Application Date - 1st phase  27 April to 3 July 2020
Application Date - 2nd phase 6 July to 31 August 2020 
Beginning of the 1st Semester to be announced

Candidates are accepted onto Doctoral Degree programs when meeting one of the following requirements: 
- Undergraduates in one of the fields of Social Sciences that have completed their degree with an average grade equal to or above 16/20; 
- Master’s degree holders in any scientific field that completed their Master’s Degrees with a minimum grade of Good. In this latter case, the IEP Scientific Council may or may not grant equivalence to some of the Master’s Degree subjects completed by candidates, providing exemption for some of the taught degree components. 

Admitted candidates must register within the deadlines indicated in the calendar.
Note: Enrollment for Lisbon courses is online. The admitted candidates will be contacted by the services.

Upon registration, the respective fee (which includes school insurance) and the monthly fee for the first month is due.
These amounts are not refundable in case of cancellation of registration.

Applications 2020/2021 

1st Phase - 27 April to 3 July 

  • Written Exam:  17 June
  • Interview: 19 June
  • Written Exam:  8 July
  • Interview: 10 July
  • Registrations:  24 to 31 July 

2nd Phase - 6 July to 31 August

  • Written Exam:  2 September
  • Interview: 4 September
  • Registrations: 7 to 9 September
 Documents necessary for application 
  • Doctoral Degree Application Form   | Post-graduate and Master's Degree Application Form  ;
  • 2 Recommendation Letters (facultative);
  • Short Curriculum Vitae;
  • Documents in proof of the aforementioned qualifications (submission of photocopies - with presentation of originals);
  • Application Fees:  120€ (1st phase) or 165€ (2nd phase);
  • One photograph.

Delivery of Documentation 

Documents may be handed in directly to the IEP or delivered by mail.  

Application Fee 

Applications are subject to payment of a fee of 120€ or 165€. This payment may be done through bank transfer. 

National Candidates

Entrance Examination 

Candidates sit an entrance examination that involves commenting on a classical text drawn from Political Science/European Studies. One text is chosen from the two set to the student. Both texts are in English while the answer is written in Portuguese. This examination is solely indicative of the candidate’s interest in the fields of Political Science, International Relations and European Studies as well as their familiarity with English and does not assume specialist knowledge on the issues raised. A past examination paper may be requested from the Institute Secretary. The entrance examination is sat in the final application phase. 


The applicant completes the admissions process with an interview designed to analyse both the documented contents of the respective application process and the individual candidate’s motivation. 

Applicants residing abroad

Documents Needed  

  •  Academic Essays
  1. Sending two Essays written by the candidate with aproximately 2500 words, in Portuguese or English, on a topic of Political Science or International Relations, by the candidate's choice.
  2. The candidate may send some academic work that meets these requirements even if it has already been assessed.
  •  Other documents to hand in: 
  1. Doctoral Degree Application Form   | Post-graduate and Master's Degree Application Form  ;
  2. 2 Recommendations letters (optional);
  3. Abridged Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Documents proving the qualifications referred to (photocopy - does not replace the presentation of the original);
  5. Application fee: €120 (1st phase) / 165€ (2nd phase) - take into account the additional costs for international transfers to be covered by the student (contact information:;
  6. Photograph;
  7. Copy of the identification document – Passport.



Secretariat M.A. and Ph.D.

Susana Pedro B.A.