​T​he cycle of studies leading to the doctoral degree in Child Studies has the duration of 3 years (full-time schedule), which corresponds to 180 ECTS. This cycle of studies is primarily aimed at th​e 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: one curricular component that combines course units common to the various doctoral specialities, each possessing specific course units, and with transversal course units; the development of an original and especially designed thesis for this purpose, appropriate to the knowledge branch and doctoral speciality.​

APPLICATIONS (until 3 june 2023) - with curricular component




Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
6 curricular semesters
Gualtar Campus, Braga (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Child Studies


    Institute of Education
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710-057 Braga

    Tel: +351 253604240 Fax: +351 253604659
    E-Mail: cpedagogico@ie.uminho.pt
    URL: http://www.ie.uminho.pt


The course promotes the production of advanced knowledge with a focus on a training profile centered on the capacity for epistemological and methodological reflection around childhood, considering the child as an object of analysis, as well as the adults who interact with them in different contexts. All contexts where children experience their childhood are considered relevant, including educational contexts, both formal and non-formal; protection contexts, such as the Children and Youth Protection Commissions (CPCJ) and children and youth reception institutions. The course ensures the development of transformative intervention skills in such contexts, involving advanced knowledge of paradigms, theories, and conceptual frameworks that characterize the area of child studies, as well as the design and development of research projects, observing rigorous ethical standards and critically responding to educational, social, and political challenges.

Key learning outcomes

1. Develop high-level R&D skills in the field of Child Studies.
2. Understand conceptual and methodological frameworks in the field of Child Studies, based on an original, relevant, and socially relevant research object.
3. Design an innovative research project suitable for the nature of Child Studies in the context of training highly qualified professionals.
4. Analyze issues related to the individual and social conditions of life and learning of children, in the areas of physical, psychological, socio-motor, social and moral development, educational intervention, institutional action, cultural and artistic practices, and public policies.
5. Interpret contemporary scientific-technological, cultural, social, educational, economic, and political issues, demonstrating openness to diverse areas of knowledge and building a critical view of knowledge and reality.
6. Develop investigative, ethical, and training skills to disseminate research results in the academic community and society.

Access to higher education

Doctorates are eligible to access post-doctoral programs, particularly in the field of Child Studies and related areas.


Applied research in different intervention contexts with children; coordination of projects and activities in the areas of education and psychosocial intervention that ensure the development, learning, well-being, and valorization of children's rights; scientific advice to institutions, programs, and projects.






Access forms

Admission to this study program is done by submitting an application to the Institute of Education of the University of Minho. The online application (www.ie.uminho.pt) requires the attachment of the following documents: detailed Curriculum Vitae; copies of academic certificates; research topic, with a formulation of the research intentions; indication of the branch and specialization being applied for. 

This information does not replace consultation of the Academic Regulations of the University of Minho and other official documents.

The language of the course is the Portuguese.

Formal requirements

Could apply for the PhD in Child Studies:
1. holders of a degree and a master's degree in the areas defined by the Scientific Council for each of the specialties.
2. holders of a degree who hold a particularly relevant school or scientific curriculum, recognized by the Scientific Council of IE as attesting their ability to carry out this cycle of studies.
3. holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Council of IE as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
4. In addition to the aforementioned admission criteria, candidates must, under exclusion, be fluent, oral and written, in Portuguese or English.

Application deadlines

Registration deadlines

Aditional Information

Study Plan

Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 30
S1 Advanced Topics on Arts Education EduA 10
S1 Advanced Topics on Research Methodology in Child Studies MIEC 10
S1 Foundations and Research Practices in Child Studies MIEC 5
S1 Thesis Project on Arts Education EduA 5
Year 1 2 3 150
TA Thesis EduA 150


A3ES Accreditation status:
Conditionally accredited
Resolution publication date:
A3ES submited report:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2401/2011/AL03
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