Doctoral Degree in Social Sustainability and Development
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Opening Order Course fee Teaching mode: Distance teaching Teaching Language: Portuguese

This PhD aims to qualify professionals in advanced studies in the area of sustainable development, especially the environmental and socio-economic aspects.  Its main targets are all those who wish to develop advanced research in this area of study, especially those linked to the tertiary and public sectors, to education and training, staff from companies and international organisations working in development and social responsibility and as well as researchers.

Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent in any field of knowledge;

Holder of a bachelor's degree and of an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council;

Holder of an academic, scientific, or professional curriculum, which has been recognized by the Scientific Council of Universidade Aberta as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies.

The 1st part of the PhD is taught in a distance learning regime (online), using the e-learning platform in use at Universidade Aberta. The 1st semester is anticipated by an 2 weeks initial virtual module, with the aim of introducing students to both the University's virtual pedagogical model and the characteristics of the online teaching context of this PhD, as well as to the elearning required for attendance. The 2nd part of the PhD is fundamentally dedicated to research. The presentation and discussion of the doctoral thesis are carried out in a public session, specially convened for this purpose.

The Doctoral degree in Social Sustainability and Development is taught in partnership between the Science and Technology Department and the Social Sciences and Management Department.

Curricular estructure:

1st part (curricular units) - 60 ECTS

2nd part (research) - 120 ECTS