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Global PhD Programme, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Catholic University of Portugal is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the Global PhD Programme in Law. Admitted candidates receive a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend calculated to cover their living expenses as doctoral students in Lisbon for four years.

The programme

Following a public tender among doctoral programs across disciplines, the Global PhD Programme in Law was selected by an international panel of experts for comprehensive funding by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in Portugal.

Focused on law in a global context and with English as the working language, the degree builds on the success of Católica's LL.M. programmes. A selected group of students are recruited each year from among the world’s brightest to join CGSL as PhD students. Doctoral candidates will gain direct access to the prominent international faculty that teaches at CGSL. 

They will also benefit from an extensive set of exchange agreements and scientific protocols that CGSL has with high-profile law schools and research institutions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. PhD students are encouraged to spend at least one year abroad as visiting fellows at a partner institution and will be funded accordingly.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      8 semesters

  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methodology Seminar
  • Scientific Debate Forum
  • Research Workshop
  • Preparation of the Thesis Proposal
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A basic law degree 
  • A master’s degree in law or, exceptionally, a pre-Bologna bachelor degree coupled with an outstanding academic record.
  • Completion of at least one scholarly text, which may be a master’s thesis or a text of comparable scope.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lisbon

  • 630 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The six admitted candidates will receive a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend calculated to cover their living expenses as doctoral students in Lisbon for four years, as well as expenses related to research stays abroad (6 FCT mixed PhD fellowships).

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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