Scientific Coordination

Professor Domingos Fernandes
Professor Leonor Santos
Professor Pedro Rodrigues

Introduction and course goals

The doctoral programme in Educational Evaluation is the curricular part of the PhD Programme in Education in this field. Its main goal is to provide a solid education in the field of knowledge of Evaluation and is organised into two applied areas: Evaluation of Learning and Evaluation of Projects and Programmes. Thus, this course is geared towards candidates acquiring and/or consolidating knowledge and capacities that allow them to design and develop research projects in fields such as:

  • Internal Evaluation of Learning: Foundations, Practices and Policies.
  • External Evaluation of Learning: Foundations, Practices and Policies.
  • Relations between Internal Evaluation and External Evaluation of Learning.
  • Internal and/or External Evaluation of Learning and Evaluation of Policies and Educational Systems.
  • Evaluation of Projects and Programmes and Educational Policies.
  • Relations between the Evaluation of Projects and Programmes and the Improvement of Educational Systems.
  • Evaluation of Projects and Programmes: Political, Pedagogic and Ethical Dimensions.

Target groups

This course is primarily aimed at candidates with a Master’s degree in any field of Education and/or Training. Holders of a Master’s in other fields may also apply, as long as their academic and professional curriculum is considered appropriate to the specialty area of the doctorate. Exceptionally, holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent may also apply, as long as their academic or scientific curriculum is recognised as relevant by the Instituto de Educação for carrying out the doctorate. Although it is not a selection criterion, command of the English language is strongly recommended.

The main way to enter the doctorate is by applying for an open tender for a Doctoral Programme according to the field and specialty, with the indication of the number of places available. This invitation to tender will be advertised through a public notice and is subject to compliance with specific rules and forms.

In the doctoral areas where there is no call for tender, candidates must send an application to the Scientific Council of the Instituto de Educação of the Universidade de Lisboa, formalizing their candidacy. Only in exceptional and duly justified cases may an individual candidacy enter the doctorate in a specialty area in years when an open tender took place.

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