48 months
2425 EUR/year
2425 EUR/year
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The Law programme at Universidade Nova de Lisboa is a four-year programme leading to a PhD degree in law. The Programme comprises a taught component (over three semesters) where advanced legal studies are carried out with an interdisciplinary focus.

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About the Programme

This period also provides training in research methodologies and other complementary skills. Towards the end of the taught component of the Programme, candidates must prepare and publicly defend their thesis project. During the remaining part of the Programme (comprising five further semesters), candidates must complete their research under the guidance of their supervisor, culminating in the preparation and defence of their doctoral thesis. The Programme is internationally oriented. Its main language of instruction is English.

In 2014, FCT, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (the national funding agency for science, research and technology) awarded the NOVA School of Law Third Cycle Programme the prestigious FCT PhD programme status. It is thus far the only public higher education institution to have been bestowed with this distinction in the field of legal studies. FCT’s generous funding of this Programme has allowed NOVA School of Law to award over 50 research grants to some of its most talented doctoral students. Year upon year, we attract a talented, multicultural cohort of candidates from all corners of the world. This funding also allows a good portion of our annual student intake to carry out their research full-time. This has proved to be an essential element in the creation of a vibrant and close-knit community of doctoral students, who are active in many of NOVA Law School’s research initiatives.

The Law programme at Universidade Nova de Lisboa admits 20 doctoral candidates each academic year. Numbers are low and therefore admission into the Programme is highly competitive, as NOVA School of Law seeks to ensure that every doctoral candidate is afforded sufficient individualised attention and supervision.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law & Society (Legal History/ Sociology/ Anthropology/ Legal Theory)
  • Methodologies of Legal Analysis (Research Methodology Strategies/ Law, Science, and Technology/ Law & Economics)
  • Procedural Law (International Arbitration)
  • Criminal Law (The Europeanisation of Criminal Justice)
  • International Law (Cooperation/ Interdependence/ Globalization/ Human Rights)
  • European Law (EU Constitutionalism)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Holders of a master’s degree or legal equivalent
  • Holders of a specially relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Board as denoting equivalent capabilities to those holding a master’s degree
  • Minimum knowledge of the English language equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Completion of the application form (online)
  • Payment of the application fee (51.00€)
  • Online submission of the following documents: curriculum vitae; motivation letter (maximum 300 words); copy of the course(s) certificate(s); copy of the citizen or other identification card; digital copies of scientific papers deemed relevant to the application; certificates of proficiency in English (if available)
  • During the application, candidates must submit a request for accreditation of academic qualifications and professional experience obtained before entering the study cycle

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2425 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 EUR for the full programme during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2425 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 EUR for the full programme during 48 months.
  • Tuition Fee for the taught component - National & International Student: 3700.00€
  • Tuition Fee for the Non-curricular phase - National & International Student: 2000.00€ (from the third semester)

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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