Master’s Degree in Portuguese Language Literature

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria do Rosário Prata Ferreira dos Santos (rosarioferreira.alunos@gmail.com)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula Oliveira Loureiro (uc35697@uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Firstly, the course offers a direct way to (i) deepen knowledge and research in Literary Studies, especially in the field of Portuguese language Literature, and to (ii) contribute to renew the scientific and pedagogical practices relating to the teaching of literary contents in the course units of Portuguese Studies. At the same time, the course is expected to trigger the establishment of systematic research centers integrating R&D units and involving professors from different levels of education, as well as agents from other professional fields. In order to meet these general goals, the course is divided into two parts corresponding to two academic years: the 1st year includes a curricular component comprising six seminar courses (6 x 10 ECTS = 60 ECTS) lasting for two semesters; the 2nd year includes a supervision seminar (15 ECTS) and the preparation/writing of an MA dissertation (45 ECTS). At the end of the course, students will have obtained the 120 ECTS.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
"At the end of this cycle of studies, students should be able to:
a) thoroughly master with critical thinking and autonomy the core elements of researching and teaching of Portuguese language literature, focusing on the practices of the previous century and a half;
b) know the reality of the teaching of literature, both historically and from a contemporary point of view, and master the sociological preconditions which sometimes interfere in the literary contents chosen for school
c) follow the major discussions that mark the developments in research as well as the teaching of national literature and humanities in general;
d) develop their own wellfounded opinions on several classic and innovative matters, in order to be able to intervene in the public sphere."
Mode of Study
Access to Further Studies
PhD degree studies.
Admission Requirements

"a) holders of a BA in Languages and Literatures, with a component in Portuguese, or a legally equivalent degree and holders of a BA in other fields or a legally equivalent degree;
b) Holders of a foreign BA degree structured in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a signatory state;
c) Holders of a foreign higher education degree recognized to meet the objectives of the BA degree;
d) Holders of academic, scientific or professional qualifications considered appropriate for the attendance of this course."

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
The recognition of prior learning is carried out according 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 nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording.
Professional Goals
Researcher; Coordinating editor; Publishing of texts; Senior Technician in Public Administration; Senior Official in Public Administration; Public relations professional.
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 the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of all program requirements, including the presentation and public defense of a dissertation, obtaining a total of 120 ECTS.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
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  • 2017-01-02 a 2023-01-01
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