​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 (4 to 11 July 2022) - 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


Anyone who successfully completes one of the study plans of the course may require a Diploma and a Doctoral Certificate. Depending on the Specialty attended, the degree awarded and registered in the documents previously mentioned will have one of the following designations:
- Doctor in Child Studies, Specialty of Artistic Education
- Doctor in Child Studies, Specialty of Special Education
- Doctor in Child Studies, Specialty of Physical Education and Child Health
- Doctor in Child Studies, Specialty of Childhood, Culture and Society
- Doctor in Child Studies, Specialty of Childhood, Development and Learning

Access to higher education

The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level.






Access forms

Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the Institute of Education  of the University of Minho. 

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

Formal requirements

May apply to the PhD program:
a) holders of Master's degree in Child Studies or related area.
b) other holders of Master's degree.
c) the holders of licenciate degree with relevant academic or scientific curriculum, attestting capacity for PhD degree in Child Studies, preceding curricular assessment by the Scientific Council;
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Application deadlines

Registration deadlines

Aditional Information

Study Plan


A3ES Accreditation status:
Resolution publication date:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2401/2011/AL02
Registry Date:
Accreditation validity: