Ph.D. in Economics and Finance

General Admission

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree diploma in Economics, Finance, or other related fields, and should have a good level of competence in English. If you don’t have a Master’s Degree but expect to obtain within the year, your application can also be considered.


All documents submitted should be in English language.

Required documentations

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Transcript of records of undergraduate and graduate degrees with full list of courses and grades. Candidates who have not yet finished their graduate program should provide a certificate of enrolment with, if available, the full list of grades achieved to date. (Also accepted in Portuguese language);
  • Recommendations in the form of two letters of reference, which should be sent directly by referees (as explained in the Online Application Instructions available at the application platform);
  • Statement of purpose - including areas of interest and potential supervisor(s);
  • Certificate of results for the GRE (Graduate Records of Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Results should not be older than three years. Applicants who hold, or will shortly hold, a Nova SBE Master’s degree are not required to submit GRE results.

Additional documentations required for Nova SBE Research Fellowship funded by Foundation for Science and Technology

  • Candidates with foreign degrees can have them recognized in Portugal and with their final grade converted to the national scale. Please see the DGES website for more information. If you applied for the document, and cannot receive it by deadline, please inform us at including the confirmation of request. We will consider each case individually.

Optional documents

  • English language certificate. Test results should not be older than three years;
  • Other research sample.


PhD applications

Applications for the 2022/23 intake are open from 1 December 2021 until 31 January 2022.

Applicants may be asked for a subsequent interview, which may be conducted by phone if necessary.

Applicants will be notified regarding final decisions by email by mid-April 2022.

Contact us

Your future career waits at Nova SBE. Let us help you pursue your dreams. The Research Office is glad to answer all your questions about the experience of studying in a Ph.D. program at Nova School of Business & Economics.

Monday and Wednesday, from 2 pm - 5 pm 

Phone: (+351) 213 801 640



Studying for a Ph.D. at Nova was a demanding and challenging experience, but in the end, I got the satisfaction of seeing my research reaching top-level publications.

Pedro Barroso,
Ph.D. Nova SBE 2012,
Lecturer in Finance at University of Exeter.