Doctorate in Political Science

Universidade de Aveiro
Program overview
3 years
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Portuguese, English

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Universidade de Aveiro

About this program

Doctorate in Political Science

This doctoral Program aims, generally, to provide high quality advanced training in Political Science, and generate valuable contributions to research in this area.

The main teaching language of the curricular component is dependent on the student body. If it includes PhD students who do not understand Portuguese, the main teaching language is English (as in 2019/20 and 2020/21). That said, students can always do the assignments and assessment; participate orally; and ask for clarifications in either language. Note that, regardless of the teaching language, the readings to be carried out are predominantly in English.

This doctoral program is offered in partnership between the University of Aveiro (UA) and the University of Beira Interior (UBI), allowing the joining of resources from two quality universities in the area of Political Science.

The Program is structured around four areas, covering classical domains of Political Science (political philosophy; comparative politics), together with the new territories of this science (governance; political communication).

The PhD is thus open to doctoral students who wish to engage in high level research in these four fields: comparative politics; political communication; political philosophy; and governance.

The partnership underlying this PhD Program is based on the mutually complementary character of both Universities

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

1st Semester

  • Research Methodologies I
  • Research Project in Political Science I
  • Thematic Seminar I

2nd Semester

  • Research Methodologies II
  • Research Project in Political Science II
  • Thematic Seminar II

Year 2


Year 3


Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees 2022/2023: 2000€€/year
  • International tuition fees 2022/2023: 2000€€ /year

Career paths

The students will have two dominant employment profiles. First, research and academic careers, with graduates expected to integrate research and teaching activities nationally and internationally. Second, positions in think tanks, NGOs, consultancy and high level public administration, where there is latent demand at regional and national levels.

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Universidade de Aveiro

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Why is Universidade de Aveiro the your next best step?

  • Teaching and research experiences of excellence: here in Aveiro, you will find some of the best teachers, known internationally for their field work, investigation methods and results and 20 research centers evaluated with incredible remark.
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  • Academic support: Universidade de Aveiro offers to its international students’ programs that allow them to get familiar with Portuguese language or level their knowledge on core subjects like Mathematics.
  • International cooperation and mobility: While studying in Aveiro, you can take advantage of numerous mobility programs that will take your education experience to a whole different level, while living in a new country, meeting new people and learning new skills. Universidade de Aveiro also has cooperation agreements with hundreds of international institutions.
  • Young and vibrant city: A medium sized city, with a low cost of life, capable of combining both amazing natural places, such as beaches, mountains and rivers and, at the same time, renowned innovation & tech events, projects and centers.

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Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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