PhD in Portuguese Linguistics

General Objectives of the Course

The main objective of this third cycle is to provide advanced fundamental and applied research training in the area of the Portuguese language, a polycentric language with an increasing international projection. The specialised training will focus on the structure and the usage of the Portuguese language, within distinct theoretical and methodological frameworks, and it aims to promote research projects, from a synchronic perspective, a diachronic one and/or a contact one. Moreover, it aims to promote projects in Applied Linguistics and teaching Portuguese as L1 or L2.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must hold an MA degree awarded within the scientific field of linguistics; Holders of a BA degree in a course with a minimum of four years of study in the fields of Romance Philology, Classical Philology, Classical and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Modern Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Humanities, Portuguese and Lusophone Studies and Modern Languages (bi disciplinary branch including Portuguese) will also be admitted. MA and BA degree holders in other fields may also apply, provided they have a level of education or scientific and professional qualifications deemed appropriate by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Non-native speakers of Portuguese are required to have a minimum level of language proficiency in Portuguese of C1, as defined by the CEFR. This language proficiency level will be assessed in a personal interview.

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

Professional Goals

Teaching, Research.

Mode of Study


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 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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

After completing this cycle, students must have acquired the following skills:
- Ability to build up, with autonomy, a wellgrounded research project;
- Ability to search, with autonomy, relevant bibliography according to the research objectives;
- Ability to analyse empirical data in an accurate way within the chosen theoretical and methodological framework;
- Ability to write an academic specialized work, with original contributions in the areas of fundamental or applied research on the Portuguese language.

Course Coordinator(s)

Graça Maria de Oliveira e Silva Rio-Torto

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.

Graduation Requirements

Obtaining the degree implies the approval in all curricular units and the approval, in public defense, of an original thesis.

Access to Further Studies

Post-doctoral research.

Study Programme

Portuguese: Research and Teaching

Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5942

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 1417.0


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
2017-01-02 a 2023-01-01
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior