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International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Applications for the next edition of the doctoral programme will be accepted from February 2019

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FCT funded Programme
Programme coordinatorsMaria Raquel Freire
Main scientific areaPolitical Science and Citizenship
Duration4 years
Programme in collaboration with
Centre for Social Studies (CES)
Language of instruction / evaluation

The Doctoral Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution focuses on the interdisciplinary study of international politics, and is oriented towards advanced competency training in reading contemporary international politics, with special emphasis on studying the dynamics of international strife, be it from the viewpoint of causes and signs of emerging conflicts, or from the viewpoint of theoretical and technical instruments for conflict resolution, thus endeavouring to combine the agendas of research in conflict studies and those of peace studies. The programme seeks to develop specialized knowledge of contemporary international conflicts, and an understanding of available tools for the post-cold war world. 

This Programme is integrated in the European network CASPIAN (http://caspianet.eu/), with leading universities in this area, in a proposal which represents innovation in Portuguese academic life and which sets out to confirm Coimbra University as a centre of excellence in the study and debate of International Relations.
The Programme is offered in collaboration with the Centre for Social Studies (CES), providing students to participate in a vibrant multidisciplinary and highly internationalised scientific community.


The Macau Foundation offers scholarships to Coimbra University Master and PhD students that are doing dissertations, or theses, related to Macau. These annual scholarships may be renewed once only giving up to a maximum of two years of financial support. They are awarded in single instalments of MOP 60,000 to Master students (equivalent to more than 6,000 Euro) and MOP 100,000 to Doctoral students (equivalent to more than 10,000 Euro). More information is available (in Portuguese) at: http://www.uc.pt/driic/bolsas/bolsas_estudos/fm

The Programme follows a biannual regime, opening therefore a new edition every two years.

Official documents

Welcome brochure