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Doctorates - General Information and Tuition Fees

How do doctoral programmes work and what is their duration at the University of Porto? How much do you have to pay in order to attend a course at U.Porto? Find out the answers below.

General Information and Tuition Fees for Doctoral Programmes at U.Porto

How do they work?

Doctoral Programmes at U.Porto have a duration of between six and eight semesters (3 or 4 years), which corresponds to 180 or 240 ECTS credits, respectively.

This study cycle includes the production of an original thesis, suitable to the field of knowledge or expertise, as well as participation in course units dedicated to research training (doctoral course).

The Doctorate degree is awarded to students who have successfully defended a doctoral thesis.

For more information, consult the University of Porto’s General Regulation of Third Study Cycles (Doctoral Programmes).

Note that each course also has its own regulation.

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General Information and Tuition Fees for Doctoral Programmes at U.Porto

How much do they cost?

Attending a 3rd cycle course (doctoral programme) at U.Porto is subject to payment of a tuition fee / annual charge.

The indicative value of the annual fee for the 2023/2024 academic year for Doctoral Programmes at U.Porto is 2.750 euros (+1.95 euros for school insurance) for National Students and/or equivalent.

If you have International Student Status, note that the value of the tuition fee / annual charge is set by each U.Porto Faculty, according to the real cost of the course. In these cases, students from countries that are part of CPLP – Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor) may benefit from a reduction in fees up to 45%.

To learn more about the exact values for each course, see our List of courses.

For more information (deadlines, payment conditions, etc.), please refer to the Tuition Fees Regulation of U.Porto, or contact the academic services of the faculty you wish to attend.

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