Scientific coordination

Introduction and course goals

The doctoral course in Science Education is the curricular part of the PhD Programme in Education in this field and its aim is to provide in-depth education in Science Education, including preparation to carry out research.

This course offers:

  • A current and critical perspective of Science Education;
  • Contact with the research community in this field;
  • Flexibility, in the sense that certain modules and some of its activities will be developed at a distance and others will be by attendance.

The main lines of research the projects will develop along are: curriculum development in science, curricular integration of ICT in science, science education in formal and informal contexts.

Target groups

Teachers of different teaching levels who teach in the field of Science (Natural Science and Physics and Chemistry). Higher education teachers linked to Science teacher training. Other professionals related to research and/or dissemination of Science, interested in the theme of the course.

Holders of a Master’s degree in Education or in another field or legal equivalent, in a scientific area related to Science, may apply. 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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