Doctoral Degree



Doctoral Degree in Nursing

Institutional partner: Nursing School of Coimbra


Objectives of the Program

This program aims to provide advanced training that contributes to the development of high-level skills in nursing knowledge translation and production. Research work must consider the specific ontological, epistemological, and methodological aspects of nursing sciences based on the research priority topics defined by UICISA: E ( /100004072/302) and its structuring projects.

Admission Criteria

a) Individuals holding a nursing bachelor degree or equivalent and a master's degree in nursing or equivalent;
b) Relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized as attesting the applicant's capability to complete this program by the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Nursing.

The information provided does not dispense with consulting the Notice available on this page.

Career Opportunities

University teacher/Scientific research/Qualified Professional Exercise.

Study System


Learning/Assessment language(s)


Evaluation Method

The assessment in each Course Unit will be previously defined and then informed by its Coordinator to the students. Typically, students are evaluated on a 0-20 scale and approved for the Course Unit if they obtain a classification equal or higher than 10 points. Depending on the course unit and the defined criteria, continuous evaluation will be based on one or several written exams and/or on the presentation and discussion of scientific papers and research project proposals. In the course units "Thesis Project" and "Thesis", the students' learning outcomes will be assessed by a jury composed of experts in the scientific area addressed by the thesis work. The assessment method of each course unit is stated in its course unit file (FUC). The final classification is presented on a 0-20 scale, except for the "Thesis" that is evaluated qualitatively.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

- To provide relevant scientific contributions to the advancement of nursing knowledge that support high-quality health care;
- To appraise, assess, and synthesize new and complex ideas about the object of nursing research and its methodological diversity;
- To develop research grounded in priority areas of nursing research, based on ethical values and academic integrity;
- To develop the capacity for leadership and integration in national and international networks, considering the specificity of the nurses' role in multiprofessional health teams;
- To use methodologies for evidence synthesis and implementation of innovation in clinical practice;
- To disseminate research results in scientific events and indexed journals and communicate with diversified audiences.

Previous Training Recognition

Applicants holding a relevant academic, scientific, or professional curriculum may request recognition of previous training under the terms of the regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Legal Framework for Qualification

Decree-Law no. 74/2006, of 24 March, in its current wording

Requirements for Qualification

The Doctoral Program in Nursing combines one year of mandatory and optional course units, in a total of 60 ECTS, and three years of developing a doctoral thesis that correspond to 180 ECTS.

Access to Higher Level Studies

Possibility of accessing any level that demands a PhD degree, namely access to postdoctoral studies.


School Year
Type of Program
3rd cycle - Doctoral Degree
Classification Awarded
4 Years
Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES
    2022-07-31 to 2028-07-31
Directorate General for Higher Education






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