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Doctorates - Applications and Admissions

Doctorates at the University of Porto are the first choice of thousands of students all over the world who are looking for excellent education and cutting-edge research. Learn how to apply.

Combining the best that the University of Porto has to offer in terms of education and research , our 3rd cycle courses (Doctorates) meet the participants' highest academic and professional expectations.

Here you will find the ideal conditions in order to obtain excellent education and develop cutting-edge research in the various fields of knowledge.

Find out what you need to know in order to join us:

Applications and Admission to Doctoral Degrees at the University of Porto


To apply for 3rd cycle courses (Doctoral Programmes) at U.Porto, the candidate should meet one of the following conditions:

  • Hold a master's degree or a legal equivalent in the fields specified by the faculty;
  • Hold a bachelor's degree and a particularly relevant academic career;
  • Have an academic or professional career recognised by the University, which verifies the applicant’s capability to complete the study cycle.


Application procedures (required documents, ranking criteria, available vacancies, etc.) to participate in a U.Porto doctoral programme are established by each faculty. Faculties announce the application procedures in their respective online pages.

For more information, contact the academic services of the faculty you wish to attend.


Every year, each faculty establishes the deadlines for calls for application and enrolment in its doctoral programmes.

For more information, contact the academic services of the faculty you wish to attend.

Additional information

Additional information

The information provided on this page does not replace getting in touch directly with the academic services of the faculty you wish to attend.

For general information, you can also contact the Office for Access to Higher Education (GAES-UP), located in the Rectory building. GAES-UP offers assistance when applying to the Portuguese higher education system by providing information and answering questions from applicants.


Gabinete de Acesso ao Ensino Superior (GAES-UP)

Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto, Portugal

Tel.: (+351) 22 040 82 37
E-mail: [email protected]
WhatsApp (só por mensagem): +351 967 180 416

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