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).

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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


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In 2014 the Migrations PhD Programme (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.


Students who may be interested in applying for an Individual FCT Scholarship as future students of FCT's PhD programme in Migrations (DEMIG) should contact their potential supervisor to discuss the project and respective application. Students who want to apply having ICS as host institution should contact Dr. Rui Costa Lopes or Dr. Jorge Vala. The application for Individual FCT scholarships is independent from those offered under the FCT's PhD Programmes. The dates for this call for applications shall be announced at a later time.


Candidates to the Migrations PhD Programme must:
- Hold a Masters degree, or legal equivalent, in the Social Sciences or related areas;
- Hold a Licenciatura degree, or legal equivalent, and a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum in the Social Sciences or related areas, which the Scientific Committee deems fit to be admitted to this PhD programme;
- Hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum in the Social Sciences or related areas which, exceptionally, the Scientific Committee deems fit to be admitted to this PhD programme;
- Apply for admission by filling in the appropriate form supplied by the academic services of the organic unit that hosts the cycle of studies, who shall verify if the candidate fulfils the requirements laid down in these regulations and in the current legislation.


The application procedure requires the following elements:
- Documentation attesting that the candidate fulfils the requirements stated above;
- Updated CV, including works published or appropriately documented;
- Statement of the area of knowledge and specialty in which the candidate wishes to carry out his PhD;
- One of the following documents:
     a) A research project, indicating the object of study, its research methodology and goals, duly structured according to bibliography of reference from the area of study the candidate is applying for (required for candidates who wish to apply for an FCT scholarship);
     b) A letter of intent, stating why the candidate chose this program of studies and indicating the area she wishes to research and the reasoned goals of the work she pretends to carry out during the PhD.


Other relevant evaluating elements:
- 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).