Subject: Research and Thesis

Scientific Area:



180 Hours

Number of ECTS:

100 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - Operate the research project defended in the end of the previous year, adjusting it to the specific research locus;
2 - Critically analyze the state of art in the specific domain of the research problem by selecting the key texts and reference authors for the specific research problem;
3 - Deepen methodological aspects resulting from the research under development;
4 - Systematize and critically analyse collected data;
5 - Confront the interpretation of the data with the review of the literature;
6 - Write the doctoral thesis;
7 - Elaborate a scientific article for international dissemination to the academic community;
8 - Communicate with the peers, the rest of the academic community and society in general about the investigation carried out, in the public defence of the thesis.


1 - The contents are suggested by the problems of each doctoral student, in articulation with the themes worked in the CUs of 1st year, the research methodologies selected and, above all, the research lines of the CIE-UMa in Curriculum and Pedagogical Innovation.
2 - In addition, the following contents will be deepened: Methodological issues emerging from the implementation of individual research projects; Aspects still remaining deficient in the writing of academic texts, namely scientific articles; Scientific norms underlying the writing of the doctoral thesis. Citation and referencing computer tools; Online databases (eg B-on).


A bibliografia principal é elaborada em conformidade com a temática de cada projeto de investigação, sem prejuízo das referências indicadas nas unidades curriculares de Investigação em Educação, Projeto de Investigação e Seminários de Formação Doutoral.

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Under a tutorial supervision, which may involve internal or external co-supervision, from another HEI, according to the specificity of the selected problem, the teaching methodologies focus largely on the student's autonomous work in the search for information, reading of fundamental texts of authors of reference and resolution of complex methodological problems posed by the research work, with the supervisor(s) having the task of individual, motivational and scientific support throughout the research process. The face-to-face meetings for discussion about the progress of the research are preceded by the sending, by e-mail to the supervisor(s), of material produced by the student. The evaluation stems from the quality of the thesis and the oral presentation of the student during the public audience, with 100%, manifested through the scientific position adopted as well as his/her capacity of argumentation in public defence, by deliberation of the doctoral jury.