Applications for 2018/2019

International Candidates

1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: February 1 to April 13
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: April 27
  • Registration: April 30 to May 4
  • Applications: May 2 to July 11
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: July 24
  • Registration: from July 26 to August 1

National Candidates

1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: February 5 to June 6
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: June 14
  • Registration: June 18 and 22
  • Applications: from June 11 to July 20
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: July 24
  • Registration: from July 26 to August 1


Documents required for the application

  • Application form;
  • Curriculum Vitae in 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;

Note: All Degrees earned abroad, Transcripts and Certificates must be authenticated by the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy located in the country where the course was completed or by Consulate and Embassy services of the foreign countries in Portugal or with the Apostille Stamp for any country that is part of the Hague Convention and duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French or Spanish).

  • Identification document (Passport or ID card);
  • 1 passport size photo;
  • Vaccination record (tetanus vaccine updated);
  • Payment of the non-refundable application fee

Note: Besides those mentioned above, any other documents that Applicants find relevant to their application may be included.


Application Process

  1. Send all the required documents and the proof of payment of the non-refundable application fee to and The proof of payment (including the name of the applicant, passport number or NIF, nationality and Master's program applied to) should also be sent to Hugo Brandão
  2. After sending all required documents, an interview will take place with the candidate (interviews with international candidates can be held by skype or telephone). This step is not mandatory but may be requested by the Master’s Coordinator.
  3. Publication of the admissions list.


Payment of application fee

International Candidates: Payment may be made through bank transfer (any bank charges incurred are the responsibility of the Applicant) with the following reference:
     BANK NAME: Millennium BCP
     IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 0000 6812 0200 5

National Candidates: Can pay the application fee through MB – “Pagamento de Serviços”. Please request a reference from


Holders of Master’s Degrees or Undergraduate Degrees with a minimum average grade of 16 in 20 are eligible to apply to the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies.

Candidates may also apply whenever meeting the terms established by Art. 3 of the Doctoral Degree Regulations of UCP – Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

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.


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