FAQ

What is the application deadline for the next academic year 2018/2019
How do I get more information about what courses are open, the qualifications required to apply and the number of places?
Who can apply for a Doctorate Programme?
Which documents do I need to attach to my application?
Which type of CV is preferred for my application?
Do I have to send the original copies of my Grade Certificates and Certificate of Completion of Degree?
How many supervisors can I have?
How much is the application fee?
How do I submit my application?
It is possible to submit an application without all the requested documents?
How can I pay the application fee?
Can I pay the application fee after submitting the application?
Is the application fee refundable?
Where can I consult the applications results?
When can I register/enrol?
How can I get additional information and clarify any doubts that may arise?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the application deadline for the next academic year 2018/2019?

The first application period starts on the 2nd of July and finishes on the 14th of August 2018. The second application period runs from the 3rd of December 2018 until the 16th of January 2019. However, some courses have specific application deadlines as well.

 

How do I get more information about what courses are open, the qualifications required to apply and the number of places?

On the Faculty of Sciences’ website there is all the of the information regarding which courses are running in 2018/2019, as well as their respective course objectives, areas of specialisation, scientific coordinators, required qualifications, places, fees, general regulatory rules, contact information and responsible entities.

 

Who can apply for a Doctorate Programme?

According to the Regulations of Postgraduate Studies, students can apply for a Doctorate Programme if they have the following:

a) A Master’s degree or its legal equivalent;
b) A Bachelor’s degree (or its legal equivalent) / particularly relevant academic/scientific work experience, by which the candidate can be recognised as being able to complete this study programme by the FCUL Scientific Council;
c) Exceptionally, those candidates who have academic/scientific work experience, by which the candidate can be recognised as being able to complete this study programme by the FCUL Scientific Council.

Note: The recognition referred in b) and c) is done by analysing the candidates’ previous experience(s) in the context of the doctorate programme they apply to. However, this does not recognise/award them with the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree..

 

Which documents do I need to attach to my application?

Applications must be made online and must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Certificate of Completion/ Master’s and/or Bachelor’s Diploma  1 2 3 or its legal equivalent 4;
  • Master’s and/or Bachelor’s grade(s) certificates 1 2 3;
  • Certificate detailing the Syllabus and Workload of the subjects concluded (only applicable to students whose Master’s and/or Bachelor’s degree (or its legal equivalent), are from a foreign institution) 2 3;
  • Declaration of recognition of the respective higher education qualification(s) and the foreign higher education institution (only for candidates whose Masters and / or Bachelor’s degree are from a foreign institution);
  • Citizenship Card / Identity Card and Tax Payers’ Card (optional) 3;
  • Cover Letter;
  • Work plan which indicates the general objectives to be achieved during the doctorate course;
  • Declaration of acceptance from the selected supervisor(s) - if the candidate wishes to request this to the supervisor(s) before registering the thesis (mandatory).

Candidates whose Bachelor’s and/or Master’s, or its legal equivalent, is from a foreign institution (outside of the EU), must certify all certificates and diplomas at the Portuguese consular services or make sure that they have the Apostille (Hague Convention) by the competent authority of the state from which the documents are originated.

Whenever the certificates or diploma are not originally written in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, they must be translated into one of these languages.

3 Candidates who are not FCUL students should bring the original documents to the enrolment day.

The equivalences and recognition of qualifications provided for in the Decree-Law no. 283/83, of 21st June, and in the Decree-Law no. 341/2007, of 12th October, are considered as legal equivalences of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

 

Which type of CV is preferred for my application?

The candidate can send the comprehensive or summarised version of the CV provided that it mentions his/her professional and academic qualifications and training.

 

Do I have to send the original copies of my Grade Certificates and Certificate of Completion of Degree?

Candidates must not send the original copies of their certificate(s). However, during the enrolment process they must physically come to the FCUL Postgraduate Studies Area in order to prove that they have the original documents so that the authenticity of the scanned document(s) sent as part of the application can be confirmed

 

How many supervisors can I have?

Your supervisor must either be a teacher, a PhD researcher at FCUL or a specialist in the research field of your thesis who is recognised as being a suitable supervisor by the Scientific Council. In addition, in duly justified cases, we can assign a maximum of two co-supervisors to ensure a better disciplinary or institutional framework for the proposed research project. 

 

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is €50.00.

 

How do I submit my application?

The whole procedure is completed online. You must fill in the form and submit it with the required documents duly scanned.

 

It is possible to submit an application without all the requested documents?

No. Applications which do not have all the necessary documents will not be accepted.

 

How can I pay the application fee?

The payment of the application fee must be done once you have received the corresponding email issued by the Postgraduate Studies Area. The payment can be made using two different methods:

  • ATM reference;
  • Bank transfer.

If you intend to pay the application fee via bank transfer, then you must submit your proof of payment with the application. 

Payments must be made during the respective application period and immediately after submitting it (payments will not be accepted during the 1st period to pay for applications submitted in the 2nd period).

Can I pay the application fee after submitting the application?

Applications will not be accepted without the proof of payment of the application fee.. 

 

Is the application fee refundable?

The application fee is non-refundable. 

 

Where can I consult the applications results?

The application results will be available online.

 

When can I register/enrol?

The dates for enrolment for accepted candidates will be available on  www.ciencias.ulisboa.pt.

 

How can I get additional information and clarify any doubts that may arise?

Our main webpage has all the relevant information you need about all our doctorate programmes.

If you would like more information you can email the Postgraduate Studies Area using doutoramentos@ciencias.ulisboa.pt or you can visit the AEPG at FCUL, building C5, 3rd Floor, Academic Unit, office hours: (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) 10am-1pm, (Wednesday) 1.30pm to 6.30pm.