Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies

Portuguese, with possibility of using English

The PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies is a joint initiative between the University of Lisbon, the Technical University of Lisbon and New University of Lisbon. It had its first intake in the academic year 2009-2010. It is part of an interdisciplinary network focusing on the environmental and social sciences, and works in partnership with the University of East Anglia, UK, a leading international institution in these fields. It draws on the expertise of teachers and scientific researchers from the three state universities in Lisbon, all with acknowledged records of academic publication in the areas of climate change and sustainable development.

The PhD is a three-year programme and includes an advanced interdisciplinary training course combining the physical, natural, social and human sciences in the first and second semesters. The target audience is diverse. It includes environmental, planning and energy professionals, amongst others, as well as students interested in pursuing an academic career.

The PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies is a three-year programme in which students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS (credits). It comprises:

  • Courses (60 ECTS credits);
  • Preparation, submission and defence of thesis (120 ECTS).

Courses are taught in the first year of the Programme over 2 semesters. They are:


Curricular Units ECTS
Seminar of Science of Sustainability and Climate Change 4 ECTS
Science of Climate Change 5 ECTS
Environmental Sociology and Communication 5 ECTS
Earth and Oceanic Systems 5 ECTS
Economy, Regulation and Market 5 ECTS
Elective Unit [Area of Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences or Technology] 6 ECTS




Curricular Units ECTS
Seminar about Energy and Climate Change 4 ECTS
Theories and Practices of Sustainable Development 5 ECTS
Climate Change and Spatial Planning 5 ECTS
Ethics, Public Policies and Environmental Diplomacy 5 ECTS
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation 5 ECTS
Elective Unit [Area of Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences or Technology] 6 ECTS



2nd YEAR

Curricular Unit ECTS
Thesis 60 ECTS


3rd YEAR

Curricular Unit ECTS
Thesis 60 ECTS



Access conditions:
a) Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a bachelor's degree in any scientific area, holders of a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies;

Applications to the Doctoral Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies are made through a central online application system.


    Applications: 09/05/2022 - 24/06/2022

    Applications exclusively online through FenixEdu:

    If you already have an ICS account, you must use your Campus/Edu credentials to apply. You can regain access to your ULisboa account at:

    If you have never been an ICS student, you must register at:

    If you do not remember your ICS Fénix access data, you must regain access at:

    The application costs €50.


    Candidates should submit their application with the following documents:

    • Certificate of Qualifications (masters or equivalent academic degree);
    • Academic, scientific and profissional curriculum;
    • Supporting documents referenced in the Curriculum;
    • Letter of Motivation;
    • Research Project;
    • One letter of recommendation.


    Selection and ranking criteria
    The criteria for the 1st phase of selection and ranking of candidates, based on the candidate application (see mandatory documents in section 5.2) is based on: i) the excellence of the academic and professional record of the candidate (EAPR) and ii) the letter of motivation and the reference letter(s) (LMRL). While the first criteria (EAPR) weighs 80% the second weighs 20%. Both criteria are assessed on a scale of 0-5 and each application needs to be assessed by at least 2 members from the Scientific Committee (SC). It is recommended that these 2 members are the PCCSDP Director and a member from the field of expertise of the applicant. The first criteria “excellence of the candidate” (EAPR) is intended to be as objective as possible. It will be calculated based on the following factors: i) the grade of the Master or 5 year degree (“Licenciatura” before Bologna or equivalent), ii) the research curriculum, iii) professional career and iv) other relevant competences and skills. The weighting, within EAPR criteria, will be 30% (i), 50% (ii), 10% (iii) and 10% (iv), respectively, and all scores will be from 0-5. While the grade score can be calculated through a direct proportion of the candidate grade related to maximum grade, the research curricula score will be calculated according the number of papers as first author (0.5 points/each) and co-author (0.25/each) and research events the candidate organized (0.3/each) or presented research results (oral presentation = 0.15/each and poster = 0.1/each) till the candidate reaches a maximum score of 5. The candidate's professional career (including coordination, innovation and participation in relevant projects) and other competences and skills factors are scored by each evaluator and an average is calculated for each factor. The final EAPR criteria score for each candidate is calculated multiplying the score per factor by its weight. The second criteria (LMRL) is more subjective and values the confidence expressed by the applicant, the ability to express his/her motivation using positive and constructive “statements” while identifying real societal challenges that he/she is most familiar with or motivated to tackle during his/her PhD thesis. This criterion is also scored from 0-5. Both evaluators provide their scoring and an average is then calculated in order to achieve a LMRL score. After this, a final score is calculated per candidate (EAPR + LMRL) and all candidates are ranked. The top 30 candidates are selected for the 2nd phase which consists of a brief interview (20 to 30 minutes) by at least 2 members form the SC (normally the Director and an expert from the research field of the candidate) to better assess the candidate’s knowledge, skills and conditions to engage in a 3 year commitment. A score from 0 to 20 is given by each evaluator, and an average is calculated. After evaluating all applications the SC meets and decides on the final ranking and selection of candidates that will enroll in the program.

    Class schedule: 
    Mandatory disciplines: Friday, at 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.- 
    Optional: from Monday to Friday in any of the associated universities.

    Tuition: €2750/year and can be paid in installments.

    For more information:

    Coordenador Externo 
    Filipe Duarte Santos