Master’s and PhD Programmes

Master's and PhD Programmes

Research and Teaching

In the 2024 World University Rankings, NOVA School of Law obtained a score of 71 for research quality, securing 35th place globally in this category, according to The Times Higher Education’s assessment. In NOVA School of Law’s Master’s and PhD programmes, CEDIS researchers teach what they research. Most of CEDIS’s integrated researchers are professors on the PhD and Master’s programmes at NOVA School of Law, an institution in which teaching and research are totally interlinked.

As an essential component of our doctoral programme in Law, the course “Law & Society” serves as an introduction to CEDIS’s research theme.

The Doctorate in Law programme, administered by NOVA School of Law, has a structured curriculum over four years. This programme comprises a teaching component, which lasts three semesters, and a subsequent research component, which lasts five semesters. The teaching phase offers advanced legal studies with an interdisciplinary perspective, equipping students with vital research methodologies and complementary skills, including academic writing and critical analysis. Notably, emphasis is placed on the development of essential skills for scientific publication. After completing the teaching component, candidates prepare and publicly defend their thesis project, articulating their chosen research topic, objectives and methodology. Subsequently, they dedicate themselves to the research component, which includes carrying out supervised research, attending courses at NOVA’s Doctoral School, culminating in the preparation and defence of the doctoral thesis.

The Doctorate in Gender Studies, a collaborative effort between NOVA School of Law, NOVA’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH) and the University of Lisbon (through the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences – ISCSP-UL), operates within a similar structure. This four-year programme has a structured curriculum made up of a teaching component, which lasts three semesters, and a subsequent research component, which lasts five semesters. Throughout the teaching component, students engage in advanced legal studies with interdisciplinary elements and receive training in research methodologies. They also prepare and defend your thesis project. The research component involves supervised research and culminates in the preparation and defence of the doctoral thesis.

In addition to the structural components of these programmes, emphasis is placed on maintaining rigorous quality standards and promoting a conducive academic environment. Both programmes have an international orientation, with English being the main language of instruction. Notably, the PhD in Law has been awarded the status of “FCT PhD Programme” by the Foundation for Science and Technology, underlining its commitment to excellence and its ability to guarantee generous financial support. Admissions to these programmes are highly competitive, with rigorous selection processes designed to identify candidates of exceptional academic merit and research potential.

Integration of PhD students at CEDIS

PhD candidates are fully integrated into CEDIS, taking on roles as active members. They lead Speed’s coordination and are extensively involved in various capacities within our centre: participating in the Scientific Council, contributing to the activities carried out within the three thematic lines and being actively involved in the CEDIS Governance Committee. This interconnection guarantees a harmonious integration of research objectives and academic activities within our doctoral programmes.

CEDIS provides strong support for PhD students, offering assistance with publications, including editing, proofreading and open access, along with opportunities for assignments.

PhD students hired by NOVA School of Law

NSL hires PhD students as Teaching Assistants or Guest Lecturers.

Currently, the PhD students who are members of CEDIS and have been hired as Guest Professors by NOVA School of Law are: Anabela Brízido, Ana Coimbra Trigo, Martim Farinha, Patrícia André, Vitor Boaventura Xavier.

The PhD students who are members of CEDIS and have been hired as Guest Assistants are: Guilherme Berriel, Joana Capaz Coelho, Maria Miguel Oliveira da Silva,Vânia Simões

Success of the PhD students

From 2018 to 2023, among the 65 PhD students at CEDIS, 18 received FCT grants. In addition, 36 doctoral degrees were successfully completed at the Faculty. Throughout this period, CEDIS PhD candidates have made a remarkable academic contribution, producing 66 articles, 27 books, 69 book chapters, 14 working papers or other research articles, giving 18 oral presentations, giving 30 guest lectures, receiving 8 awards and writing 28 articles in the press, along with actively participating in or organising 313 events, including conferences, workshops, seminars and courses.


  • A1) Patrícia ANDRÉ, our PhD student, was a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the Global Meeting of the Law & Society Association (Lisbon 2023). She is currently leading a study for the Economic and Social Council on “The Reform of the CES Law” (2023-2024), €51,562.50.
  • A3) Emelin de OLIVEIRA, our PhD student, was the author of an article published in the journal “Democratisation,” which was ranked in the top 10%.
  • A3) Dimitra FRAGKOU, our doctoral student, co-authored with our researcher Veronica CORCODEL an article published in the “European Journal of Risk Regulation,” ranked in the top 10 per cent.
  • C8) Carla VALÉRIO’s doctoral dissertation was recognised with the IBFD European Taxation Journal Prize 2021.

Prizes offered to PhD students

NOVA School of Law offers various prizes for researchers and students, which can be consulted here. In addition to these, three new prizes will be launched:

  • The António Manuel Hespanha Prize is a monetary grant designed to encourage doctoral students and young researchers to publish in international peer-reviewed journals, especially those indexed in Scopus. In addition to internationalisation, the criteria for the award include the interdisciplinary and social motivation of the themes.
  • The Observatory against Racism and Xenophobia will establish two research prizes – the Marielle Franco Prize and the Amílcar Cabral Prize – to recognise and reward undergraduate and master’s academic work in the field. The aim is to promote and encourage scientific production on the phenomena of racism, xenophobia and related areas.

