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School of Economics and Management - University of Porto

Ph.D. On Campus
48 months
6100 EUR/year
2850 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Ph.D. in Economics from University of Porto 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 PhD dissertation.

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

The Economics programme offered by University of Porto 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 PhD programme, as it provides students with knowledge about current research in their areas of interest, as well as 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.

Double degree

Double degree – The PhD in Economics has an agreement with the Universities of Milan / Pavia which allows students to complete the PhD program by obtaining two diplomas.

Student profile

The programme aims at providing students with advanced capabilities in Economic Theory and Quantitative Methods, allowing for a deeper understanding of various specialized areas of Economics and the development of skills for economic analysis and scientific research. Its structure is designed to ensure that the approved theses contribute to the advance of scientific knowledge in the student’s specialization area. 

The programme encourages the submission of research results to publication in accredited scientific journals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates fulfilling the following conditions can submit applications for admission to Doctoral Programme in Economics: 

a) Holders of Master’s degree (or those with equivalent qualification from foreign countries);

b) Holders of Bachelor degree (or those with equivalent qualification from foreign countries), and with a relevant curriculum that certifies solid capabilities to pursue the doctoral course;

c) Holders of a relevant curriculum that certifies solid capabilities to pursue the doctoral course

The selection and ranking of candidates will be made according to the criteria published here:

Work experience

Please check the specific admission requirements for each programme here:

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6100 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.


  • 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.

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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