Applications for 2023/2024




Early Bird

  • Applications: February 1 to March 14 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: March 28
  • Registration: March 29 to April 5

1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: March 29 to May 2 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: May 16
  • Registration: May 17 to 24
  • Applications: May 17 to June 20 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: July 4
  • Registration: July 5 to 12


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 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. *

  • Identification Document (Passport or ID card);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Motivation Letter (max. 2 pages);
  • University Transcripts of Records confirming academic qualifications (English or Portuguese). For application purposes we do not require a formal certificate from your school, but we do require a non-official document with all the courses you have attended and respective grades [you may extract this information from your students’ personal webpage].

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.

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


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 Zoom). This step is not mandatory but may be requested by the Doctoral Program Coordinator.

Step 4 - Final decision

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



Admissions Office - PhD


Phone: (+351) 217 214 281