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

Applicants are required to hold an MSc. Degree in any domain in Psychology, or an MSc. in Biology or Medicine relevant in Psychobiology (e.g. Psychiatry, Neuroscience). Other Master level degrees may be considered upon analysis of the relevance of the cv and project.

Language requirements:

Candidates should demonstrate that they have a high level of fluency and command of English (preferred minimum C1). The interview with the admissions committee will also be in English.


Documents required for the application

  • Identification document (Passport or ID card);
  • 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;
  • Project proposal: this is a preliminary proposal for a research project (a research you would like to conduct) and should be short and concise with a maximum of 3000 words (3-4 pages). For further guidelines you may check with the program director Professor Francisco Esteves.

You might want to consider relating your research proposal to ongoing projects at our New Experimental Psychology Lab. Check the Lab and its projects here.

  • ​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).


Guidelines for your Project proposal submission:

The application includes the submission of a project complying with the following requirements:

  • Abstract (max 150 words)
  • State of the art (present situation, in scientific terms, of the Project research area, max 500 words)
  • Aim (max 300 words)
  • Detailed Description (Development of the Project with detailed information allowing the evaluation by the Scientific Committee, max 1000 words)
  • References (max 20 references)


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);
  • Project proposal;
  • 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 may be requested by the Selection Committee.

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