Doctorate in Legal Sciences – Specialisation in Legal-Civilistic Sciences

DURATION

4 years

ECTS

240

PLACES

8*

REGIME

post-labor

DEGREE

doctorate

LANGUAGES

pt

*8 places in total for application (shared between the two branches of this Doctorate)

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Solid advanced training
  • The possibility of team research
  • a systematic and global understanding of legal sciences

This study cycle has two specialties, Legal-Civilistic Sciences and Legal-Criminal Sciences, and the student must choose one of the areas. Each area of expertise comprises six mandatory units (three in each half) plus one elective per semester according to the study plan.

Phd degree is awarded to those who obtain:

  • approval in the academic part (60 ECTS)
  • PhD thesis preparation, within six semesters, discussion and approval in public exams (180 ECTS).

*8 total places for application (shared between the two branches of this PhD)

 

Publication in the Official Journal, 2nd Series - No. 175 - 8 September 2020 - Announcement No. 216/2020

The course of study has the general objective of promoting the creation of knowledge in Legal Science, developing human resources to design, implement and coordinate scientific research projects advanced level. Thus the following specific objectives should be pursued:
  • Understanding an integrated way the legal system;
  • Encourage reflection on the law;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary discussion and studies in border areas;
  • Promote the integration and interaction of national and international academic community;
  • Develop the ability to build and run, methodically, a personal research project with original results;
  • Develop the ability to design and manage research projects that promote scientific research team and links to other institutions, national and international.

All the legal professions, namely magistracy, advocacy (litigation direction), research, higher education, senior civil service officials.

The study cycle of learning objectives correspond to level 8 of the European Qualifications Framework for Learning throughout life (EQF) according to the European Space Qualifications Framework for Higher Education. Completion of the course involves a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the Legal Civil Sciences or Criminal Sciences, as well as the Epistemology and Methodology of Research in Legal Science. Graduates will be able to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize ideas and innovative and complex reasoning and will be also able to communicate with their peers, the academic community and society in general about their area of expertise.

The present diploma confers the qualification in PhD degree in law: Specialty in Juridical Sciences - Civilistics (240 ECTS) or, with the conclusion of the 1st year, Advanced Studies in Juridical Sciences: Specialty in Juridical Sciences - Civilistics (60 ECTS).

The Doctorate is organized in 2 semesters that correspond to the curricular structure, plus 3 years dedicated to the preparation, realization and presentation of a thesis defence.
The course is equivalent to 60 ECTS for the curricular part and 180 ECTS for the preparation, realization and presentation of the thesis, which makes a total of 240 ECTS in the following scientific areas:

Scientific Area Compulsory ECTS Optional ECTS
L
Law
225
15

1st year

1st Semester Scientific Area ECTS
L
7.5
L
7.5
D
7.5
L
7.5
L
7.5
OP - Criminal Procedure Law Seminar I
L
7.5
OP - Contract Law Seminar
L
7.5
OP - Theory of Human Rights Seminar
L
7.5
2nd Semester Scientific Area ECTS
L
7.5
L
7.5
L
7.5
OP - Human Rights and Republican Culture Seminar
L
7.5
OP - Criminal Law II Seminar
L
7.5
OP - Criminal Procedure Law Seminar II
L
7.5
OP - Contract Law Seminar
L
7.5
L
7.5

2nd year

Annual Scientific Area ECTS
Thesis
L
60

3rd year

Annual Scientific Area ECTS
Thesis
L
60

4th year

Annual Scientific Area ECTS
Thesis
L
60

Note: The optional CUs available will be defined annually by the Department Direction.

The doctoral students will be integrated into the IJP/ Portucalense Legal Institute, research unit recognized by the Science and Technology Foundation, with the purpose of developing scientific research activities. The doctoral theses will be framed in research projects that are underway by consolidated groups and integrated into R&D units with a body of knowledge production that is internationally recognized in the area of the study programme. IJP's action is in accordance with the purposes of the European Research Area (ERA), assuming itself as a research centre integrated in the scientific community and in the civil society, at national and European level, with the mission of sharing and disseminating scientific knowledge in the fields of Law, Political Science, International Relations and other related areas.

Heinrich Hörster

Coordinator of the Doctorate in Legal Sciences

Maria João Mimoso

Coordinator of the Doctorate in Legal Sciences

DL/ Department of Law

Doctorate in Legal Sciences: Specialisation in Legal - Civilistic Sciences
(dout.cienjurcivilisticas@upt.pt)

Applications

176,00 €

Enrolment (single act per course)

326,00 €

Enrolment in year

326,00 €

Enrolment for the defense of the Thesis

337,00 €

School Insurance

32,00 €

Value per ECTS

13,50 €

Minimum compulsory tuition fee (10 ECTS)

Monthly

135,00 €

Tuition Fee (for 60 ECTS)

11 instalments (September to July)

Monthly

368,20 €

3% discount September

Single

3.928,50 €

Tuition Fee (for 30 ECTS)

5 instalments (September to January or February to June)

