The Doctorate in Philosophy has a highly qualified teaching staff with extensive experience in teaching and research, who are duly prepared to accompany the students, both in the taught component and in the preparatory work for the dissertation.

The course, organised by the Philosophy Department of NOVA FCSH, is supported by two Research Units of NOVA FCSH, IFILNOVA - NOVA Institute of Philosophy and CHAM - CHAM - Centre for the Humanities, both with the classification of Excellent.

The quality and thematic diversity of the dissertations that have been produced in the context of the Doctorate in Philosophy are unequivocal testimony to the academic significance of this course, as well as to its potential to contribute to a critical questioning of current problems.


The PhD in Philosophy aims to help students to:

  • deepen and systematise their understanding of an area of study of Philosophy, as well as the skills, methods and practices appropriate to that area;
  • deepen their understanding of the relationships between a particular area of study of Philosophy and adjacent ones;
  • design and implement, in its various stages, a consistent research project appropriate to the problems and concepts of a specific field of Philosophy;
  • develop an autonomous theoretical perspective in relation to the various methodological and doctrinal possibilities of philosophical thought;
  • carry out original research work, relevant to the disciplinary area, of publishable standard, which contributes to the development of philosophical knowledge, in particular, and of culture, in general;
  • individually develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary research initiatives;
  • understand and critically analyse new and highly complex theoretical concepts and problems, as well as arguing and communicating with the academic community and society in general about their specialization.

Areas Of expertise

  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Knowledge and Epistemology
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic and Philosophy of Language
  • Ontology and Philosophy of Nature

Curricular structure

Duration: 8 semesters. Total Credits: 240 credits (60 in course 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.