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Interuniversity PhD Programme in History: change and continuity in a global world (PIUDHist)

Interuniversity PhD Programme in History: change and continuity in a global world (PIUDHist)

Doctoral Degree
Institute of Social Sciences
Joint Programmes 
Institute of Social Sciences
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
School of Social and Political Sciences
In Association 
com outras Instituições de Ensino Superior
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 33/2014
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



Sociology: Knowledge for Open and Inclusive Societies (OpenSoc) is an interuniversity doctoral programme that mobilizes the theoretical, methodological and empirical heritage built up during sociology’s history, as well as its far-reaching interdisciplinary connections, in order to devise new guidelines for research and intervention in the face of present societal challenges.

The programme’s vision is encapsulated in its motto:

OPEN societies, able to deal with new and changing intersections of local, national and global; public, private, and intimate; biographies, meanings, and structures.
INCLUSIVE societies, able to use institutions, territories, groups and social networks to foster cohesion and equity in a changing, segmented and heterogeneous social fabric.
KNOWLEDGE that empowers social actors to understand and manage diversity in a reflexive way, avoiding “easy” answers which lean towards closure, homogenization, and exclusion.
In OpenSoc, we bring our efforts together to provide an answer that is itself open and inclusive, to your quest for innovation and application of sociological knowledge. The interuniversity scope of our programme allows us to bring together a highly qualified and diverse set of teachers and researchers, with knowledge and experience across multiple social problematics and analytical dimensions, the plurality of theoretical paradigms, and the diversity of methodological approaches.


We aim at providing our students the best experience in learning and scientific creation:

Advanced theoretical, methodological, and practical training in the “sociologist’s craft” and its social applications. Besides the seminars making up the study plan, we encourage students’ involvement in research teams’ activities. Students can also take advantage of Summer schools and specialized courses provided by the different universities in order to deepen and diversify their learning, as well as to gain transversal skills for knowledge communication and valorisation.

Quality of academic life, by providing an environment of constant reflexive stimulus, peer discussion and criticism, as well as good material and intellectual work facilities for doctoral studies, both in place and on-line.

Encouragement and opportunities for internationalization, by supporting individual or collaborative international publication, participation in international scientific events and networks, and mobility within and without the circle of OpenSoc partner institutions, including the possibility of obtaining the tile of Doctor Europaeus.

Acknowledgment of a doctoral training for excellence, by the joint granting of the doctoral degree in Sociology by the four universities associated in OpenSoc, whichever one the student chooses to conclude his or her thesis.

Career prospects 
The PhD in Sociology trains researchers who are distinguished by their skills and abilities to integrate university research and teaching institutions, both in Portugal and abroad, as well as scientific advisory activities of all kinds.

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
For academic degree holders: a) Applicants who possess a Master’s Degree or an equivalent; b) Applicants who possess a Bachelor’s Degree, holders of an academic or scientific curriculum, attesting duly recognized by the Scientific Council; c) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
Fee – 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative) 

International Access

Fee - 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative)