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Clinical Psychology (with Course)

Applications Not offered in 2015/2016
Coordinator(s)Cristina Canavarro PhD
Duration 3 years
Tuition Fees 

About the Course

The 3rd Cycle of Studies is a way of continuing the integrated study cycle in Psychology (Integrated Master’s Degree), thus completing the specialised higher training. It also promotes the production of consistent contexts and research networks, contributing to the fostering of excellence programmes and international cooperation and enhancing further scientific activity, such as post-doctorates. This PhD primarily aims to provide students with specialised training/research in different areas of Psychology, to boost their research skills and their integration into national and international networks, to encourage scientific employment and strengthen links with business, social and work contexts, to promote the scientific and technological progress of the institution, embedding the ongoing projects in their Research Units and developing new research projects, in response to the needs of the communities themselves.

Course Outline

The study cycle is worth 180 ECTS and lasts a minimum of three and a maximum of five years.

The curricular componente, named the Advanced Studies Programme, is worth 60 ECTS, and the preparation of the thesis is worth 120 ECTS.

On passing the curricular part of the study cycle with course the student will be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the scientific field, and the speciality and thematic area of the course.

Course Plan

Specialty in Clinical Psychology.

Access Qualifications

1 – The following may apply for the course of study leading to the degree of Doctor:

a) holders of master's degree or legal equivalent;

b) holders of a bachelor’s degree who have a highly relevant academic or scientific background that is recognised by the Scientific Council of FPCE-UC as attesting the capacity to complete this cycle of studies;

c) Students with an academic, scientific or professional background recognised by the Scientific Council of FPCEUC as attesting the capacity to complete this cycle of studies.

2 - The recognition referred to in b) and c) above only allows access to a course of study leading to a doctoral degree, and the UC does not thereby give the holder nor recognise the equivalent bachelor's or master’s degree.


Formal application is made as indicated at

A fee of € 50.00 is payable with the application. The form of payment will be disclosed to the applicant at the time of application.

Dissertation guidance

In the course of study with course, the name(s) of dissertation supervisor(s) will be as defined in the FPCE Doctoral Regulations.

Enrolment and Registration

After receiving their serial number, students must enrol on the PhD Course.

Registration is carried out online. Find information at

A fee of € 20.00 is payable for course registration. The method of payment will be disclosed to the applicant at the time of application.

PhD students annually renew their registration in the PhD study cycle.

Failure to re-register annually will prevent the student from pursuing his/her doctoral studies.

Thesis Theme Registration

The theme of the dissertation must be registered by the doctoral student, at the Academic Services of the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, within 30 days after acceptance of the project dissertation.