Migration Studies

Migration Studies

Migration is a phenomenon of increasing relevance in the current world scenario with demographic, economic, social and political implications. The study of this phenomenon thus opens up a wide range of possibilities for action in the most varied domains of the social sciences. Migration is a field of research characterized by multidisciplinary approaches, being a clear advantage for researchers working in this area to diversify training, in a framework that proposes, at the same time, specialization and multidisciplinary sharing.

The doctoral programme in Migration Studies grants a doctoral degree in the following fields of knowledge: Anthropology, Political Science, Education, Geography, History, Psychology and Sociology. It is, therefore, a scientific and pedagogical project organized jointly by four organic units:

  • Instituto de Ciências Sociais
  • Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território
  • Instituto de Educação
  • Faculdade de Psicologia 

The organic units offer students ideal and unique conditions in Portugal, where they can have advanced postgraduate training in the field of migration.



This doctoral programme aims to provide postgraduate training, at an advanced level, in theoretical and methodological issues associated with the theme of migration and the social processes of human mobility, crossing different and multiple perspectives from different domains that make up the universe of social sciences.


Branches of knowledge and specialties

The Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies confers the degree in the following branches of knowledge and specialties:

  • Branch of Geography: specialty in Human Geography
  • Branch of Sociology, with the following specialties: Sociology of Inequalities, Minorities and Social Movements; Sociology of Family, Youth and Gender Relations; Sociology of Social Policies
  • Branch of Education: specialty in Sociology of Education
  • Branch of Psychology: specialty in Social Psychology
  • Branch of Political Science: specialty in Comparative Politics
  • Branch of Anthropology: specialty in Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics



For students who are interested in applying for a grant within the scope of the FCT Individual Grants competition as possible students of the FCT Doctoral Program in Migration (DEMIG) may do so, and for this purpose, contact the potential advisor to project discussion and due association with the candidacy. If you want to apply with the ICS as the host institution, you should contact the Doctoral Coordinator at ICS (Professor Marta Rosales). This application for FCT individual grants is independent of the competition for grants offered under the FCT Doctoral Programme. The dates for this contest will be announced later.

Management of the PhD programme alternates between the four organic units involved, and the organic host unit is defined on an yearly basis by the Scientific Committee in articulation with the unit Heads.

A PhD degree is awarded to those who obtain 180 credits, through approval in the PhD programme (60 credits), corresponding to the curricular component, and the preparation, discussion and approval of a thesis - or equivalent work (120 credits).







Curricular Units ECTS
Follow-up Seminar I 5 ECTS
Thesis Elaboration 25 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Follow-up Seminar II 5 ECTS
Thesis Elaboration 25 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Follow-up Seminar III 5 ECTS
Thesis Elaboration 25 ECTS



Curricular Units ECTS
Follow-up Seminar IV 5 ECTS
Thesis Elaboration 25 ECTS


For more informaiton, please click on this link.


A3ES Accreditation

Accreditation of New Study Programme (2011)
Accreditation of Study Programme in Operation (2019)


Information available on the Applications page.