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Migration studies

Migration studies

Doctoral Degree
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning
Joint Programmes 
Faculty of Psychology
Institute of Social Sciences
Institute of Education
Time period 
Day time
6 a 8
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A - Cr 21/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The PhD in Migration Studies is a joint programme of four Schools of the University of Lisbon: Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT), Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), Faculty of Psychology (FP) and Institute of Education (IE). It confers the degree of PhD in the branches of knowledge of Anthropology, Political Science, Education, Geography, Psychology and Sociology.
This programme offers a doctoral course on the processes of socio-economic change associated with migrations in contemporary societies and is associated with a very dynamic team of teachers, from various disciplinary backgrounds (Human Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Psychology, Education and Political Science), who work on transversal and innovative projects. Consequently, students have access to high quality research, rich in concrete cases and in a vibrant and inspiring learning environment.
Research topics are diverse, ranging from understanding the causes, characteristics and complexity of migratory processes, to the incorporation of immigrants into society and into the territories of destination, and the management of their transnational networks.
From a social perspective, the programme also provides advanced training for researchers and technicians in a socially relevant area of study. Furthermore, it contributes to strengthening the relationship between research and advanced training in the field of migrations in Portugal, with public institutions and NGOs, of local, national and European scope, with responsibilities in this area.
Through CEG's Research Group MIGRARE, it participates in the research-training network INTEGRIM (Integration and international migration: pathways and integration policies), funded by the European Commission (FP7/People).
Branches of Knowledge and Specialties
The PhD programme in Migration grants a doctoral degree in the following branches and specialities:
Geography Branch, specialty of Human Geography (IGOT);
Psychology Branch, speciality of Social Psychology (FP; ICS);
Sociology (ICS), specialities of:
Sociology of Inequalities, Minorities and Social Movements;
Sociology of Family, Youth and Gender Relations;
Sociology of Social Policies;
Political Science Branch, specialising in Comparative Politics (ICS);
Anthropology Branch, speciality of Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics (ICS);
Education Branch, speciality of Sociology of Education.


Postgraduate teaching, at an advanced level, of theoretical and methodological issues associated with the theme of migration and social processes of human mobility, crossing different and multiple perspectives provided by different domains that make up the universe of social sciences. Migration is a field of research characterized by multidisciplinary approaches, with a clear advantage for researchers who will work in this area to diversify training, within a framework that proposes, simultaneously, specialization and multidisciplinary sharing.

Career prospects 
Teaching career in Higher Education Institutions Research Career Technical consultancy, research, training, development, monitoring and evaluation of projects, in the respective area of specialization Managerial and executive positions in international and national organisations

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
Application requirements: a) Holders of a master degree or legal equivalent in the domain of Social Sciences or related areas; b) Exceptionally, holders of a pre-Bologna undergraduate degree or legal equivalent, with a particularly outstanding academic or scientific curricula, that is recognized as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the statutorily competent body of the University of Lisbon
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