Number of slots for 2024/2025: 12



Conditions of access

Access and admission to the Ph.D. Programme are governed by the article 30, paragraph 1 of Decree-Law no. 74/06 of 24 March, republished by Decree-Law no. 115/2013 of 07 August, namely:

  • a) Holders of a 2nd  cycle, or legal equivalent, from a recognized higher education institution, whose curriculum reveals an adequate scientific preparation;
  • b) Holders of 1st cycle in an appropriate subject, from a recognized higher education institution, holding a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum vitae that is recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out the Programme;
  • c) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out the Programme.

Criteria for selection of the candidates


The criteria for selecting candidates and their respective weights are as follows:
1.    Academic curriculum, according to the following parameters:      
1.1.    Classification of postgraduate training, with a weight of 20%:
- If the candidate holds the academic part of a master's degree or a postgraduate course, the respective classification counts for 50%;
- If the candidate holds a master's degree, the final grade for the master's degree will count for 100%.     
1.2.    Classification of the bachelor's degree, with a weight of 15%.
1.3.    Suitability of basic academic training in the area of the doctorate or in related areas (master's degree and bachelor's degree) and complementary academic training (such as English language exam certificates or other relevant certificates for the doctorate program), with a weight of 10%.

2.    Professional and scientific curriculum relevant to the program, with a weight of 20%.

3.    Motivation letter, with a weight of 35%
- The PhD program directorate reserves the right to request an individual interview in English (which may take place by videoconference) to determine the score to be given to the motivation letter.     



. In the January phase, applicants with a final score below 13 points will not be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

. In all phases, applicants with a final score below 10 points will not be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

. The classifications in criteria 1.1. and 1.2 are on a scale of 0 to 20 (rounded to the unit)

. Foreign degrees will be assessed via the formula of the Direção Geral do Ensino Superior, which is as follows:

Cfinal = {[(C-Cmin)/(Cmax-Cmin)]*10} + 10


Cfinal = final classification (on a scale from 0 to 20 points);

C = final classification of the foreign diploma;

Cmin = minimum mark to pass in the country of origin

Cmax = maximum mark in the country of origin

. In the January phase, only applicants with a bachelor's, or a post-graduate course obtained from international educational institutions present in the last editions of the Times Higher Education or the Shanghai ranking will be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

. Whenever applicable, all applications received in a particular application phase will be analyzed under equal circumstances with applications that have transitioned from the previous phase. However, candidates not selected in a particular phase do not automatically transition to the next phase. Therefore, if they remain interested in the doctoral program, they must submit a new application, which will be exempt from fees.

Necessary documentation

Prospective Ph.D. candidates are required to submit a formal application to the Scientific Council to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. Program. The application form will be available to applicants throughout the designated application period. Candidates must submit the following documents: 
a) completed application form;
b) evidence demonstrating that they meet the specified admission conditions outlined in this announcement;
c) an updated Curriculum Vitae containing details of published or documented work;
d) a motivation letter (discussing the points outlined below – see Observation 1);
e) proof of payment of the application fee. 
The Scientific Council will decide on the admission of the candidates proposed by the Course Director.

Foreign students must present official information regarding his/her final classification in the first degree and/or in the postgraduate course and the scale used to attribute it. This declaration must be written in Portuguese or English, duly validated by a competent authority. Students who do not comply with this requirement shall be treated as having passed their first degree and/or their postgraduate course, which is equivalent to 10 points on the Portuguese scale.


. The motivation letter should be written in English, around 1000 words long, and include a discussion of the following topics (among others that the candidate considers relevant):

• why you wish to pursue a Ph.D., and in particular a Ph.D. in Tourism;

• why you want to do your Ph.D. at the Faculty of Economics of the University of the Algarve;

• what you would like to explore in your Ph.D. thesis (try to write an extended abstract (summary) containing the topic you would like to explore and, if possible, its relevance, the methodologies and methods you plan to use, and the main bibliographical references on the topic). If you are admitted, during the first year of the course, you will have the opportunity to attend various thematic and methods seminars, with the possibility of changing your work plan;

• the time you intend to devote to the Ph.D. studies (full-time or part-time);

• whether you intend to carry out a professional activity during the period of the Ph.D. studies and, if so, how you expect to reconcile this with your student activity;

• how do you expect the Ph.D. program to be financed (own resources, grants, etc.);

• where you intend to live during the period of your Ph.D. studies and whether you have thought about housing arrangements (if necessary).


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Application calendar for 2024/2025

1st Phase*  
Applications 05-01-2024 to 31-01-2024
Selection  01 to 09-02-2024
Sending the selection to the Academic Services 09-02-2024
Publication of results 16-02-2024
Complaint 16 to 20-02-2024
Complaint results Until 23-02-2024
Registration 19 to 29-02-2024

* The 1st phase of applications is only intended for masters and doctoral courses that are taught in the English language.

2nd Phase  
Applications 11-03-2024 to 05-04-2024
Selection  08 to 18-04-2024
Sending the selection to the Academic Services 18-04-2024
Publication of results 23-04-2024
Complaint 23 to 26-04-2024
Complaint results Until 03-05-2024
Registration 29-04 to 10-05-2024
3rd Phase  
Applications 27-05-2024 to 05-07-2024
Selection  08 to 16-07-2024
Sending the selection to the Academic Services 16-07-2024
Publication of results 23-07-2024
Complaint 23 to 26-07-2024
Complaint results Until 30-07-2024
Registration 24 to 31-07-2024
4th Phase  
Applications 09-08-2024 to 26-08-2024
Selection  26-08 to 04-09-2024
Sending the selection to the Academic Services 04-09-2024
Publication of results 11-09-2024
Complaint 11 to 13-09-2024
Complaint results Until 17-09-2024
Registration 11 to 19-09-2024

Note: Non-EU applicants are advised to apply in the early stages due to the need to obtain a visa, a process that may delay arrival on national territory.