PhD in Discourses: Culture, History and Society

General Objectives of the Course

To develop and promote advanced knowledge, from an inter- and transdisciplinar perspective, including the fields of Literary and Cultural Studies, Contemporary History, and Sociology of Culture, to an analysis applied to the observation of and the reflection on discourse problematics in its relation to contemporary practices. It is in the interplay of discourses and other practices that what is referred to as the “real” is socially and poetically (poiein as the making of) constructed: history, art, identities, forms of power.
After completion, students should have acquired extensive knowledge on specific issues of the contemporaneous and the contemporary discursive practices, but above all they should have demonstrated their ability to carry on an autonomous research on a topic approached from the point of view of transversality and complexity.

Admission Requirements

1 - Who can apply:
a) Holders of Master’s Degree or its legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a BA Degree with especially relevant academic or scientific curricula, acknowledged as possessing the necessary competences to be accepted in this study cycle by the Scientific Board;
c) Holders of academic, scientific or professional curricula, acknowledged as possessing the necessary competences to be accepted in this study cycle by the Scientific Board.
2. Proficiency in the English language at a level equivalent to B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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

Professional Goals

University professor; research career; professionals for different kinds of cultural institutions, cultural industries, periodicals or other types of publications, editorial presses; local authorities consultants; cultural attachés or other diplomatic cultural jobs.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The dispositions of the University of Coimbra regulations for 3rd cycles apply. Whenever needed, in particular concerning the curricular part (first 3 semesters), the Pedagogic Regulations of UC and the General Norms of Assessment of the School of Arts and of the School of Economics apply, with any necessary adaptations.
The seminars assessment includes oral presentations, diverse written papers, and a final paper with an oral defense. At the end of the Research Seminar, there is an oral qualification exam, with a jury which will include external members, to assess the thesis project. The last assessment step consists of the public defense of an original thesis.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Training of the capacity to develop and offer specialized knowledge to the community in the domains of Literary and Cultural Studies, Contemporary History and the Sociology of Culture, namely regarding a) critical discourse analysis, b) critical recognition of representations of the past and the present, c) reflection on social intervention and participation, and the practice of citizenship and, d) in general, the development of epistemological tools for a reflection on the diverse aspects of the contemporary.

Course Coordinator(s)

Graça Maria Constantino Nunes de Oliveira Capinha

Maria Paula Abreu Pereira da Silva

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albano Augusto Figueiredo Rodrigues

Luís Manuel Duarte Antunes Figueiredo Trindade

Maria José Florentino Mendes Canelo

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 Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; and Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of 240 ECTS in accordance with the study plan.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research.

Study Programme

Discourses: Culture, History and Society

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5925

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1425.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
End date: 18-12-2020
2nd Semester
Start date: 15-02-2021
End date: 21-05-2021


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2020-07-31 a 2026-07-30
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