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Economics (lectured in English), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
The Ph.D. in Economics aims to provide advanced capabilities in Economic Theory and Quantitative Methods, leading to a deeper understanding of the various specialised areas of Economics and developing skills for economic analysis and scientific research. The programme structure is designed to ensure that students acquire thorough knowledge to develop economic research.


The Ph.D. Programme is a four-year, full-time programme. The first three semesters are devoted to coursework; the remaining semesters are devoted to the preparation of the Ph.D. dissertation.

The selected cohorts of students that enroll the Programme each year receive training within a stimulating research environment.

The Programme is hosted by the Center for Economics and Finance at the U. Porto (cef.up), the leading research unit of the Faculty of Economics of University of Porto (FEP-UP), which sponsors several courses and seminars over the academic year. Research papers are presented by visiting scholars, by Department faculty, and by graduate students. Seminar attendance is an integral part of the Ph.D. programme, as it provides students with knowledge about current research in their areas of interest, as well as the acquaintance with researchers in such areas. Presentation of their research results allows students to acquire key academic abilities and to obtain timely feedback from scholars and colleagues on their theses.

The Dual Degree agreement with the University of Milan and Pavia allows FEP doctoral students in Economics to complete a doctoral programme obtaining two degrees (the agreement is being renegotiated). 


U.Porto, FEP and FEP programmes are highly ranked according to several appraisal organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications from  January 2  to  March 1, 2019
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS

    Dual Degree with the Lombardy Advanced School of Economic Research (LASER)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Computational Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Advanced Economic Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Economics


English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

The Doctoral Programme is aimed at:

  • Holders of Masters degree (or those with the equivalent qualification from foreign countries);
  • Holders of honor degree (or those with the equivalent qualification from foreign countries), and with a relevant curriculum that certifies solid capabilities to pursue the doctoral programme;
  • Holders of a relevant curriculum that certifies solid capabilities to pursue the doctoral programme.

In any situation, the candidates must have a high capacity and will to acquire advanced knowledge in Economics and the motivation to apply this knowledge, with the aid of quantitative tools, to scientific research in Economics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Porto

  • 556 - 870 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


The Scientific Board encourages and supports students who wish to apply for scholarships or other financial support. The main institution responsible for awarding scholarships in Portugal is the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

Under the students’ international mobility protocols established between the University of Porto and several European universities, our doctorate students may apply for scholarship support in order to attend one semester abroad. Students applying for scholarships should seek advice from the Scientific Board on how to fill in the application form.

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