Questions around communication, its relationships with the social, political, cultural, and economic spheres, have acquired crucial importance in recent decades and driving a highly significant expansion in the interest and relevance of research undertaken in the field of the Communication Sciences.
In parallel, changes in interpersonal, intergroup, and public communications practices, which have come to impact on contemporary societies, have driven the still greater relevance of educating and training highly qualified specialists able to develop fundamental and applied research projects correspondingly able to reply to the different communications challenges prevailing and expanding our knowledge about communication across its most diverse and different facets.
The Doctoral Degree Program in Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Human Sciences seeks to endow students with the competencies and the tools necessary to the development of research projects incorporating the highest scientific standards and advanced levels of ethical significance. In addition to mastering the different theoretical trends and methodological tools, doctoral students also deepen their capacities for analysis and the critical interpretation of different communicational phenomena. The Program offers up to 4 full fellowships funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
The studies advanced on the Communication Sciences Doctoral Degree Program are structured in accordance with the scientific activities ongoing at CECC – the Center for Communication and Culture Studies, duly recognised at the national and international levels as an innovative research hub at the intersection between the communication sciences and cultural studies. CECC was assessed as a center of excellence in the last evaluation by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) performed in 2019.
Over the last decade, with its highly qualified teaching staff, the FCH Doctoral Degree in Communication Sciences has seen its numerous graduates take up positions dedicated to research in various universities as well as senior-level roles in different companies and organisations. The program displays a truly international profile with doctoral degree students gaining access to the most diverse events on an international scale run by both the FCH and CECC, namely the Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication, organized in partnership with the Center for Media@Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania), the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Helsinki.
The Doctoral Program in Communication Studies enables specialization in the following fields:
Audiences and Reception Studies
Gaming and Interactive Environments
Media History and Memory
Organizational and Strategic Communication
Communication and Marketing
Radio and Sound Media
Why Católica-Human Sciences Masters?
Seeking to prepare competent and integral professionals, the Católica-Human Sciences Master's Degree students may draw upon a vast reputation and track record duly reflected in the high levels of employability of its students. Three of our MA Programs are ranked among the very best in the world in the fields of Arts Management, Communication Sciences, and Marketing.
With curricular options emerging from the vanguard of scientific research while tailored to the realities of the business world, the Faculty of Human Sciences presents a solid and diversified range of Master’s Degree programs.
The Católica-Human Sciences programs also draw upon a highly qualified teaching staff, including renowned international speakers with internationalization further encouraged through student exchanges and inclusion into European research networks.
Our Master’s Degrees constitute specialist options of excellence, preparing students to develop the reflective thinking necessary to becoming high-quality professionals, with ethical training, and under the care of high-profile researchers and professors.
Additionally, Católica-Human Sciences students gain access to a very broad range of partnerships and internships for the benefit of their curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Ph.D. students in Communication Studies may apply for scholarships funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and partner institutions of the Doctoral Program.
FCT annually finances up to 3 scholarships for Ph.D. students of the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies. All candidates to the Doctoral Program are eligible to apply to these scholarships. The announcement of the results is made before the start of the first semester. To know more about FCT’s scholarships visit the website.
The FCH / Rádio Renascença Doctoral Scholarship consists of funding of € 5,000 awarded annually to subsidize the fees of a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies who aims to develop research in the field of media studies.
Other grants will be announced shortly.
Holders of Master’s Degrees in Communication Studies or other fields with the social sciences and humanities.
Program progression spans three core moments:
Completion of the curricular component with an average grade of 14 in 20;
Submission to the program coordination of a thesis project accompanied by an opinion from the planned supervisor in the second year of study;
The approval of the proposed thesis following its public presentation and discussion before a jury made up of three members of the Doctoral Degree in Communication Studies teaching staff, chaired by the coordinator.
Only after project approval does the doctoral degree student advance with the definitive registration of the thesis theme. The thesis is to be delivered by the end of the 6th semester following the date of beginning of the Doctoral Degree Program in Communication Studies. This deadline may be extended by students, following due consideration by the program coordination, for a period of up to two academic years. Candidates who fail to gain approval for the doctoral degree project but with the taught curriculum component completed may then opt to complete their studies and receive a certificate of advanced communication studies.
Furthermore, candidates lacking a Master’s Degree will be required to undertake complementary admissions procedures as stipulated by Art. 9 of the UCP Doctoral Degree Regulations.
Documents required for the application
Curriculum Vitae in Portuguese or English;
University Transcripts of Records - Original documents should be presented upon registration;
Motivation Letter (2 pages max.) - the motivation letter should introduce you to the selection committee, explain why you have chosen this program and why you would be a good fit;
Identification document (Passport or ID card);
Payment of the non-refundable application fee;
1 passport size photo - upon registration;
Vaccination record (tetanus vaccine updated) - upon registration.
Note: Besides those mentioned above, any other documents that Applicants find relevant to their application may be included.
Note: All Degrees earned abroad, Transcripts, and Certificates must be duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French or Spanish).
Juridical specialist in media law and an international expert on media sector public policy. CECC researcher.
“The PhD in Communications Studies was an enriching and enticing experience, enabling me to develop critical reflections on the complex reality of the media within a context of change and globalisation. The level of demand and rigor that I found among the teaching staff, in addition to their availability and effective proximity, ensure I can fully and enthusiastically recommend the PhD Program in Communications Studies at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.”