CEDIS doctoral students awarded FCT scholarships

Between 2018 and 2023, the following CEDIS doctoral students benefited from an FCT doctoral scholarship:

Name Supervisor Reference
Alain Souto Rémy Armando Marques Guedes SFRH/BD/99727/2014
Alexandre Corrêa de Luca Teresa Pizarro Beleza PD/BI/135306/2017
Ana Beatriz Gonçalves Rosa Anália Maria Cardoso Torres UI/BD/153729/2022
Ana Cristina Faria Nogueira Helena Pereira Melo PD/BD/114569/2016
Anabela Paula Brízido Francisco Pereira Coutinho PD/BD/143131/2019
Ariana Nunes Paraíso Armando Marques Guedes 2021.08120.BD
Bárbara Jennifer Paz de Abreu da Silva Soraya Nour Sckell 2021.06601.BD
Carla Sofia Fernandes Valério Rita Pires PD/BD/150446/2019
Daniel Fernandes Gomes Helena Pereira de Melo PD/BD/135462/2017
Dimitra Fragkou Jeremy Sarkin PD/BD/150523/2019
Eleanor Lumsden Margarida Lima Rego UI/BD/150748/2020
Elena-Delia Bancu Armando Marques Guedes 2020.09127.BD
Emellin Layana Santos de Oliveira Francisco Pereira Coutinho PD/BD/135461/2017
Filipa Marina da Silva Soares Armando Marques Guedes SFRH/BD/135618/2018
Francisco Miguel trindade Silva Borges Teresa Pizarro Beleza SFRH/BD/70061/2010
Guilherme Brandão Salazar Loureiro Gomes José Manuel Lebre de Freitas SFRH/BD/139877/2018
Guilherme Tadeu Berriel da Silva Oliveira Cristina Queiroz 2020.06044.BD
Helena Cláudia Faria Guimarães Teresa Pizarro Beleza SFRH/BD/78369/2011
Helena Paula Magalhães Bolina Teresa Pizarro Beleza PD/BD/135463/2017
Izabel de Albuquerque Pereira Teresa Pizarro Beleza PD/BI/135303/2017
Joana Cristina Purvis Paixão Campos Carvalho Margarida Lima Rego PD/BD/128315/2017
Joana Isabel Taveira Ferreira Neto João Zenha Martins UI/BD/150744/2020
João Francisco da Silva Diogo Francisco Pereira Coutinho PD/BD/143132/2019
João Nuno Motta Guedes Marques Mendonça Soraya Nour Sckell 2021.07971.BD
João Pedro Ramos de Almeida Pinto Ferreira Mariana França Gouveia SFRH/BD/101422/2014
Julia Maria Gracia De Castro Francisco Pereira Coutinho SFRH/BD/133532/2017
Julia Maria Gracia De Castro Francisco Pereira Coutinho COVID/BD/151985/2021
Maíra Tito Cristina Silva PD/BD/150545/2019
Manuel Campos Robalo Leite de Magalhães Carlos Ferreira Almeida PD/BD/114303/2016
Márcia de Oliveira Correia Patrício Mª João Leitão Cunha UI/BD/153728/2022
Marco Paulo Henriques Ribeiro Cardoso António Carlos da Silva COVID/BD/152063/2022
Marco Paulo Henriques Ribeiro Cardoso António Carlos da Silva PD/BD/143133/2019
Maria da Graça de Almeida de Eça do Canto Moniz Mª Filipa Urbano Calvão PD/BD/128028/2016
Maria Helena Carvalho Athayde de Bettencourt Varela Ana Rita Gil PD/BD/143134/2019
Maria Inês Patricio Lopes Gaeiro Mª eduarda Barroso Gonçalves SFRH/BD/75694/2011
Maria João Dias Carapêto Francisco Pereira Coutinho PD/BD/135459/2017
Maria Lurdes Coentro Vargas Carlos Ferreira Almeida SFRH/BD/76728/2011
Maria Mariana Soares de Moura Ana Rita Gil UI/BD/150746/2020
Mariana Passos Beraldo Rita Calçada Pires 2021.08334.BD
Marília Beatriz Leal Salvador Conti Higa Soraya Nour Sckell UI/BD/150747/2020
Marta Hungria Garcia Helena Pereira de Melo PD/BD/114172/2016
Martinho de Almeida Garrett Lucas Pires Daniel Halberstam PD/BD/128310/2017
Micael Martins Teixeira António Ilisses Cortês PD/BD/128313/2017
Núbia Nascimento Alves Helena Pereira de Melo SFRH/BD/68321/20210
Patrícia Andrea Rodrigues André Pierre Guibentif PD/BD/150496/2019
Ram Kumar Bhandari Jeremy Sarkin PD/BD/135464/2017
Robin Jean Bouvier Teresa Pizarro Beleza PD/BI/135347/2017
Seyedeh Hoda Hedayatzadeh Razavi Teresa Pizarro Beleza PD/BD/150466/2019
Tatiana Morais Ribeiro de Aguiar e Silva Ema Williamson PD/BD/128312/2017
Thais Brito Cirne Mariana França Gouveia UI/BD/150745/2020
Tiago Vale Lopes de Melo Sousa Martins Cartaxo Helena Pereira de Melo PD/BD/128311/2017