PhD degree in Cultural Heritage of Portuguese Influence

General Objectives of the Course

The cultural dimension of Portuguese influence in the world is broader than the former geo-political dimensions of the Empire. The Portuguese went far beyond it, which produced intense and vague, celebrated and hidden transculturalities. These transculturalities are gradually absorbed by postcolonialism. This program was created in order to catalyse the development and integration of the Knowledge about it. Hence, this Programme’s objectives are: to promote and develop advanced knowledge about Heritages, in an interdisciplinary perspective; to train highly qualified professionals; to create a network built on specific knowledge about Heritage, which can respond to public and private entities’ institutional demands; to foster employment opportunities within the Programme’s scientific areas.

Admission Requirements

The following may apply: Holders of a master’s degree or legal equivalent; Assistants who have been approved in educational aptitude and scientific capacity tests; Holders of a Degree in Arts (including Architecture), Social
Sciences or Humanities, with an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum, acknowledged by IIIUC‘s Scientific Council as proving the capacity for the completion of this cycle of studies. New candidates are admitted every 2 years.
Applicants are selected accordingly to the following criteria: graduation degree final grade (3/20); master's or equivalent degree final grade (3/20); adequacy of graduate and postgraduate degrees to 3rd cycle (3/20); publications/research (3/20); language skills in Portuguese and English (1/20); profissional CV, including international experience (3/20); applicant's profile/motivation (4/20). Applicants must submit a motivation letter and
a research project proposal.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals


Mode of Study

Full time attendance.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The PhD students must have diverse base-degrees and curricula in their original scientific and geographic areas. Hence the importance of the Programme’s internationalization strategies, aiming to build a research and training network about Heritages. In addition to the general objectives of advanced training in research methods and knowledge production, students are encouraged to develop networking skills. A multiplier effect of this field of study should be generated in this way. Students are also expected to develop very wide cultural frameworks on the subject, as well as a deep knowledge of the geography, the places, the resources and the narratives which constitute this cultural universe. For this reason, it is crucial that they develop a solid theoretical basis about the themes “memory” and “representation”. It is crucial that they become able to develop cooperation actions within the various themes and territories of the Heritages pf Portuguese Influence.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Margarida de Sá Calafate Ribeiro

Miguel Bandeira de Carvalho Jerónimo

Walter Rossa Ferreira da Silva

Recognition of Prior Learning


Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24 th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.

Graduation Requirements

Original thesis defense

Access to Further Studies


Study Programme

Common core
PhD degree in Cultural Heritage of Portuguese Influence
Areas of expertise
Architecture and Urbanism
Cultural Studies

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5810

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 8 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 2500.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-01-05 a 2020-01-04
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior