Applications for 2024/2025




Early Bird

  • Applications: January 15 to February 26 (from 09:00:00 until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: March 13
  • Registration: March 14 to 21

1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: February 27 to April 8 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: April 23
  • Registration: April 24 to May 6
  • Applications: April 9 to May 30  (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: June 19
  • Registration: June 19 to 27

Last Round

  • Applications: June 24 to September 2 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Results: until September 4
  • Registration: until September 6


Admission Requirements

  • BA and MA Degree preferably in a related field of studies (Humanities and Social Sciences);
  • Interview (interviews can be held through Skype).
  • English Language Certificate – minimum CEFR C1 (taken after January 2022)*:
    • IELTS 7.0 minimum;
    • TOEFL 100 + minimum 24 in all skills;
    • Cambridge Advanced Certificate;
    • Cambridge Proficiency;
    • CEFR C1;
    • Aptis ESOL Advanced C1 minimum. 

*Certificates obtained via virtual will not be considered valid.

Candidates without a Language Certificate may sit for a test at the Faculty (cost: €150.00); result of minimum C1 required.

Documents required for the application

  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • University Transcripts of Records - Original documents should be presented until October 30;
  • Preliminary research project (max. 15.000 characters);
  • Motivation Letter (2 pages max.) - the motivation letter should introduce you to the selection committee, explain why you have chosen this program and why you would be a good fit;
  • English Language Certificate;
  • Identification document (Passport or ID card);
  • Vaccination record (tetanus vaccine updated) - upon registration.

Note: Besides those mentioned above, any other documents that Applicants find relevant to their application may be included.

Note: All Degrees earned abroad, Transcripts and Certificates must be duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French or Spanish).


Application Process

Step 1 - Start your application online

In order to start the application, you must:


After creating an account, you will receive the access data in your email. Once you have access data, you may proceed to formalize your application on .

If you do not remember your username or password, you should access the email address and follow the instructions to recover your username or password.


Step 2 - Pay the application fee

After you have filled your application and uploaded the required documents, you will need to pay the non-refundable application fee. Please note that your application will not be considered completed until the application fee is settled.

Step 3 - Additional information

After the application, an interview will take place with the candidate (interviews with international candidates can be held by Zoom or Teams). This step is mandatory.

If you do not yet have an English Language Certificate as required, your admission will be conditional until you provide us with a valid test score.

You may instead want to sit for an English assessment test at Católica. Available test dates:

  • tba

Step 4 - Final decision

The Selection Committee reviews your application and makes a final decision.

Please note that:

  • the Selection Committee decision is final and conclusive;
  • regardless of the outcome of your application, you will receive a personalized e-mail, which will mention your name, as well as the final decision of the committee;
  • If accepted to the program, the personalized email will also contain information regarding registration.
  • Students are not allowed to apply more than once per Intake (double applications will not be considered and related application fees will not be refunded).​


Admissions Office - PhD


Phone: (+351) 217 214 281