Doctoral School

School of Education

3-5 Years (Evening) English Ilha Verde Campus


The Doctoral programme in Education is designed to enable students to become expert researchers in current educational issues and topics, equipping them to plan, conduct, and report high-level educational research, both empirical and non-empirical, using a range of research techniques in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. They should be able to take leadership roles in planning, conducting, analyzing a range of data types, as well as reporting and critiquing research in education. Students are expected to publish research papers in education and to have an in-depth, highly developed understanding of topical issues in education and educational research on an international scale, as well as trends and innovations in education.

During the 3-5 years of study, Doctorate in Education students hold full-time student status.

The Doctoral Programme Coordinator is Prof. Adérito Fernandes Marcos.

Career Opportunities

  • Research and Development for private and public organizations
  • Academic careers

Course Structure

Students complete the curricular part of the programme during the first year, which is composed of the following 5 modules:

  • Methodologies of Investigation
  • Methods and Techniques for Quantitative Research
  • Methods and Techniques for Qualitative Research
  • Integrative Research Seminars
  • Specialist Studies and Reading Programme

During the first year of study, students must also prepare a thesis proposal. The completion of all modules and University approval of the proposal is a requirement to progress to the thesis-writing stage of the programme.

Doctoral Thesis

Working directly under an academic supervisor, the doctoral student independently completes an original and significant research project. Students begin their thesis once their proposed work and supervisory arrangements have been approved by the University.

Past Doctoral Thesis

Lam Man Ieng


Tam Nga Ia


Kelvin Wong Kin Ming



Admissions Information >

A preliminary research plan is required to apply. Applicants may choose one of the open doctoral topics or submit their own thesis proposal as part of their application.

Study plan & description of modules

For the programme’s government approval [in Chinese and Portuguese] click here.  (Please click in P2 or P3, on the top-left of the document, to access the subsequent pages.)

Please click on any specific module below to see its description.


Year 1
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