PhD in Modern Languages: Cultures, Literatures, Translation

General Objectives of the Course

This being a doctoral program aimed at students from different areas, its objectives are also broad in order to cover the specificity of the projects.
At the end of the program students should:
1) have advanced training in the field of Modern Languages in the field of Culture and Literature or branch of Translation Studies.
2) Hold capabilities for systematic understanding and problematizing.
3) Understanding methodologies and research methods and their application.
4) Have capacity for critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
5) Demonstrate skills in communication and dialogue.
6) Be able to create, promote and disseminate knowledge with social and cultural relevance, respecting the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity.

Admission Requirements

The following are eligible to apply for this study cycle: a) Holders of a master's degree, or its legal equivalent; b) Holders of a bachelor's degree, those who have an academic or professional resume of particular relevance that is recognized by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as attesting to the ability to complete this study cycle; c) those who have an academic or professional resume of particular relevance that is recognized by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as attesting to the ability to complete this study cycle. The recognition referred to in points b) and c) above only allow access to the study cycle leading to a PhD, and does not confer the equivalence of a bachelor's or master's degree, or the recognition of same.

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

Professional Goals

Researcher, teacher, translator, text editor, senior public administration, principal advisory for public administration in the cultural sector and in culture industries for both Portuguese and international organizations.

Mode of Study

Daytime, full-time and face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese, with appropriate use of other languages necessary for the teaching

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

During this program students should develop:
1) Ability to clearly consider the complexity of the linguistic, cultural, literary and translation realities involved.
2) skills for dealing with the processes being studied from a theoretical point of view.
3) Ability to conduct research in the study area.
4) Ability to design and implement projects.
5) Ability to apply the acquired training to professional life in research projects or practices to the various areas of Languages, Cultures, Literatures and Translation and editing areas.

Course Coordinator(s)

Cornelia Elisabeth Plag

Rita Maria da Silva Marnoto

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Cornelia Elisabeth Plag

Recognition of Prior Learning

According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy 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, in its current wording; Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July

Graduation Requirements

Earning 240 ECTS that include a public defense of an original dissertation.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research

Study Programme

Cultures and Literatures
Translation Studies

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5920

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1425.0


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
2015-04-06 a 2021-04-05
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior