PhD in Portuguese Language Literature

General Objectives of the Course

The program seeks to develop and promote the study of the literatures and cultures in Portuguese, benefiting from the extensive experience of the academic staff and of their vocation to enlarge the boundaries of knowledge through quality academic research.
At the end of the program students should be able to demonstrate:
i) a systematic understanding of the field of study and mastery of resources and research methods that allow more solid descriptions of literary and cultural phenomena;
ii) learn to critically analyze, evaluate and summarize new and complex ideas;
iv) ability to design and conduct research projects according to standards of academic quality and reliability, with results that merit national and international dissemination;
v) ability to communicate with the academic community and society in general on issues in the area of expertise;
vi) promotion of technological, social, artistic or cultural progress in an academic and professional context.

Admission Requirements

The following are eligible to apply to this program: 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

i) Teaching (College);
ii) Research career (Teaching institutions and others);
iii) Publishing activities;
iv) Highly qualified technician in the patrimonial and International Relations area;
v) Highly qualified technician in the artistic and cultural promotion area.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

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

i) understand and discuss the scope and relevance of Portuguese language literature and teaching to the dynamics of paradigms in academic fields of history and literary theory;
ii) how to work individually or in groups on projects of basic interdisciplinary research, producing approximations to other academic fields, and in a context of increasing internationalization;
iii) skillfully use information and communication technologies applied to literary and cultural studies;
iv) gain a critical attitude able to integrate new knowledge, formulate judgments with limited information or overcome problems arising from practical research;
v) apply knowledge of teaching practices in Portuguese language literature at various levels of education;
vi) actively contribute to the public discourse of humanistic cultural knowledge through new technology platforms.

Course Coordinator(s)

Paulo Jorge da Silva Pereira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Isabel Maria de Almeida Santos

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, in its current wording; Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Completing 240 ECTS which include the public defense of an original dissertation written especially for this purpose and appropriate to the nature of the specialty and contributes to extending the frontiers of knowledge.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research.

Study Programme

Portuguese Language Literature

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5921

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1425.0


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
2015-04-15 a 2021-04-14
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior