The cycle of studies leading to the doctoral degree in Educational Sciences has the duration of 3 years (full-time schedule), which corresponds to 180 ECTS. This cycle of Studies is primarily aimed at the development of: systematic understanding capabilities in a scientific field of study; research competencies, skills and methods associated with a scientific field; the ability to conceive, design, adapt and perform significant research, respecting the requirements imposed by the academic standards for quality and integrity. This cycle of studies includes the development of an original and especially designed thesis for this purpose, appropriate to the knowledge branch and doctoral speciality. Although there is no mandatory curriculum component, doctoral students may be advised to do some course units, selected according to the applicant's training and research work to be developed.
This Doctorate includes the following specialities:
- Curriculum Development;
- Education for Environment and Sustainability;
- Science Education;
- History and Social Science Education;
- Foreign Language Education;
- Mathematics Education;
- Philosophy of Education;
- History of Education;
- Literacy and Portuguese Teaching;
- School Organisation and Administration;
- Educational Policy;
- Educational Psychology;
- Sociology of Education;
- Pedagogical Supervision;
- Educational Technology.
The Doctorate in Educational Sciences is relevant for career development purposes in accordance with Article 54 of the Decree-Law No. 75/2010 of 23 June (Regulations governing the Early Childhood and Elementary and Secondary Education Teaching Career).