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 Programme 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 suffcient individualised attention and supervision.

OBJECTIVES

The main goal of the Programme is to provide advanced training to promote state-of-the-art academic research. In the process, the programme prepares the next generation of highly-qualified legal professionals to enter the market ready to face the challenges of our time and to pursue a career in academia. As well as fostering knowledge creation across all legal disciplines, the programme encourages an interdisciplinary and international approach to legal studies. It familiarises candidates with new technologies and research techniques, promotes team-based research and collaboration in all fields of the law, and creates networking opportunities with other national and international academic institutions.

REQUIREMENTS

a) A master’s degree or equivalent;
b) Candidates with especially relevant academic, research or professional experience adjudged by the Scientific Council to be equivalent in merit to a master’s degree.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates are assessed and ranked on the basis of merit, in terms of the following criteria:
a) Academic qualifications (50%);
b) Research output (publications, other research output and proven research experience) (20%);
c) Relevant professional experience (15%);
d) Motivation letter/ Work plan to be developed (15%).

Curricular Plan

Mandatory OB
Optional OP

Coordenadores

Mariana França Gouveia

Mariana França Gouveia
Margarida Lima Rego

Margarida Lima Rego

LENGHT 8 SEMESTERS

240 ECTS

 

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH.

ENTRIES

20 places

 

APPLICATIONS

DEADLINES

  • Submission of applications …………………………………………. from 16 March to 30 April;
  • Announcement of application results ………………………………………………………..22 April;
  • Submission of appeal against results ………………………………………. from 22 to 30 April;
  • Enrolment ……………………………………………………………………………. from 5 to 12 June;

 

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.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA
Candidates shall be selected on the basis of their merit, having regard to the following parameters and respective weight:

  • Academic curriculum vitae (50%);
  • Scientific curriculum vitae (publications, other scientific output indicators and proven research experience and proven research experience) (20%);
  • Relevant professional curriculum vitae (15%);
  • Motivation letter/ Work plan to be developed (15%).

 

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS (ONLINE):

  • Completion of the application form (online);
  • Payment of the application fee using the ATM or Paypal reference provided through the submission procedure (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);

 

Applications omitting the documents requested or where the application fee has not been paid will be dismissed.

 

Applications from march 16th to april 30th here

FEES*

  • Application fee …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 51,00€
  • Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year) …………………………………. 35,00€
  • School insurance (each year) ………………………………………………………………………………… 3,00€
  • 1st and 2nd semester ………………………………………………………………… 1800,00€ (per semester)
  • From the 3rd semester ……………………………………………………………… 1000,00€ (per semester)

 

 

*Tuition fees are subject to approval of the General Council of NOVA University, Lisbon.

 

*Consult the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

 

The application fee is to be paid by ATM or Paypal. The reference will be given online upon submission of the application form.

 

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. The payment in instalments is allowed for the students’ mere convenience.

 

In the case of withdrawal from the course, the amounts already paid are not refundable. The remaining tuition fee payments due for the academic year to which the application relates must also be paid.

 

MERIT SCHOOLARSHIPS:

  • Students whose final average admission to this PhD is equal to or higher than 18 points ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.
  • Students whose final average admission to this PhD is equal to or higher than 17 points ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.

 

*Discount on the annual fee, within the degree’s stipulated time limit (two semesters on the curricular phase and six semesters on the non-curricular phase.

* Discounts are not applied to international students. Discounts not applicable to fees financed by FCT (or equivalent).

 

ALUMNI DISCOUNT:
Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at FDUNL benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee, in addition to the financial discount.

 

 

FINANCIAL DISCOUNT:

  • Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid;
  • Students who choose to pay tuition fees in two annual payments receive a 2.5% discount on the amount to be paid.

 

 

CURRENT PROTOCOL DISCOUNTS:
Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

 

  • Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union
  • Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.

 

* Discount on the annual fee is only provided if the degree is completed within the stipulated time limit.

* Discounts are applied on the final payment of the tuition fee.

 

 

TUITION FEES, EMOLUMENTS/CHARGES AND TAXES

National and International Students

 

Annual fee of the curricular phase: 3.600,00 €

 

 

Instalments

 

Amount €

 

Payment deadline

 

1.st payment

 

900,00€

 

Upon registration/enrolment

 

2.nd payment

 

900,00€

 

From 1 to 10 January 2020

 

3.rd payment

 

900,00€

 

From 1 to 10 April 2020

 

4.th payment

 

900,000€

 

From 1 to 10 June 2021

 

Tuition fees are annual and are due in full upon enrollment in the course. 

 

Annual fee of the non-curricular phase (from the 3rd semester): 2.000,00 €                            

 

 

Instalments

 

Amount €

 

Payment deadline

 

1.st payment

 

500,00€

Upon registration/enrolment
 

2.nd payment

 

500,00€

From 1 to 10 January 2021
 

3.rd payment

 

500,00€

 

From 1 to 10 April 2021

 

4.ª payment

 

500,00€

From 1 to 10 June 2021

 

 

The course has a total duration of 8 semesters and the total cost of the course is € 9,600, subject to change according to the approval of the UNL General Council

 

Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

 

The presented table is the one currently in use. The publication of the national table of fees and charges of academic acts and services of public university education and polytechnic higher education is still awaited, so it may change at any time.

 

 

Designation

 

Amount €

 

Payment Deadline

 

Administrative costs per enrollment/registration

 

35,00€

Upon registration/enrollment
 

School Insurance

 

3,00€

Upon registration/enrollment
 

Registration Certificate

 

6,00€

At time of the request

Payments must be made at ATM or PayPal using the references available at Netpa (student area). Failure on tuition fees payment within the indicated periods may imply an increase charge in the amount to be paid or the suspension of registration and enrollment, as well as the nullity of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED BY THE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (FCT)

Our Law School’s 3rd Study Cycle was awarded the status of FCT PhD Programme by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (“FCT”).

We will have five PhD Scholarships designed for all students already admitted to and enrolled in this Law School’s PhD Programme in any edition of NOVA School of Law’s PhD Programme in Law or students to admit for the 2020/2021 edition of our Programme.

Testemunhos

Maria Beatriz Brito

Maria Beatriz Brito

NOVA School of Law PhD Student, Lawyer at CMVM, Researcher at CEDIS

The PhD Programme in Law at NOVA School of law has a very innovative, international and practical approach and gave me the opportunity to sharpen my academic thinking in a broad range of legal aspects. On top of that, the programme has been highly complementary to my path as a Lawyer. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of the NOVA School of law community of doctoral students and I wouldn´t recommend any other programme. 

Miguel de Azevedo Moura

Miguel de Azevedo Moura

Assistant Professor, NOVA School of Law. Legal Consultant

NOVA School of Law’s PhD Program has exceeded all my expectations: the sharing of ideas with colleagues from different nationalities and with different interests, the possibility to become a member of a high-quality I&D Centre, the free access to almost unlimited sources, the feeling of permanent companionship by the Law Faculty and by its Professors are some of the main points that are worth highlighting.