Since the 1980s. the NOVA FCSH and ISCTE-IUL Anthropology Departments have been consolidated and became the two main references for the teaching of anthropology in Portugal.

In the 21st century, their research centres were united with the formation of CRIA (Research Network in Anthropology), to which most of the PhD teaching staff belong - as well as the CEI-IUL (Centre for International Studies), CICS-NOVA (Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Sciences) and IHC (Institute of Contemporary History).

Both doctoral programmes have now come together in the creation of a joint PhD, encouraging cooperation between teachers, researchers and resources from both institutions, with the aim of consolidating a doctoral programme with synergies and scale of international scope and quality.



  • to provide in-depth theoretical, conceptual and methodological elements for the study of Anthropology;
  • to provide students with the conditions for debating fundamental themes appropriate to the level of advanced training;
  • to develop critical thinking skills;
  • to equip students with the skills necessary for research;
  • to enable students to carry out independent work.



  • ability to research independently;
  • competence to debate complex issues by developing the capacity for synthesis;
  • a grasp of the concepts, theories and methodologies inherent in the development of research work in Anthropology;
  • extension of the contributions of anthropology to other areas.
  • ability to present complex intellectual problems clearly and coherently in writing or orally;
  • ability to undertake documental research, fieldwork and write long documents;
  • capacity to understand and relate complex phenomena in different social and geographical contexts.

Curricular structure

Duration: 8 semesters. Total Credits: 240 credits (60 in curricular units + 180 in the non-taught component).

Modalities of non-taught component: Thesis.

The degree of Doctor corresponds to level 8 of the NQF/EQF - National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.



Faculty staff