Applications for 2022/2023


Early Bird

  • Applications: February 1 to March 18 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: April 4
  • Registration: April 5 to 13

1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: April 5 to May 6 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: May 23
  • Registration: May 24 to June 2
  • Applications: May 24 to June 29 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: July 14
  • Registration: July 15 to 23


Admission Requirements

The following are eligible to apply to the Translation Studies Doctoral Degree Program:

  • Holders of a Master’s degree or legal equivalent in any area of studies;
  • Holders of an Undergraduate degree or legal equivalent, with a minimum average of 16/20, who display a particularly relevant academic or scientific CV that is recognized as attesting to the ability to undertake this study cycle;
  • Holders of a particularly relevant academic, professional or scientific CV that is recognised as attesting to the ability to undertake this study cycle.

Selection and Ranking Criteria

Candidates to the study cycle awarding the title of Doctor in Translation Studies will be selected by the Scientific Committee, through the assessment of the documents required by the application regulations, as well as an interview, with the agreement of the designated competent bodies of the educational institution to which they are seeking admission.

The PhD Program in Translation Studies welcomes candidates from around the world who are proficient in spoken and written Portuguese and English, who hold a Master’s degree and are interested in becoming qualified researchers in both Translation Studies and intercultural and inter-lingual Communication Studies.

Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences and who are proficient in at least two languages. However, candidates from other disciplinary areas may be admitted, provided they meet the basic requirements. Previous graduate work or completion of an MA is also not mandatory but highly recommended.

Candidates who hold a Master’s degree:

  • Master’s academic classification/grades: 40%
  • Academic, scientific and professional CV: 20%
  • Interview: 20%
  • Preliminary project and motivation letter explaining reasons for undertaking the doctoral program: 20%.

Candidates who do not hold a Master’s degree (or who hold a Master’s degree without stated classification):

  • Undergraduate degree classification/grades: 30%
  • Academic, scientific and professional CV: 30%
  • Interview: 20%
  • Preliminary project and motivation letter explaining reasons for continuing studies: 20%.

The minimum allowed classification resulting from the application of the previous criteria and weightings is 14/20.


Required Documentation  

  • Identification Document (National ID card or Passport);
  • Documents proving that the applicant meets the above-stated requirements;
  • Updated CV, including publications or duly documented academic papers;
  • Motivation letter (minimum 2000 characters);
  • Preliminary project (topic, objectives, short description of the object of study and methodology, bibliography) (minimum 5000 characters);
  • Other diplomas or certificates considered useful to the application may also be included.

Note: Original copies of the required documents will be requested upon registration.


Application Process

Step 1 - Start your application online

Choose the programs you wish to apply for in our platform. Upload the required documents. *

An original or an authenticated copy of Master Diploma/Certificate must be presented to the University services upon registration.

* Please note that all documents must be submitted in PDF format.


Step 2 - Pay the application fee

After you have filled your application and uploaded the required documents, you will need to pay the non-refundable application fee. Please note that your application will not be considered completed until the application fee is settled.

Step 3 - Additional information

After the application, 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 Selection Jury.

Step 4 - Final decision

The Selection Committee reviews your application and makes a final decision.

Please note that:

  • the Selection Committee decision is final and conclusive;
  • regardless of the outcome of your application, you will receive a personalized e-mail, which will mention your name, as well as the final decision of the committee;
  • If accepted to the program, the personalized email will also contain information regarding registration.
  • Students are not allowed to apply more than once per Intake (double applications will not be considered and related application fees will not be refunded).​




Admissions Office - PhD


Phone: (+351) 217 214 281