Doctorate program in Classical Studies

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD program intends to:
- Further explore the contents of the existing Master’s degrees in Ancient World, Classical Culture and Poetics and Hermeneutics;
- Promote a reflection on the aesthetic phenomenon and the hermeneutic potential of the text;
-Additional advanced training in Classical studies to candidates from other areas (History, Philosophy and Law), focusing on aspects related to the History of Ancient Cultures (thought, society, politics and culture);
- Promote a reflection on the role of Classical Studies and the essential role that ancient knowledge, which acts and fosters an intercultural dialogue, plays in Europe today.

Admission Requirements

1. In accordance with no.1, article 30 of the Decree Law no. 74/2006, candidates that can apply for access to the 3rd cycle of studies leading to a doctoral degree, should be:
a) holders of a master´s degree or 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 Faculty of Humanities;
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 Faculty of Humanities.

The recognition referred to in subparagraphs (c) and (d) in number 1 above allows only access to the cycle of studies leading to a PhD Degree and does not grant its holder the recognition or equivalence to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

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

Professional Goals

Teaching, cultural activities, editorial activities, Researcher, Translator, proofreader and Coordinating Editor / Publication of texts, Senior Technician in Administration, Senior Official in Public Administration, Public Relations professional.

Mode of Study

Day time

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

-to know the profile of Greek, Roman and Neolatine culture as the source for European culture;
-to identify institutions and political, social and economic structures in Greece and Rome and their influence on later notions of citizenship, constitution and governmental experiences;
-to know the aesthetic options of main authors in the Ancient World and the context of their reception;
-to know the context in which Antiquity thought about ethos and human action, inside the community;
-to learn how to reflect on the mimetic representation of mythos in art and in life;
-to obtain a deeper methodological knowledge and experience able to promote a cultural and civic intervention, in order to make possible a professional activity in this domain;
-to plan and develop an autonomous research, in order to present conclusions as an original and scientifically solid thesis.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria de Fátima de Sousa e Silva

Maria do Céu Grácio Zambujo Fialho

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria de Fátima de Sousa e Silva

Recognition of Prior Learning

To be assessed upon request.

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

Approval of an original PhD thesis in a public defense.

Access to Further Studies

Post-PhD research.

Study Programme

Ancient World
Poetics and Hermeneutics

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5147

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1417.0


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
2016-10-11 a 2022-10-10
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior