PhD degree in Materialities of Literature

General Objectives of the Course

Changes in the technologies of communication over the last three decades have changed both the regimes of representation of the media and the regimes of representation based on the codes of writing. These changes have opened up a new chapter in the critical theory of the materialities of communication, which reflects either on research of literary forms of the past or literary forms of the present. The purpose of this Program is to develop an emerging field of research in Portugal that is dedicated to analysing the digital materialities which define specific contemporary literary practices and forms. This analysis of materiality will also imply a reflection on the technological mediation which accompanies literature produced in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries – photography, phonography, typewriting, cinema, radio, television, video, digital computer and mobile phone.

Admission Requirements

The PhD program "Advanced Studies in the Materialities of Literature" is preferably intended for graduates in Modern Languages and Literatures or in related fields. This program aims to develop new lines of research and implies a strong interest in modernist and contemporary literary practices, from a translinguistic and transcultural perspective. According to the general provisions in force at the University of Coimbra, a program leading to a doctoral degree is open to:
a) Holders of a master's degree or its legal equivalent;
b) Assistant teachers who have passed the Pedagogical Aptitude and Scientific Capacity Test;
c) holders of a Bachelor’s Degree and an academic and scientific curriculum particularly relevant, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Teaching or Research Unit to which they want to be admitted;
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Teaching or Research Unit to which they want to be admitted.

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

Professional Goals

Higher Education;
Field of Arts and Culture;
Creative Industries.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in full time attendance and daytime schedule, with 75% mandatory attendance at all classes.

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Competences to be Acquired:
Students should be able to:
a) recognize and understand in a systematic way the materialities of literature;
b) produce denser and more complex descriptions of the literary phenomenon;
c) acquire competences, skills and research methods associated to the scientific domains of theory of literature, cultural studies, interart studies, digital humanities, and other emerging fields;
d) conceive, design, adapt and carry out a significant research project in compliance with the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
e) produce research that deserves to be published in national or international peer-reviewed publications;
f) critically analyse, assess and synthesize new and complex ideas;
g) communicate with their peers, with the academic community and with society at large about the field of specialization;
h) promote technological, social, and cultural progress in academic or professional contexts.

Course Coordinator(s)

Manuel José de Freitas Portela

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Rogério Paulo da Costa Madeira

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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

Graduation Requirements

PhD Thesis.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research.

Study Programme

Theory of Literature

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5815

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1417.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior