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PhD in Public Policy

The PhD programme in Public Policy trains researchers and professors of higher education, as well as professionals qualified to analyze, design, manage and evaluate public policy within Portuguese, European, and international organizations.

This is a three-year programme in which students have opportunities to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills. During their first year, doctoral candidates attend six compulsory seminars focused on theories and methodologies in public policy, as well as two elective units that may cover any of the following areas: social policy, defense and external relations, education, health, the environment, immigration, media, science and technology, energy and development. In the following two years, candidates prepare their theses through conducting research in the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL). In addition, candidates attend a research seminar, an international conference cycle and the Public Policy Forum.

Students who finish the first year of the course will receive a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Public Policy with 60 credits (ECTS).

The staff of teachers and conference speakers combines international and Portuguese specialists, including social scientists, lawyers and economists, former ministers, experts and high-level policy-makers.


Information regarding COVID-19

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Portuguese government has temporarily closed all schools and universities from March 12th 2020.

In light of this, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa will be suspending face-to-face classes and offering all programs remotely instead. For more information about this, please contact the university.

Program content

When students finish the course, it intended that they will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the principal models of analysis, conceptual frameworks and methodological strategies of the discipline of public policy;
  • Combine theoretical and methodological tools in conducting research of scientific significance and quality in public policy;
  • Apply and utilize acquired knowledge to design, analyze, manage and evaluate public policy on national, European and international levels;
  • Communicate and disseminate the results of their work in the academic community and general society.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee 2020/2021 €2000.00 per year

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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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