The PhD program in Comparative Politics is strongly based on the research activities conducted at ICS. We aspire to scholarly excellence by combining research and teaching.
ICS is among the top institutions in Portugal as regards research in comparative politics and international relations. Its PhD program provides:
- Training in advanced methodological techniques;
- Exposure to the most up-to-date international research;
- Interaction with cutting edge national and international scholars;
- Integration into an international, multi-disciplinary academic network;
- Unique access to ample bibliographic resources and research funds to be used in Portugal and abroad;
- Individualized supervision and support.
Students are expected to produce an original doctoral dissertation and to launch a successful academic career. Throughout the program, they will be exposed to international best practices and scholars, and they will be asked to present their research to their peers periodically. Academic skills will also be fostered through the presentation of written reports of research advances and results.
The PhD in Comparative Politics has a total duration of 8 semesters, corresponding to 240 ECTS.
Course Units in Year 1 offerstudents research, theoretical and methodological training seminars. At the end of this first year, students are required to submit a draft outline of their doctoral dissertation, in which they define their chosen specialty area, either in Comparative Politics or International Relations. The first year is therefore to be seen as a probationary period.
The remaining six semesters cover the drafting of the dissertation (132 ECTS), together with mandatory participation in Research Seminars (30 ECTS) and the Postgraduate Studies Seminar (18 ECTS).
Working languages are Portuguese and English.
1st YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar I||5 ECTS|
|Methodology/Research Design||5 ECTS|
|Workshop in Comparative Politics I||5 ECTS|
|Workshop in International Relations I||5 ECTS|
1st YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar II||5 ECTS|
|Workshop in Comparative Politics II||5 ECTS|
|Workshop in International Relations II||5 ECTS|
2nd YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar III||3 ECTS|
|Dissertation I||22 ECTS|
2nd YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar IV||3 ECTS|
|Dissertation II||22 ECTS|
3rd YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar V||3 ECTS|
|Dissertation III||22 ECTS|
3rd YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar VI||3 ECTS|
|Dissertation IV||22 ECTS|
4th YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar VII||3 ECTS|
|Dissertation V||22 ECTS|
4th YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
Applications deadlines for the academic year 2021/2022:
Phase 1) 2nd May 2022 to 29th June 2022
Given the current context of the pandemic, the Scientific Committee of the PhD Program in Comparative Politics may, exceptionally, evaluate extemporaneous applications.
More informations here.
(a) Scanned copy (PDF) of the university certificates of the bachelor and masters courses and other relevant academic qualifications, including academic transcripts with the marks obtained and the rating scales used;
b) Copy of the masters dissertation (digital format) and, if applicable, copies of the bachelor dissertation and relevant published works;
c) Detailed CV;
d) Provisional Research Project, including:
- Field of knowledge/expertise;
- Summary (150 words);
- State of the Art (500 words);
- Objectives (300 words);
- Analytical description (1000 words);
- Bibliography (20 titles);
e) Two letters of recommendation signed and dated no later than 12 months;
f) Statement of purpose, indicating succinctly the reasons for applying to the proposed programme;
g) Proof of application fee payment (non refundable).