Doctorate in Psychology

Universidade de Aveiro
Program overview
3 years - 6 semesters
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Portuguese, English

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Universidade de Aveiro

About this program

Doctorate in Psychology

The PhD Program in Psychology at the University of Aveiro aims to prepare highly qualified students for autonomous research work in the various fields of application of Psychology (education, organizations, forensic, health, etc.), thus addressing the recruitment needs of academia, public institutions, associations and non-profit organizations, and the business sector. Taking into account the legal requirements to obtain a PhD degree (Decree-Law no. 74/2006 of March 24), the general goals of the Doctoral Program in Psychology are the following:

  • systematic and in-depth understanding of the specific field of Psychology;
  • the development of skills to conceive, design, adapt and carry out high quality scientific research;
  • the development of the ability to carry out original research worthy of publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • the development of skills to analyze, evaluate and synthesize complex scientific information;
  • the development of skills to communicate the results of the research carried out and to present and debate topics in their area of expertise with the scientific and technical community and society in general;
  • the development of the ability to find funding to carry out high quality scientific research;
  • the development of innovative and entrepreneurial abilities.

Admission requirements

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

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Program content

Year 1

1st Semester

Scientific Research in Psychology

2nd Semester

Thesis (1st year)

Year 2

Thesis (2nd year)

Year 3

Thesis (3rd year)

Scholarships & funding

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


  • Tuition fees 2022/2023: 2325€€/year
  • International tuition fees 2022/2023: 2325€€ /year


The doctoral program aims to promote in students the capacity for technological innovation and management in the areas of "behavioral engineering", community intervention and prevention programs, scientific research in Psychology and its related areas of neuroscience and artificial intelligence. The knowledge and skills to intervene in these areas are essential to the production of new knowledge, the development of evidence-based intervention protocols, and the construction of valid psychological assessment instruments -- all needed for sustainable development of human potential, family empowerment, healthy behaviors, entrepreneurship in business, well-being, citizenship, and environmental protection.

Career paths

In Portugal the degree of Doctor allows access to scientific and academic career. Companies or institutions may rise this degree in the selection of workers.

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Universidade de Aveiro

Join an international community with people from 96 countries, studying, researching and living together in one of the cities with best quality of life in Portugal. Universidade de Aveiro is globally recognized by the quality of its teaching and researching...

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Why study at Universidade de Aveiro

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.
  • Intercultural environment: in a universe of over 90 nationalities, you can expect to see, feel and live cultures from all around the globe. Besides all the Intercultural events (more than 80 in 2019), you can count on a team fully dedicated to help you in any matters related to your studies and living abroad circumstances.
  • Learn for the future: it is a modern university, with excellent infrastructures to learn and to start developing your career today. The university’s interdisciplinary atmosphere is crucial for the growth of critical knowledge and to develop towards society.
  • 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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