The PhD in Communication Sciences was designed after careful analysis of the best programmes offered abroad, based on a solid balance between the deepening of research in a specific area of the communication sciences and the interdisciplinary openness typical of this academic level. Two compulsory curricular units in the first semester fulfil the requirements of promoting an interdisciplinary environment and developing methodological skills. The remaining curricular units fulfil the speciality requirement that the PhD student will have already identified as the object of his/her research.

An essential part of the course consists in the preparation of a Final Paper, when the student presents a preliminary version of his/her doctoral thesis project. Each PhD student will have a tutor who will support them in their thematic and methodological choices, and in the preparation of the Final Paper.


The PhD in Communication Sciences aims to:

  • deepen the knowledge of contents particular to this field of research;
  • provide methodological tools for research;
  • lead to the preparation of a PhD doctoral thesis

Areas Of expertise

Minors in:

  • Cinema and Television
  • Science Communication
  • Strategic Communication
  • Communication and Arts
  • Communication and Social Sciences
  • Communication and Language
  • Contemporary Culture and New Technologies
  • Argumentation Studies
  • Media and Journalism Studies
  • Performance Languages
  • Communication Theory

Curricular structure

Duration: 8 semesters  ECTS: 60 (curricular part) + 180 (doctoral thesis)

The compulsory curricular units and the Specialty Seminar provide the framework for the student's research until the completion of the Final Paper. 10 of the 60 curricular ECTS correspond to a free-choice seminar that can be chosen from any of the 3rd cycle courses on offer at NOVA FCSH. 

Methodologies: exposition and discussion of themes based on the analysis of texts, primary sources and critical bibliography, in order to encourage the introduction of cases and perspectives on the relationship between the foundational texts and their current manifestations.

Themes: construction of multidisciplinary knowledge centred primarily on the themes contained in the course's specialities. Several teachers responsible for the speciality areas and also course tutors will take part in this seminar.

Specialty Seminar: dedicated to the preparation of the Final Paper, supported by the tutor.