PhD in History

Diário da República, 2nd series - N.146 - July 29, 2022

The Doctorate in History of the Department of History, Arts and Humanities of the Autonomous University of Lisbon trains doctors with their own research capacity and integration in collective projects, developed in research centers of excellence.

The course has a curricular plan based on a set of theoretical and epistemological knowledge as well as a collection of research methodologies and techniques that enable students to produce scientific work with high quality, innovation and social interest. Its flexible structure anchored in research seminars in different historiographical areas and in the tutorial follow-up by a highly qualified faculty, meets the training needs of each doctoral student.

The Doctoral standards are perfectly aligned with the Lisbon Declaration on Humanities, Open Research and Innovation drafted during the European Conference of the Humanities, in 2021, by CIPSH-UNESCO (International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies).


The Autonomous University of Lisbon is the oldest private university in Portugal. Since its foundation, the Autonomous University has offered a range of advanced courses in the field of History, whose employability rate of 94%* demonstrates the quality and success of its programmes.

* Data obtained by the General Directorate of Education and Science Statistics from the IEFP and consulted in February 2021.



    - Adolfo Silveira Martins - Jose Amado Mendes

    Work based on some fundamental supports. In this curricular unit, the following skills are developed, in order to:

    • Deepen the study of the various historiographical conceptions ? including the respective theory and philosophy of history ?, not only the traditional ones, generally better known, but also the most recent ones: new economic history, cultural history, narrative return, virtual history and present history;
    • Pay special attention to the theme, planning and working hypotheses;
    • Explore and criticize sources: written, oral, material, literary, artistic;
    • To recall the role of serial history, within the scope of the new history;
    • Deepen the methodology for the treatment of sources and the elaboration of the historical text;
    • Properly handle bibliographic references and sources;
    • Improved the way of illustration: graphics, pictures, photographic images, reproduction of documents, etc.;
    • Take care of the graphic presentation

    - Armando Carvalho Man - Maria Helena Macedo - Miguel Faria

    Each student will have to focus on a subject of historical interest, of any time and of any theme (political, religious, social, among many others) and present a concrete plan, with specific objectives, in order to be able to develop the work in stages. , not necessarily in a row, as you can write the first chapter not first, but in every chapter there has to be a harmony and a following of logical thinking.

    The plan must be presented in a synthetic way, but perfectly elaborated so as to be, as already mentioned, perceptible from all points of view.

    - Armando Carvalho Man - Maria Helena Macedo

    The historiographical option chosen for the seminar is based on the idea that historical facts result from theoretical interpretation schemes that, in the case of knowledge of the modern period, converge between philosophy, sociology, history and law. Thus, the objectives of the curricular unit are the following:

    • Provide a conceptual tool suitable for the study of modernity;
    • Articulate this conceptual background with the theoretical guidelines of its leading authors;
    • Apply this theoretical knowledge to interpret European “reality” in the political, social, cultural and international relations domains;
    • Know the structuring structures of political and social systems in Portugal between the Restoration and Liberalism;
    • Interpret the evolution and rupture of government and administration models;
    • Explain and understand the relationship between the French invasions and the emergence of liberalism.

    - Adolfo Silveira Martins

    • Define the context of archaeosciences in the defense and safeguarding of Cultural Heritage
    • Provide conceptual resources necessary for archaeological intervention.
    • Characterize the nature of the archaeological intervention and its applicability
    • Describe the process of preparing an archaeological intervention.
    • Identify and apply the different methodologies of archaeological intervention in the field, in terms of processes and strategies.

    - Miguel Faria

    The seminar seeks to situate the student in the diversity of specializations existing within the discipline of History of Art, as a presupposition for the scrutiny of the most appropriate methodology for the research project to be developed.

    The chronological scope will be delimited between the final period of the Absolute Monarchy to the II Republic (1750-1974), choosing as a central theme the manifestations of Public Art, seen in a European context, through case studies in an environment of stability and political crisis, in a multidisciplinary perspective.

    It seeks to fill the existing historiographical gap, opened on the border between the History of Architecture and Urbanism, and the student should be able to read Public Art in its respective contexts, and be able to recognize the more specific aspects (artistic and symbolic) of the monuments under analysis.

    It seeks to create skills for the development of monographic studies.

    - Jose Amado Mendes

    • Acquisition of knowledge and skills on:
    • What is a doctoral thesis;
    • What is a doctoral thesis for?
    • How to write a doctoral thesis;
    • How to do research;
    • Formal organization of a doctoral thesis;
    • Advisor role;
    • Joint guidance and its specificity;
    • Presentation and public discussion of the thesis.