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:
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.
Academic Year 2023/24
To apply to the Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, applicants must:
a) Hold sufficient ECTS from a Bachelor’s degree and Masters* to allow entry onto a Ph.D. in the country where their ECTS were gained. The Master’s 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).
b) Have a certified minimum level of B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above in oral and written English language (non-native English speakers only).
c) Agree to undertake a research internship of 12 months at one of the other universities involved in the programme.
*candidates still enrolled in a Masters Programme should have the degree awarded by August 31st
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Number of places available:
*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).
Applications are to be submitted through Católica Porto online system (click the image below).
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Your admission will only be considered valid after the payment of the respective fee has been confirmed by UCP, so you should make your payment according to the ATM references(for Portuguese bank accounts) or the bank data (international bank transfers) indicated in the final admission information.
See the Fees at the Tuition & Fees tab for information on admission, registration and tuition fees, as well as other information regarding payments.
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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:
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:
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 2023/2024
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 Table
(the information on this page does not replace reading the original document)
» 1st year – curricular part: 420€ x 10 months/year
» 2nd and 3rd years: 320€ x 10 months/year