Ph.D. On Campus

Development Studies

ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management

36 months
3000 EUR/year
3000 EUR/year
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Development Studies from ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management aims to provide high quality training and produce original research on the processes of economic, socio-ecological and political transformation, including a focus on the urban-rural dimension of development.


Development Studies from ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management engages with the major challenges of development from a richer disciplinary perspective, including: theories of development and modernity, the policy and politics of development, sustainability transitions and a focus on urban-rural development. The programme places the idea of development in the 21st century against the backdrop of the Anthropocene (the age when humans reach the power to affect their planet), and thus of a series of crises and challenges that demand a fundamental questioning of the paradigm of endless growth, and the exploration of innovative paths for development. 


Anyone interested in obtaining advanced academic training and doing research with a view to working in jobs related to international and national development in the public sector, the private sector, or the non-profit sector.

Out-going students can find employment in teaching and research posts, managerial and executive positions in international and national organisations, consultancy, training, research projects, journalism, planning, development projects, public policy planning and evaluation, and social projects and social policies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Modernity and Development
  • Development in Transition
  • Research Methods in Development Studies
  • Development Policy and Politics 
  • Research Essay 
  • Topics in Development Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 1st Call: 14th December to the 11th February
  • 2nd Call: 12th March to the 13th May 
  • 3rd Call: 14th May to the 2nd July 





180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Anyone holding a Masters degree in the areas of Economics, Management, Law, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, International Relations, History, Anthropology, or any other area deemed appropriate.

Students who obtained a GPA of 16 or more (out of 20) or, in special circumstances, students whose GPA is lower than 16 but have demonstrated appropriate academic training or professional experience may also apply.The PhD's Scientific Committee will choose candidates on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Masters and respective final grade;
  • First degree and respective final grade;
  • Academic and relevant professional experience;
  • Research proposal.
  • Identification document;
  • Photography
  • Master's degree or equivalent academic degree certificate;
  • School, scientific and / or professional curriculum;
  • Supporting documents mentioned in the curriculum;
  • Letter of interest;
  • Research project;
  • Recommendation letters (2);

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • €2,000 - 2nd – 3rd Years; 
  • €1,000 - 4th - 6th Years

Living costs for Lisbon

630 - 1123 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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