic, scientific and professional CV in any of the above languages;
  • Either a research project written according to the form used by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in the applications for doctoral studentships (see the FCT’s Application Guide, point 3.9: “Work Plan”), or a paper up to 1,500 words long, plus an abstract up to 150 words, stating your proposal for a sociologically relevant research theme or problem, in any of the above languages;
  • A short motivation letter, in any of the above languages;
  • Copies of all the above documents should be submitted in the on-line application form, as .pdf files. If accepted, you will later be required to provide the original degree certificates and translations.

Should you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us.

Applications (1st Call)
31/01/2022 - 11/03/2022

Applications (2nd Call)
04/04/2022 - 01/07/2022

Applications (3rd Call)
25/07/2022 - 02/09/2022

Application fee: 100 €
Enrolment fee: 30 €

1375 €/year