[The application process is permanently open. Learn more in APPLICATIONS].

The PhD Program in Culture Studies.
This PhD program aims to explore the various relationships of signs within social communication systems that are embedded in complex cultural dynamics and contexts. This allows students to develop critical perspectives on multiple social phenomena.

Professor Doctor Adelaide Meira Serras

information: nelsonpinheiro@campus.ul.pt 

Academic Degree: Doctor

Duration: 3 academic years (6 semesters). The first academic year has curricular units that demand attendance.

Credits: 180 ECTS

Investment: 2750 euros for the first academic year; 1500 euros for the following years. Non-EU students should confirm the investment with the academic services.

Schedule: Taking into account the various tutorial and seminar components, the program activities can take place both during working hours and after work.

Calendar: The course usually starts in September, until  June. Students may also apply to begin the program at the end of January.


You may apply for the PhD in Culture Studies if you have: 1. A master’s degree or legal equivalent; 2. A foreign higher academic degree, awarded following a second cycle of studies organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this Process; 3. A holder of a foreign higher academic degree recognized as meeting the objectives of the MA degree by the Scientific Board of the School; 4. The holder of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to undertake this cycle of studies by the scientific board of the School.

The candidate MUST CONTACT the coordination of the PhD in Culture Studies before submitting his/her application.

The application process is online and is identical for both Portuguese and international applicants (see below for required documents). To start the application process, the candidate must access the Application Portal: Application Portal.

Application Phase: Applications open permanently with two phases for entry in September and January.

31st October 2019: Application until this day for candidates interested in starting the Program in January 2020 (2nd semester of 2019/2020).

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY // You must attach the following documents:

» Research project indicating the area of research and the objectives to be achieved, up to a maximum of five pages. It is important to underline the thematic line of research you wish to develop. The Project must include, besides the thematic line indication, the main scientific areas to be framed; the main authors and works to be mentioned; research objectives and hypotheses; a brief bibliographical review that contextualizes the state of the art; a schedule of activities; a bibliographic list; among other elements considered relevant to the project.
» Masters Certificate, or equivalent legal document.
» Curriculum vitae. The curriculum should underline the academic and professional experiences that most contribute to a profile in the study of culture and communication. Other postgraduate and specialization training will be considered.
» Identification Document.

Note. You may also attach any other diplomas, documents or certificates that you find useful to your application.

The application takes place online, with a fee of 55,00 €. (Note. Candidates, if admitted, must submit original documents to the Academic Services to enable their authentication.)

INVESTMENT (2018-19):

2750€ – 1st curricular year;

1500€ – 2nd curricular year and the following.

Non-EU candidates: please confirm the value for the investment with the academic services.


The PhD Program in Culture Studies is set in the broad field of what, in international terms, is called cultural sciences and cultural studies. Based on a solid theoretical research, it provides students with devices for  systematic understanding and research methods. This PhD course also intends to contribute to the adaptation of these studies to sociocultural change of reality. This establishes a broad transdisciplinary dialogue between the traditional areas of the social sciences and the humanities. At the same time, it stimulates the knowledge and study of new approaches. Particularly relevant are the scientific dialectics with communication, philosophy, cultural sociology, language sciences, history, cultural management, media studies, creative industries and cultural policies. The program thus covers an area of diverse social and cultural interests, presenting also a plurality of methodological and scientific perspectives.

Finally, the PhD Program in Culture Studies aims to understand contemporary and classical trends of sociocultural existence in order to develop professional skills within the multiple discourses that cross the world.

Theme Research Lines

Students must submit a doctoral research project focusing on one of the following thematic lines. This ensures an immersive work in the research being developed by professors and the Program:

Cities and Visual Culture

Communication and Discourses

Discourse and Literacy: matrices, practices, trends

Management of Trends and Culture

Cultural Matrices and Theories

Notwithstanding the listed thematic guidelines, the scientific commission of the course welcomes and will evaluate innovative proposals in cutting-edge disciplinary fields, or on the problematization of theme of great scientific and societal interest.

Prospective candidates must contact the director of the PhD in Culture Studies before submitting their application.

Study Plan

Unidade Curricular / Curricular UnitÁrea Científica / Scientific AreaDuração / DurationHoras de Trabalho / Work hoursHoras de contacto / Contact hoursECTSObservações / Observations
Tópicos em Estudos de Cultura I: Teorias da Cultura / Topics in Culture Studies I: Culture TheoriesHUM1º Ano (1º Semestre) / 1st Year (1st Semester).336S 45;
OT 15
12Obrigatória / Mandatory //
Adelaide Meiras Serras
Tópicos em Estudos de Cultura II: Artes e Cultura / Topics em Culture Studies II: Arts and Culture. HUM1º Ano (1º Semestre) / 1st Year (1st Semester).336 S 45;
OT 15
12 Obrigatória / Mandatory //
Fernanda Gil costa
Opção Livre / OptionHUM1º Ano (1º ou 2º Semestre) / 1st Year (1st or 2nd Semester).336 S 45;
OT 15
12 Opção Livre / Option
Leituras Orientadas I e II / Guided Readings I and IIHUM1º Ano (1º e 2º Semestres) / 1st Year (1st and 2nd Semesters).336 OT 60 12+12Créditos a obter no 1º e 2º semestres / Credits to be obtained in the 1st and 2nd semesters.
Nelson Pinheiro Gomes e Adelaide Meira Serras (com os respetivos orientadores de cada doutorando).
(Defesa do) Projeto de Tese / Thesis Project (defense)HUM2º Ano / 2nd Year420 OT 15153º semestre / 3rd semester
Seminário de Orientação / Supervision SeminarHUM2º Ano / 2nd Year420OT 15154º semestre / 4th semester
Tese / ThesisHUM2º e 3º Ano / 2nd and 3rd Years2520 OT 30 903º, 4º, 5º e 6º semestres / 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th semesters.