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Political Science

Political Science

Doctoral Degree
School of Social and Political Sciences
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
3 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 128/2016
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



ISCSP is the oldest School in Portugal in the scientific area of Political Science. The doctoral program in the area was created in 1980, seeking to respond to the emergence of the study of these subjects in the country, in the post-April Revolution period. Over these more than 40 years, the Doutoramento Degree program has tried to keep up with the evolution and the scientific and pedagogical advances in the discipline at a national and international level.

The current curricular plan includes a solid basic training at an advanced level in the field of Political Science in the methodological, theoretical and empirical domains, central axes for the production of original and innovative scientific knowledge. Based on an interdisciplinary perspective, the Doutoramento Degree program also ensures students thematic diversity and alternative paths in the fields of (1) political theory and analysis, and (2) political and strategic studies (through optional courses).

Students acquire a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills, which enable them to have a global perspective of the scope and importance of the study of Political Science in a changing world, as well as to design original, innovative and impactful research


Develop advanced knowledge and innovative research in the field of Political Science;

Ensure a solid methodological preparation that is essential for the development of doctoral level research;

Integrate students into national and international research networks, centers and projects;

To ensure core competencies that enable students to actively participate in the major political debates that continue today at the national and international level;

Ensure a solid training in the field of Political Science that will allow students to integrate the academic/research career.

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.
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