PhD in Communication Studies

Program Description

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 competences 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 3 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 Studiesduly recognised at the national and international levels as an innovative research hub at the intersection between the communication sciences and culture 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 and a half, 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 University of Southern California, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Helsinki.

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Nuno Conde

Chief Legal Officer – Impresa & University Professor
“The level of demand and rigor that I found among the teaching staff (…) ensure I can fully and enthusiastically recommend the PhD Program in Communications Studies.”