Scientific coordination

Professor Feliciano Veiga

Introduction and course goals

This course is the curricular part of the Doctor’s degree in Education, in the specialization of Psychology of Education. It aims at the acquisition of an in-depth range of theoretical knowledge and research skills in this area, with a view to preparing professionals with the capacity to design and carry out an original, meaningful investigation.

The general objective of this course is to provide in-depth education in Psychology of Education, including preparation to carry out studies and projects, framed within the following research lines: human development in a variety of educational contexts; learning in educational contexts; activation of personal fulfilment, where motivation, self-concept, creativity and special education needs are topics under consideration.

Students are intended to acquire the necessary research skills to produce knowledge and intervene in different educational contexts, where the approach from the viewpoint of the Psychology of Education is relevant.

The course offers a current and critical perspective of Psychology of Education, contact with the research community in this field, and flexibility, in that some of its activities will be developed at a distance and others will be by attendance.

Target groups

The public targeted by the course consists of all those who wish to further their theoretical, research and intervention knowledge in the area of the Psychology of Education, in life’s different contexts. The course is for Masters from various backgrounds, but preference is given to candidates with a background in Psychology and Education.

Holders of a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences or in Education or in other areas may apply, as long as their professional and scientific curriculum is appropriate to the theme of the course.  Preference will be given to candidates with a background in Psychology and Education. Exceptionally, holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent may also apply, if they have a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognised by the Instituto de Educação as attesting their capacity to carry out doctoral studies.

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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