PhD in Law and Security

Ensuring democracy


Law and Security represent an emerging scientific area in Portugal, reflecting the multidisciplinary and diverse nature of knowledge most relevant to the current context, both national and international, in which a Culture of Security is essential to the affirmation of the Democratic Rule of Law.

The present 3rd Cycle of Law Studies corresponds to the consolidation of an already significant teaching and research experience, not only in the Master in Law and Security, but also in the work developed within the scope of CEDIS – Center for Research & Development in Law and Society of the Faculty of Law of the NOVA University of Lisbon, with the collaboration of the Institute of Law and Security.

The PhD in Law and Security integrates two phases: the completion of a PhD course (90 ECTS) and the preparation of an original thesis (150 ECTS), designed specifically to obtain the degree of Doctor in Law and Security.


Armando Marques Guedes

Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto

Scientific Commission

President: Armando Marques Guedes | Board Members: Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto (non-taught component) | Felipe Pathé Duarte (taught component)


The first two semesters of this cycle are organized around the acquisition of skills and knowledge in this area in order to enable solid investigation, framed according to the theoretical problems of the disciplines structuring the course.

The curricular units that are proposed are composed of seminars focused on themes that are considered relevant to the training of students, ensuring the flexibility in specific themes to be addressed. During this 1st year, the curricular units focus on what we call the hard theoretical core of the course.

The remaining 6 semesters will be fully dedicated to research leading to the doctoral thesis. These 6 semesters provide adequate time for  the research, which is allocated according to  the availability of research centers and consultation materials.

The 8 semesters that make up this cycle are designed for full-time and face-to-face students.


Study Cycle


A3ES Decision

Number of Years

Publication of the A3ES decision

DGES registration number

Publication in Diário da República

Law and Security




R/A -Cr -132/2013

Regulation No 384/2013 of 8 October 2013

Code of Good Practices

Tuition Fees, Emoluments/Charges and Taxes Fees

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

  •  Application fee: 51.00€
  • Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year): 35.00€
  • School insurance (each year): 3.00€
  • 1st and 2nd semester: 1,800.00€ (per semester)
  • From the 3rd semester: 1,000.00€ (per semester)

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 Scholarship

  • 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 degrees stipulated time limit (two semesters on the taught component and six semesters on the research component).

* 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, masters and doctoral) with a degree already completed at NOVA School of Law 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.

National and International Students

Annual fee for the curricular phase: 3,600.00 €


Amount €

Payment deadline payment


Upon registration/enrolment

2.nd payment


From 1 to 10 January  2020

3.rd payment


From 1 to 10 April  2020 payment


From 1 to 10 June 2021

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

Annual fee for the non-curricular phase (from the 3rd semester): 2,000.00 €                            


Amount €

Payment deadline payment


Upon registration/enrolment

2.nd payment


From 1 to 10 January 2021

3.rd payment


From 1 to 10 April 2021 payment


From 1 to 10 June 2021

The course has a total duration of 8 semesters and the total cost of the course is € 9,600.00 subject to change according to the approval of the UNL General Council’.


Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

The charges presented in the table below are currently applicable. 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, and consequently charges may change at any time.


Amount €

Payment Deadline

Administrative costs per enrolment/registration 


Upon registration/enrolment

School Insurance


Upon registration/enrolment

Registration Certificate


At time of the request

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



From the 2021/22 academic year onwards, the Law and Security specialty has been included in the PhD in Law. Those interested in a PhD in this area should apply to the PhD in Law.