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Doctorate in Psychology

ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Program description


The Doctoral Program in Psychology at ISCTE-IUL, was created in 2000, and was the first in Portugal to introduce a structured curricular component in addition to an intensive individual research component. Initiated as a program in Social and Organizational Psychology, it broadened to a general Psychology program in 2006 with the implementation of the Bologna Process in Portugal. 

The PhD Program in Psychology is hosted by the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology of the School for Social Sciences and Humanities at ISCTE-IUL, but it is also jointly organized with CIS-IUL, as one of its most important activities, and it is associated with ISCTE-IUL’s Laboratory for Social and Organizational Psychology. Synergies between these different partners make the program vibrant, through a dynamic collaborative and stimulating scientific environment, allowing students to develop and strengthen their scientific and academic skills.

The Doctoral Program, which is accredited by the national higher education evaluation and accreditation agency (A3ES), aims to promote autonomy and excellence in research in psychology with the highest international standards. It fosters both the development of applied research projects that address societal problems on a national or international scale, and advancements in fundamental research and theory development.

Admission requirements


Admission criteria to the PhD Course in Psychology

To be admitted in the programme, students have to apply with a structured research project (including research question, objectives and research plan) that they prepare in collaboration with their potential and desired supervisor.

Apart from the research project, candidates need to fulfill the existing admission criteria of the PhD Program in Psychology as they have been accredited by A3ES, namely students can apply if they:

a) have a master degree in Psychology or legal equivalent and have a master degree in other Sciences that are recognized by the Social and Organizational Psychology Department;

b) have a bachelor degree in Psychology and have a bachelor degree in other Sciences with a relevant educative or scientific CV that are recognized by the Social and Organizational Psychology Department;

c) have an educative, scientific or professional track record that is recognized by the Social and Organizational Psychology Department as adequate for pursuing this cycle of studies.

For the candidates who have a master degree in scientific domains other than psychology the Social and Organizational Psychology Department, after hearing the supervisor can recommend further complementary training. The approval of the candidate in the first year will be dependent upon the successful completion of the courses defined for this complementary training.

Program content


The program offers students diversified learning opportunities by conducting activities that promote the sharing of knowledge and regular discussion of work in progress. Apart from the close collaboration with their own supervisors, PhD students profit from critical and constructive feedback from an independent scientific consultant who regularly reviews their research progress. 

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ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Founded in 1972, the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is one of the most prestigious public universities in Portugal, particularly focused on postgraduate studies and scientific research. It is organized in four schools: ISCTE Business School, School of Sociology and...

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ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Avenida das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisboa

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