The PhD in Geography and Territorial Planning is structured in such a way that, at the end of the course, the student will:

  • master the theoretical and methodological foundations in Geography and Territorial Planning;
  • be able to articulate the theory of complex spatial systems with the resolution of problems in the fields of Environment, Development and Territorial Planning;
  • have the ability to develop critical thinking, research work and original applications in their respective areas of specialisation;
  • be able to train researchers, lead teams and manage research programmes in the areas of specialisation;
  • have demonstrated ability to develop spatial analysis and simulation models in Geography and Territorial Planning, using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems;
  • have acquired the ability to design studies and projects in the areas of specialization of the course, in an integrated perspective of Territorial Management.
  • be able to propose systems for evaluating the scientific and technical quality of studies and projects in the areas of specialisation;
  • have acquired the ability to communicate knowledge and know-how in the fields of Geography and Territorial Planning to different audiences.

Areas Of expertise

  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Human Geography
  • Territorial Planning and Management
  • Territory and Development

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.

Number of credits on a free-choice basis: 10 credits. The free-choice seminar may be chosen from among the postgraduate courses offered at NOVA FCSH; by other departments of the Nova University of Lisbon, or by other Portuguese or foreign higher education institutions, by agreement or protocol.

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