The third cycle of studies, leading to the doctorate degree, follows two models:
- The traditional "tutorial" model of research under the direct and individual orientation of one or sometimes two professors or researchers, in order to present and defend a thesis. Its duration is at least four semesters;
- The new model, introduced in 2003/04, in which research is preceded by a curricular part: the PhD program. These PhDs with a program have a normal duration between six and eight semesters and confer between 180-240 ECTS credits.
The Law Degree was the opportunity for the teaching of Law in public universities to leave the critical moment in which it was in Portugal in 1976. 13 years after the creation of the degree program, the Faculty of Law was founded which, anticipating the signal of time and following the needs and demands of society, is constantly evolving, both in terms of the programs offered and in terms of the teaching methods.
The reputation of the Faculty of Law (Porto School) speaks for itself. It was the first law course north of Coimbra. Over the course of 40 years, it has been building its own body of teachers, trained in Portugal and in prestigious European and North American universities. In the Faculty of Law, it is seen as a fundamental objective to help each student carry out their professional projects and even some of their dreams.
The Institute for Political Studies intends to be a strategic project of long reach and long duration. In an era in when knowledge tends to be the key to development, this Institute naturally assumes itself as a project for the future which seeks to be useful to Portugal and to the Portuguese-speaking world.