Monthly

405,00 €

2% discount September or February

Half-yearly

1.984,50 €

50% of the curricular part

Note 1: After the deadlines, a fee of 863 € is due for each semester until the submission of the thesis (or 176 € per month, if the monthly modality was chosen).
Note 2: Candidates who only intend to submit the Thesis for defense: 5.075,00 euros, as provided for in no. 1 of article 33 of DL 65/2018.
Note 3: Single curricular modules are charged per ECTS (according to the price list in force)

Applications

176,00 €

Enrolment (single act per course)

326,00 €

Enrolment in year

326,00 €

Enrolment for the defense of the Thesis

337,00 €

School Insurance

32,00 €

Value per ECTS

13,50 €

Minimum compulsory tuition fee (10 ECTS)

Monthly

135,00 €

Tuition Fee (for 60 ECTS)

11 instalments (September to July)

Monthly

368,20 €

3% discount September

Single

3.928,50 €

Tuition Fee (for 30 ECTS)

5 instalments (September to January or February to June)

Monthly

405,00 €

2% discount September or February

Half-yearly

1.984,50 €

50% of the curricular part

Note 1: After the deadlines, a fee of 863 € is due for each semester until the submission of the thesis (or 176 € per month, if the monthly modality was chosen).
Note 2: Candidates who only intend to submit the Thesis for defense: 5.075,00 euros, as provided for in no. 1 of article 33 of DL 65/2018.
Note 3: Single curricular modules are charged per ECTS (according to the price list in force)

Applications for admission to the cycle of studies leading to a doctoral degree may be made by those who meet the conditions laid down in DL 74/2006, 24th March, amended in DL 115/2013, 7th August and amended and republished by DL 63/2016, 13th September. Namely:
  1. Holders of a Master's degree or legal equivalent in Law or related areas;
  2. Holders of a bachelor's degree in Law or related areas, holding a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum vitae that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of Portucalense University;
  3. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Portucalense Infante D. Henrique University.

The candidates for access to the 3rd cycle in Legal Sciences are selected and ranked by the Coordination Office of the study cycle, in descending order, according to the final classification calculated by applying the criteria and respective weighting presented in Annex II of these Regulations.

1st Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 1st Phase
16th May 2022
8th July 2022
Display of results
Till 15th July 2022
Claims
15th July 2022
20th July 2022
Registrations
21st July 2022
29th July 2022
2nd Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 2nd Phase
1st August 2022
16th September 2022
Display of results
Till 21st September 2022
Claims
22nd September 2022
26th September 2022
Registrations
27th September 2022
30th September 2022
3rd Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 3rd Phase
30th September 2022
21st October 2022
Display of results
Till 25th October 2022
Claims
26th October 2022
28th October 2022
Registrations
31st October 2022
4th November 2022
4th Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 4th Phase
8th November 2022
21st Novemberr 2022
Display of results
Till 28th November 2022
Claims
28th November 2022
29th November 2022
Registrations
29th November 2022
2nd December 2022

The Application Process must be completed with

  1. Application form, duly completed;
  2. Documents proving that the candidate meets the conditions for candidacy;
  3. Originals or certified copies;
  4. Detailed and updated Curriculum Vitae;
  5. Identification document
    Up-to-date colour photograph;
  6. Other documents indicated in the regulations of the course to which the applicant is applying;
  7. Other documents that the candidate considers useful (namely a Letter of Motivation/Intent - draft for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Counselling - and also required for the Doctorate in Business Administration). Motivation/Intent Letter - draft concerning the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Counselling - and also required by the Doctorate in Business Science).

Admission Office

Enquiries regarding the application can be made by:
email (ingresso@upt.pt) or
Phone (800 270 201 )

Admission Office

Enquiries regarding the application can be made by:
email (ingresso@upt.pt) or
Phone (800 270 201 )

This year with the novelty of awarding three scholarships of tuition fee exemption to the candidates with the best absolute merit in the following criteria (see Rules of the study cycle):

  • Academic qualifications
  • Scientific production
  • Professional experience 
    Motivation letter

The scholarship holders will be selected, at the end of the enrolment process, from among the PhD students who have applied and enrolled for the first time.

DURATION

4 years

ECTS

240

PLACES

8*

REGIME

post-labor

DEGREE

doctorate

LANGUAGES

pt

*8 places in total for application (shared between the two branches of this Doctorate)

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Solid advanced training
  • The possibility of team research
  • a systematic and global understanding of legal sciences

This study cycle has two specialties, Legal-Civilistic Sciences and Legal-Criminal Sciences, and the student must choose one of the areas. Each area of expertise comprises six mandatory units (three in each half) plus one elective per semester according to the study plan.

Phd degree is awarded to those who obtain:

  • approval in the academic part (60 ECTS)
  • PhD thesis preparation, within six semesters, discussion and approval in public exams (180 ECTS).

*8 total places for application (shared between the two branches of this PhD)

 

Publication in the Official Journal, 2nd Series - No. 175 - 8 September 2020 - Announcement No. 216/2020

The course of study has the general objective of promoting the creation of knowledge in Legal Science, developing human resources to design, implement and coordinate scientific research projects advanced level. Thus the following specific objectives should be pursued:
  • Understanding an integrated way the legal system;
  • Encourage reflection on the law;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary discussion and studies in border areas;
  • Promote the integration and interaction of national and international academic community;
  • Develop the ability to build and run, methodically, a personal research project with original results;
  • Develop the ability to design and manage research projects that promote scientific research team and links to other institutions, national and international.

