Profile of the programme
This doctoral programme aims, generally, to provide high quality advanced training in Political Science, and generate valuable contributions to research in this area. In this context, the course objectives are:
- To offer and develop advanced methodological skills, both in theoretical and conceptual research and in empirical research
- To familiarize the students with the most advanced state of the art in research in the areas of Political Science this course articulates
- To deepen and develop the critical reflection of the great sources of political thought, and their application to the current social and political questions
-To promote internal interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work, accessing different methodologies and knowledge of different areas in Political Science
Key learning outcomes
The students who complete the course should:
- Have a developed and systematic understanding of, at least, one domain in Political Science, which implies having high level skills of thinking, analysis and in the use of methodological resources
- Demonstrate the ability to conceive, plan and complete original and high level research in Political Science, bearing in mind the demands of quality and academic ethics
- Have completed original research, most notably the doctoral dissertation, capable of being an effective contribution to the existing knowledge in Political Science, and at a level that merits wider distribution (e.g. peer-reviewed journals, academic monographs)
- Demonstrate the abilities of reflection, questioning, critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas
- Be able to contribute to scientific knowledge, social good and cultural wealth, be it within an academic or professional context, in a complex knowledge-centred society
Occupational profiles of graduates
The third cycle degree in Political Science is an excellent base training for the following career options:
a) National or regional political and/or administrative functions in public administration institutions, local city halls, public companies and public institutes, private companies, as well as, corporate, supporter, employer’s, union organizations. Work in non-governmental foundations and organizations
b) Communication and media jobs. Journalism area jobs that require deep knowledge and analysis abilities in political matters
c) Advice jobs, as consultant or director, which demand for political analysis and decision capa cities
d) Studies and investigation sector in political area jobs, in universities, political foundations, think tanks, opinion studies companies, etc
e) Functions in international institutions.
In the UA, the course will function mostly in the DCSPT. This department has 7 classrooms; one computer lab; one study room equipped with computers; and workrooms for PhD students. The library resources in Political Science in the UA’s library have grown considerably since 2007, with a substantial investment in this area. Similarly, there are periodicals and databases of scientific journals (for example, JSTOR, as well as those of the B-On consortium).
At UBI, the course will function in “Pólo I”, where the following are located: equipped classrooms; the Centre for Teaching and Learning Resources; and the Main Library. The course will also have at its disposal the specialised library of the Institute of Practical Philosophy, the R&D unit dedicated to the study of Ethics and Politics, as well as its seminar room.
Both universities offer access to the internet, and support tools for research and teaching, and are prepared for people with reduced mobility.