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 Ph. D Programme in Economics

  How to apply​​

The PhD Programme in Economics, offered jointly with the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, aims to endow doctoral students with advanced and thorough scientific education in Economics, enabling them to conduct high-level research and perform professional work involving reliable and demanding economic analysis.

The quality of the programme is based upon a highly qualified faculty and widely experienced in the teaching of the structural comp​onents of the course, as well as in the field of scientific research, internationally recognised by the increasing number of publications in most prominent scientific journals.

At the University of Minho, faculty develop their research within the framework of the Economic Policy Research Unit (NIPE), ranking Very Good in the last evaluation of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). This research centre is the support structure​ doctoral students rely upon, with particular emphasis, during the preparation of their Doctoral Thesis.

It is a four-year-long programme which excels for eight school semesters, corresponding to 240 ECTS. The two first years are dedicated to coursework, whereas the last two years are devoted to the completion of the Doctoral Thesis. Students are also encouraged to participate in seminars in various fields of Economics. 

It is deemed important to mention that the Department of Economics of the University of Minho is one of the best in the country when it comes to research in Economics and the School of Economics and Management provides its students with an excellent hosting environment, where research resources are excellent.

Please refer to the Workshop specifically designed for the Doctoral Students​.​​​​

The language of instruction in this programme is English.​

Tuition fees​​

Admission Criteria



Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
8 curricular semesters
Gualtar Campus, Braga
Main Scientific area:
  • Economics


    School of Economics and Management
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: 00 351 253604510 Fax: 00 351 253601380


The PhD programme relies on the use of the best human resources available in the two universities, in the fields of research and advanced education. Its quality rests upon a highly educated faculty holding doctoral degree awarded by prestigious European and American universities and whose research excellence is documented by a large number of publications in international scientific journals. The academic calendar has been designed in order to facilitate and encourage mobility of students between the two partner institutions. Many complementary activities are offered to students, including advanced training courses in specialized topics, conferences and seminars, hence contributing to the enhancement and refinement of their general and specific skills. Students are also offered the opportunity to participate in other research and training activities organized by both universities.
The programme aims at offering students a high quality educational experience, whilst effectively preparing them for an active life in an increasingly globalised world.

Access to higher education

Not applicable.


A PhD in Economics is able to conduct high-level research and to perform professional work, in public or private organizations, involving reliable and demanding economic analysis.






Access forms

Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho.

This information does not replace consultation of the Regulation of the study cycle Leading to obtaining the degree of Doctor from the University of Minho and other documents.

Formal requirements

To be accepted, the candidates must either have:
- Master degree, or legal equivalent, in Economics or other related areas;
- Bachelor in Economics, or other related areas, and a scientific or professional curriculum recognized as relevant and appropriate by the programme?s Scientific Commission;
- A scientific or professional curriculum recognized as relevant and appropriate by the programme?s Scientific Commission

Recommended requirements

Not applicable.

Application deadlines

Registration deadlines

Aditional Information

Study Plan


A3ES Accreditation status:
Resolution publication date:
A3ES submited report:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2392/2011
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