All the legal professions, namely magistracy, advocacy (litigation direction), research, higher education, senior civil service officials.

The study cycle of learning objectives correspond to level 8 of the European Qualifications Framework for Learning throughout life (EQF) according to the European Space Qualifications Framework for Higher Education. Completion of the course involves a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the Legal Civil Sciences or Criminal Sciences, as well as the Epistemology and Methodology of Research in Legal Science. Graduates will be able to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize ideas and innovative and complex reasoning and will be also able to communicate with their peers, the academic community and society in general about their area of expertise.

The present diploma confers the qualification in PhD degree in law: Specialty in Juridical Sciences - Civilistics (240 ECTS) or, with the conclusion of the 1st year, Advanced Studies in Juridical Sciences: Specialty in Juridical Sciences - Civilistics (60 ECTS).

The Doctorate is organized in 2 semesters that correspond to the curricular structure, plus 3 years dedicated to the preparation, realization and presentation of a thesis defence.
The course is equivalent to 60 ECTS for the curricular part and 180 ECTS for the preparation, realization and presentation of the thesis, which makes a total of 240 ECTS in the following scientific areas:

Scientific Area Compulsory ECTS Optional ECTS
L
Law
225
15

1st year

1st Semester Scientific Area ECTS
L
7.5
L
7.5
D
7.5
L
7.5
L
7.5
OP - Criminal Procedure Law Seminar I
L
7.5
OP - Contract Law Seminar
L
7.5
OP - Theory of Human Rights Seminar
L
7.5
2nd Semester Scientific Area ECTS
L
7.5
L
7.5
L
7.5
OP - Human Rights and Republican Culture Seminar
L
7.5
OP - Criminal Law II Seminar
L
7.5
OP - Criminal Procedure Law Seminar II
L
7.5
OP - Contract Law Seminar
L
7.5
L
7.5

2nd year

Annual Scientific Area ECTS
Thesis
L
60

3rd year

Annual Scientific Area ECTS
Thesis
L
60

4th year

Annual Scientific Area ECTS
Thesis
L
60

Note: The optional CUs available will be defined annually by the Department Direction.

The doctoral students will be integrated into the IJP/ Portucalense Legal Institute, research unit recognized by the Science and Technology Foundation, with the purpose of developing scientific research activities. The doctoral theses will be framed in research projects that are underway by consolidated groups and integrated into R&D units with a body of knowledge production that is internationally recognized in the area of the study programme. IJP's action is in accordance with the purposes of the European Research Area (ERA), assuming itself as a research centre integrated in the scientific community and in the civil society, at national and European level, with the mission of sharing and disseminating scientific knowledge in the fields of Law, Political Science, International Relations and other related areas.

Heinrich Hörster

Coordinator of the Doctorate in Legal Sciences

Maria João Mimoso

Coordinator of the Doctorate in Legal Sciences

DL/ Department of Law

Doctorate in Legal Sciences: Specialisation in Legal - Civilistic Sciences
(dout.cienjurcivilisticas@upt.pt)

1st Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 1st Phase
16th May 2022
8th July 2022
Display of results
Till 15th July 2022
Claims
15th July 2022
20th July 2022
Registrations
21st July 2022
29th July 2022
2nd Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 2nd Phase
1st August 2022
16th September 2022
Display of results
Till 21st September 2022
Claims
22nd September 2022
26th September 2022
Registrations
27th September 2022
30th September 2022
3rd Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 3rd Phase
30th September 2022
21st October 2022
Display of results
Till 25th October 2022
Claims
26th October 2022
28th October 2022
Registrations
31st October 2022
4th November 2022
4th Phase Beginning End
Applications to the 4th Phase
8th November 2022
21st Novemberr 2022
Display of results
Till 28th November 2022
Claims
28th November 2022
29th November 2022
Registrations
29th November 2022
2nd December 2022

The Application Process must be completed with

  1. Application form, duly completed;
  2. Documents proving that the candidate meets the conditions for candidacy;
  3. Originals or certified copies;
  4. Detailed and updated Curriculum Vitae;
  5. Identification document
    Up-to-date colour photograph;
  6. Other documents indicated in the regulations of the course to which the applicant is applying;
  7. Other documents that the candidate considers useful (namely a Letter of Motivation/Intent - draft for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Counselling - and also required for the Doctorate in Business Administration). Motivation/Intent Letter - draft concerning the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Counselling - and also required by the Doctorate in Business Science).

This year with the novelty of awarding three scholarships of tuition fee exemption to the candidates with the best absolute merit in the following criteria (see Rules of the study cycle):

  • Academic qualifications
  • Scientific production
  • Professional experience 
    Motivation letter

The scholarship holders will be selected, at the end of the enrolment process, from among the PhD students who have applied and enrolled for the first time.

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