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Doctoral Degree
Institute of Education
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 16/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The Doctorate in Education combines in-depth and up-to-date knowledge in the scientific area with rigorous theoretical and methodological training in order to promote the development of original research with a transformative impact. Advanced training contributes to the resolution of critical problems in the areas of research and innovation in various contexts of educational practice.

The development of research is carried out in close articulation with the research programs and projects under way at the research center of the Institute of Education – the Research and Development Unit in Education and Training (UIDEF) – and in connection with other universities and national and foreign research centers.

The Doctorate in Education is recognized, in its different areas of expertise, for the purposes of counting time for progression in the teaching career (in accordance with Ordinance No. 344/2008, of April 30). This information does not dispense with reading the legislation in force and we suggest consulting the DGAE website.

The cycle of studies leading to the degree of Doctor of Education comprises two phases:

Doctoral course, which constitutes a propaedeutic and probationary period, with a maximum duration of two semesters (corresponding to 60 ECTS), and which takes the form of a research project. At the end of the course, the project is defended in a public act and its approval is a condition for the continuity of the study cycle;
Elaboration, discussion and approval of the doctoral thesis, original and specially made for this purpose.


Acquiring a broad range of theoretical and methodological knowledge in an education specialty;
Developing a continued understanding in the field of education;
Acquiring research competences, skills and methods in education related to a specialty;
Developing the capacity to plan, design, adjust, carry out and report significant research in an education specialty, complying with the academic and scientific demands and standards of quality, rigour and integrity;
Developing the capacity to carry out original research projects in an education specialty, which contribute to broaden knowledge, and part of which deserves national or international dissemination through refereed publications;
Developing the capacity to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas;
Developing competencies to communicate research results in an education specialty to peers, the remaining academic community and society at large;
In a knowledge-based society, developing the capacity to promote social and cultural progress, in the academic and/or professional context.

Career prospects 
Not applicable

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
b) Exceptionally, holders of Bachelor's degrees or the legal equivalent in different scientific domains, or those who possess an especially relevant educational or scientific CV that the Directive Board recognizes as a proof of the candidate's ability to undertake this study cycle;
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International Access

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