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 Ph. D Programme in Political Science and International Relations

  How to apply​​

The Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations provides you with the fundamental tools for the development of innovative work in the field of Political Science and International Relations, in a stimulating and international research environment.

The Programme allows to consolidate the skills necessary for the production of original scientific work of both theoretical and applied scope in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

Students are continuously encouraged to work closely with the members of the Centre of Research in Political Science - CICP - as a way to improve the international dissemination of their work.

This PhD programme relies upon a strong epistemic and academic body, whose members hold Ph.D degrees from various outstanding European and North American Universities. This has also been one of the reasons why this programme has been the first choice of Portuguese and foreign candidates from countries as diverse as Angola, Brazil, Iran, Nigeria and UK.

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:
  • Political Science and International Relations


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

    Tel: +351 253604510 Fax: +351 253601380


The PhD in Political Science and International Relations, re-designed in line with the Bologna process, aims to offer attendance in an advanced studies course that consolidates the skills necessary to develop research work and to prepare the Doctoral students for the execution of independent and original scientific work in an area of knowledge inserted in the Political Science and International Relations field, this way contributing to the progress of knowledge, both in the theoretical and applied domains.

We offer a structured PhD Programme that includes: six courses (1st and 2nd semesters – 60 ECTS) and the supervised writing of a Doctoral thesis (3rd – 6th semesters - 180 ECTS).

The associated research centre is the NICPRI - Research Centre in Political Science and International Relations, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology . In the last assessment of R&D Units conducted by a panel of international experts, the FCT granted the NICPRI the evaluation of Excellent.

In addition, the high quality standards of the Programme rest upon a highly educated staff holding doctoral programmes awarded by outstanding European and American universities.

Access to higher education

The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level






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.

Recommended requirements

Not applicable.

Aditional Information

Study Plan

Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 60
S1 Advanced Complements of International Relations CPRI 10
S1 Advanced Complements of Political Science CPRI 10
S1 Research Methodology CPRI 10
S2 Comprehensive Exams AP; CPRI 10
S2 Research Project CPRI 10
S2 Thematic Seminar CPRI 10
Year 2 3 4 180
TA Dissertation CPRI 180


A3ES Accreditation status:
Resolution publication date:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2382/2011
Registry Date:
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