In the 2023-2024 academic year, applications are not open.


The PhD in Urban Studies is organised jointly between the ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of Nova University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH) which confers a joint degree between the two institutions. The programme offers advanced multidisciplinary training in urban research, innovative in Portugal, in an integrated perspective around several disciplinary areas, such as Sociology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Economy, Architecture and Urbanism, encouraging a critical reflection on urban issues and fostering the articulation between scientific research and professional practices in the most diverse contexts of action, public and private.

The research carried out under the programme is framed by eight Research Centres accredited by FCT, based in both institutions, which contribute to the consolidation of a space for interdisciplinary reflection around knowledge based on concrete cases of research (CIES-IULDINAMIA'CET-IULCICS.NOVACRIAInstitute for Medieval StudiesArt History InstituteCHAM and Institute of Contemporary History).

With a highly qualified teaching staff, coming from the various scientific areas that integrate Urban Studies, this PhD Programme is organised in 8 semesters (2 semesters of lectures and seminars + 6 semesters of oriented research), for a total of 240 credits.


The goals of this programme are the following:

  • to equip qualified students with the tools, methodologies, concepts and theories to pursue Urban Studies in an interdisciplinary context at advanced postgraduate level;
  • to provide students with the opportunity to apply advanced methods, concepts and theories both in more generic and more specialised and interdisciplinary contexts;
  • to introduce students to innovative and intellectually demanding areas of urban studies;
  • to promote and develop students' ability to think critically about issues in Urban Studies and carry out independent research in the field.

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.


Faculty staff




  • Walter José dos Santos Rodrigues
  • Maria Teresa Esteves Costa Pinto
  • Maria João Mendes Vaz
  • Maria Teresa Marques Madeira da Silva
  • Rita d'Ávila Cachado
  • Helena Maria Barroso de Carvalho
  • Pedro Miguel Alves Felício Seco da Costa
  • Graça Indias Cordeiro


  • Álvaro Ferreira da Silva


Other teachers at NOVA FCSH



  • Joan Pujadas