Academic Degree
General Objectives
This doctoral program offers a space for advanced training in the field of studies on demographic aging and longevity through the scientific lens of Social Sciences. It appears, in this sense, as a cycle of studies that aggregates different disciplinary areas, seeking to capitalize on their similarities, but also on their differences, in an approach focused on the complementarities that are assumed as founders for the understanding of a multidimensional phenomenon such as demographic ageing and longevity.
This is a program of studies that will align with the most demanding practices at an international level in the field of advanced training, with the aim of asserting itself as a reference program at the Iberian level in the field of studies on ageing.
CNAEF Classification
Social and Behavioral Sciences
(310) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
6 semestres
Other Information
Curriculum Units:
– Ageing and Social Sciences. Theoretical and methodological developments and structuring themes.
– Option 1
– Option 2
– Thesis

– Structures, processes, social representations and experiences of ageing and longevity
– Social institutions and Ageing
– Ageing and Society
– Research methods in Social Sciences applied to Studies on Ageing.

Lines of research associated with the program:
1: Population Ageing: Demographic Aspects
2: Quality of Life and Active Ageing
3: Functional Diversity in Ageing, Social and Technological Innovation.
4: Gender, Social Inequalities and Ageing
5: Socioeconomic Impact of Ageing, Social Organization of Care and Public Policies


The Universidade sem Fronteiras (UNISF) [University without Borders] is born from a partnership between the 6 public universities in the Galicia-Northern Euroregion of Portugal, led by the University of Minho as the main beneficiary, and the Fundação Centro de Estudos Eurorexionais (FCEER) [Foundation Center for Eurorexional Studies].
The universities that are part of the network of public universities in the Euroregion are: the University of A Coruña (UdC), the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), the University of Vigo (UV), the University of Minho (UM), the University of Porto (U. Porto) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD). The rectors of these 6 universities make up the board of FCEER.
The objective of UNISF is to implement 4 pilot programs of innovative, cooperative and more creative courses, with a clear cross-border and multidisciplinary component, in which the Universities of the Euroregion participate. UNISF project was approved with a total budget of €1,989,628.60, with a co-financing percentage of 75% by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which represents €1,492,221.46.

University of Minho (project coordinator)
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Career Opportunities
World's population is ageing, with most countries in the world witnessing an increase in the number and proportion of elderly people in their populations. The phenomenon is even about to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century, with consequences for almost all sectors of society. The social need for researchers in this field is evident when analyzing the interdisciplinarity and the relationship between population ageing and many economic sectors of strategic interest to the Portuguese and Galician communities. The cycle of studies will, in this sense, be particularly well-positioned to put in the labor market highly qualified professionals with great differentiation who can meet the needs of doctors who coordinate the complex processes of adaptation and response to the challenges of demographic and population ageing.
Admission Requirements
Holders of the following qualifications are admitted to the application:
a) Holders of the master's degree (which, cumulatively with the bachelor's degree, must make up a minimum of 300 ECTS) or legal equivalent in disciplinary areas of the field of Social and Behavioral Sciences;
b) Holders of academic degrees equivalent to those referred to in the previous paragraphs, organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process, and conferred by a higher education institution of a State acceding to this Process.
Selection And Ranking Criteria
1. Motivation letter: up to 20%
2. Letter of commitment to host thesis (Optional): up to 20%
3. Scientific and pedagogical assessment of the student's academic career: up to 30%
4. Research experience: prior participation in research projects, presentations at scientific congresses and meetings and publications, stays in national and international laboratories and/or departments: up to 15%
5. Professional experience in doctoral-related areas: up to 10%
6. Languages of scientific interest: knowledge of languages other than Spanish, Galician or Portuguese, such as English: up to 5%:
Level A1 (or equivalent): 0.2 points
Level A2 (or equivalent): 0.3 points
Level B1 (or equivalent): 0.5 points
Level B2 (or equivalent): 0.6 points
Level C1 (or equivalent): 0.8 points
Level C2 (or equivalent): 1 point.
Documentation should be sent to support the merits claimed in the curriculum attached to the application for admission to the doctorate.
If the Academic Committee deems it appropriate, a personal interview will be held with the candidate prior to admission.
Tie-breaking criteria for candidates: Best classification in the criterion “Scientific and pedagogical appreciation of the student's academic path”.
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity