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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Doctoral Programme in Communication Development Studies

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A3ES Decision

Accredited - A3ES Decision

Date of the Board Decision



R/A-Cr 107/2014

Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Doctorate |6 Semesters |180 ECTS

Programme Director

Professora Doutora Isabel Maria Pérez da Silva Babo Lança



Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Doctoral Programme in Communication for Development:
a) The holders of a master's degree or a legal equivalent;
b) The holders of a B.A. who present an especially relevant academic or scientific which is acknowledge by the Scientific Council of the Lusophone University of Porto as being a competence certificate.
b) The holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which is acknowledged by the Scientific Council of the Lusophone University of Porto.

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS


. Acquisition of knowledge, analytical skills and research skills in the scientific areas of communication sciences and social sciences;
. Acquisition of knowledge, analytical skills and research skills on themes and issues around Social Mobilizations, Networks and Activisms, Digital Ecologies, Civic Cultures, New Communication Expressions, New Media and New Journalistic Expressions (videojournalism, online documentary, web reports; community radio stations, etc.), Communication for Development/ C4D) and for Empowerment.
. Analyze and evaluate the impact and consequences of the use of digital technologies, digital social networks and new forms of communication and journalism, articulating with the issues of new ecologies, social mobilizations, innovation, social change and participation.
. Development of communication skills for the production and/ or management of projects in the field of digital communication, civic cultures and development.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

Combining the notions of Communication and Activism with the values of autonomy, citizenship, civility, socio-cultural development and participation in contemporary democratic processes;
Acquire knowledge and skills of understanding and critical evaluation of the consequences of using new technologies;
Acquire knowledge and skills for understanding and critical evaluation of new social movements and network activism;
Know how to analyze new technological connections and intervene in digital ecologies;
Understand new communicational expressions and propose solutions for quality communication, with projects with societal value;
Develop the competence to convert knowledge into practical applicability: acquire conceptual and theoretical frameworks and encourage the problematization of issues in close articulation with the practical application to research and social intervention projects, civic cultures and activisms;
Encourage the acquisition of skills to carry out projects in connection with different realities;
Encourage scientific excellence, autonomy, efficiency and training the researcher as a producer and director of projects linked to fields of action.

Equipments and venues

Classrooms with multimedia equipment, library, Information and Communication Technologies resources, pedagogical and scientific equipment.
Library, student's personal work area, bar and canteen.

Further Studies

Occupacional Profiles

Higher education: teaching and research
National and international organizations


Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP) has as a priority the solidification of higher education founded on consistent first cycles and the growth of the second cycles, considering that the conditions required for the opening of third cycles based on research and competitive academic programs are created today. In this sense, Communication and Activism Studies constitutes an original, innovative and non-existent offer in the panorama of communicational studies in Portugal, presenting a program with the capacity to develop a close articulation between critical and empirical theoretical reflection. It focuses on updating theoretical knowledge and the use of technological communicational tools, applying methodological research and action and intervention strategies to the field, with an important societal dimension of conceiving and carrying out projects of social and economic value.
Differentiation from the existing offer and the fact that it constitutes a doctoral program in which research is articulated with intervention and social utility and the formation of a practical nature allows to face a potential for growth in demand by journalists, communication professionals, professionals in the third sector, citizens committed to social, civic, humanitarian, ecological, development and innovation causes, researchers and specialists in international cooperation programs. However, ULP's mission is to develop cultural, educational and teaching relationships in the Portuguese-speaking world, in Europe and in the world. In effect, this doctoral program has the potential to bring together different candidates from different academic backgrounds and scientific areas of training and from different cultural backgrounds (different countries).

The doctoral program in Communication and Activism is strategic for the Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP), as the scientific area of training in Communication constitutes a domain of teaching and research consistent in the context of the institution.
It makes possible the culmination of higher education held at FCAATI, which is oriented towards critical teaching of theoretical and practical knowledge, opening up new possibilities for the development of research applied to projects and the dynamization of R&D and innovation activities.
The simultaneously critical, applied, technological and social intervention nature of the syllabus corresponds to the epistemological, disciplinary and practical view of training.
This program is also fundamental within the scope of the Research Center for Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies - CICANT, which presents consistent research in the areas of "Media, society and literacies" and "Media art, creative industries and technologies". We also highlight the articulation of the doctorate with the MeLCi Lab - Media Literacy and Civic cultures Lab.

Scientific Areas

Ciências sociais e do comportamento | Jornalismo e reportagem


Study Plan

1st Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Research and Participatory MethodologiesFirst Semester7,5
First Semester7,5
First Semester7,5
First Semester7,5
OptionSecond Semester6
Project SeminarSecond Semester12
Second Semester6
Second Semester6
2nd Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Thesis IYearly60
3rd Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Thesis IIYearly60


Holders of a foreign university degree 350 €
Holders of a university degree 150 €
Enrollment and Registration230 €
Student Insurance40 €
Average monthly value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 290,4 €
Per ECTS 9,68 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force