PhD in Applied Psychology
The International PhD Programme in Applied Psychology: Adaptation and change in contemporary societies is a joint doctoral degree offered by the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (FEPUCP), the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Educational Sciences and Sports-Ramon Llull University Barcelona (FPCEE-URL) and the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), with the following areas of research:
- Human relationships across the lifespan: couple, family, and group
- Mental health and psychopathology: Challenges of a global and changing society
- Exclusion: Social (in)justice, conflict and psychological wellbeing
- Adaptive and maladaptive behaviours related to digital technologies
Programme Organisation: The International PhD. Programme in Applied Psychology corresponds to 180 ECTS credits and has a duration of 3 years (6 semesters).
The student will join a research group and develop a thesis within the framework of one of the research areas described in the programme. Each student will work on his or her thesis with a supervisory team consisting of three supervisors, one from each partner university.
Students enrol in one of the partner universities (“home institution”), where they spend most of their research time. When in FEPUCP, the course will take place on the premises of the Porto Regional Centre – Campus Foz; in FPCEE-URL, this will be at Blanquerna- Campus Cister; at NTU you will be based in the City Centre campus.
During the programme, students must spend 12 months (two semesters) at another partner university: those from URL and UCP at NTU, and those from NTU at UCP and/or at URL. Additionally, students may have a 1-6 months internship at the third university, depending on the needs of their research project.
Language of Instruction: The language used for training, research and communication, as well as for the doctoral thesis manuscript, is English.
Full information here.
To apply to the PhD in Applied Psychology, applicants must, cumulatively:
- Hold sufficient ECTS from a Bachelor’s degree and Masters to allow entry onto a PhD in the country where their ECTS were gained. The Masters qualification must be equivalent to a “Merit/Commendation” (NTU), “Notable” (URL), or “Very good” (UCP). Either the Bachelor’s degree or the Master's must be in Psychology or a related discipline (e.g., Educational Sciences, Social Sciences, Life Sciences).
- Have a certified minimum level of B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above in oral and written English language (non-native English speakers only).
- Agree to undertake a research internship of 12 months at one of the other universities involved in the programme.
English Language Exam*
|April 15th to June 26th||July 13th||September 4th||September 9th and 10th|
*For applicants who do not present a Certificate of English language level for non-native speakers
Number of places available:
- Maximum number of applicants to be accepted to the programme: 16
- Maximum number of applicants to enrol at FPCEE-URL and NTU, each: 6
- Maximum number of applicants to enrol at FEPUCP: 4
- Submission of the Identification Data Form or copy of the Identification Document/Passport
- Undergraduate and Master’s Diplomas and Academic transcripts (with final grade)*
- Curriculum Vitae - all information referenced in the CV must be accompanied by supporting evidence (photocopies of diplomas, publications, etc.)
- Research proposal outline of 1,000-2,000 words
- Certificate of English language level for non-native speakers (the applicants who do not have a certificate will have to take an exam at our University, before the enrolment, to assess their English level)
- Two letters of recommendation by senior academics (optional)
- Statement of Acceptance (specific at each university)
*Documents issued in other countries will have to be legalised by the diplomatic or consular authority in the issuing country, or contain the Hague Apostille.
If the documents are written in a language other than Portuguese, Spanish or English, an official and certified translation to one of these languages must be provided.
During the selection process, applicants may be asked to submit additional documents as evidence that they are prepared and qualified for the programme. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a personal interview (face-to-face or online).
Your application will not be considered until the application fee has been paid and proof of payment has been sent to UCP. Thus:
If you used the online application system:
- Pay for your fee using the (ATM) payment details contained in the final information on your application OR, if you do not have a bank account with a Portuguese bank, request details to pay by bank transfer via email to
- Send proof of payment to
- If you applied on site, pay for your fee at the UCP’s Treasury as soon as you have completed your application
Please see the "Tuition fees and related fees” tab for additional information on application fees, registration and tuition fees and payments.
The application fee is not refundable.
The results of each call will be published on this page on the scheduled dates (see step ❷), with the day/time of registration for admitted candidates, and will be expressed as follows:
- “Provisionally Accepted” – the admission is dependent on one or more requirements
- “Not Accepted”
Only candidates who have been Admitted can move on to step ❼ (Registration).
The registration process will be made on an online system and the access will be provided to the admitted applicants after publication of the results. On this platform, it will be necessary to submit:
- Passport photo (* .JPG, * .PNG or * .GIF)
- Copy of the Vaccination card with the date of the last Tetanus immunization
- Information requested by the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (RAIDES survey)
- Registration form and other specific documents to be indicated at the time of admission
- Proof of payment of the registration fee and the 1st monthly fee
Registration via email:
Upon receipt of the email sent by the admitted applicant informing that he or she is away from the country and therefore cannot appear on the day and time set for registration, the University will send an email with the instructions and the elements required for remote registration (to formalise registration: payment details of registration fee and first instalment of the tuition cost| for information: conditions and registration certificate, programme regulations, tuition and other fees table for the academic year concerned and Treasury regulations).
The applicant’s withdrawal is assumed if the registration is not completed within the stipulated period.
The originals of the qualification certificates must be presented before the beginning of classes, on a date and time to be defined by the Academic Services.
FEES AND TUITIONS - ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
The amount of fees, tuition and other values are determined annually and published in a separate document (Tuition fee schedule). As such, values practiced this year may be updated for the next academic year.
Extract from the Tuition Fee Schedule 2020/2021
(the information on this page does not replace reading the original document)
» 1st year – curricular part: 384€ x 10 months/year
» following years:
· Full-time - 384€ x 10 months/year (2nd and 3rd year in full-time)
· Part-time - 192€ x 10 months/year (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year in full-time)