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 program in Migration 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 program 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 Program in Migration confers the degree in the following branches of knowledge and specialties:

  • Branch of Geography: Human Geography specialty
  • 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 Sociology of Education
  • Branch of Psychology, specialty Social Psychology
  • Branch of Political Science, specialty in Comparative Politics
  • Branch of Anthropology, specialty of 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.


The following are admitted as applicants:

  • Holders of a master's degree of legal equivalent in the fields of Social Sciences or related field;
  • Holders of a bachelor's degree, or legal equivalent, holders of an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognised by the Scientific Committee of this programme as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies in the fields of Social Sciences or related fields;
  • Exceptionally, holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognised by the Scientific Committee of this programme as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies in the fields of Social Sciences or related fields.


Applications 2023/2024

Dates to be announced

Applications through the IGOT FenixEdu platform: https://fenix.igot.ulisboa.pt.
To create a registration, please access https://fenix.igot.ulisboa.pt/accountCreation.
In case you already have a registration, you can recover the access at https://fenix.igot.ulisboa.pt/passwordResetRequest.
In case you already have a student number at IGOT, you should use your Campus account credentials. You may recover your access to this account at https://utilizador.ulisboa.pt.

Applications must be submitted with the following documents:

  • Certificate of Qualifications (Master's, Bachelor's, or legal equivalent);
  • Up-to-date Curriculum vitae, including published works;
  • Indication of the branch of knowledge and specialty in which you intend on taking this doctorate;
  • Presentation of one of the following documents:
    • A research project, indicating the object of study, the methodology and the research objectives, duly problematized based on a reference bibliography in the field of study to which you are applying (mandatory for applicants who intend to present an application for an FCT doctorate grant);
    • Letter of intent, explaining the reasons for choosing the study programme and presenting the field to be investigated and the substantiated objectives of the work proposed to be developed during the doctorate. 


The applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Final grade obtained in the academic degree held by the candidate;
  • Academic, scientific and technical curriculum;
  • Adjustment of the candidate's academic training to the requirements of the PhD programme;
  • Research project or letter of intent and motivation;
  • Interview (if required by the Scientific Committee).


In 2014, the Doctoral Programme in Migrations (DeMig) earned funding approval from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP (FCT, IP), under the auspices of its FCT PhD Programmes.
Therefore, in accordance with the Scientific Research Scholarship Statutes and the FCT Scholarships Regulations, the Scientific Committee of the Migrations PhD Programme will grant individual scholarships for this programme.