Master’s Degree in Portuguese Language Literature

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.

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.

Professional Goals

Researcher; Coordinating editor; Publishing of texts; Senior Technician in Public Administration; Senior Official in Public Administration; Public relations professional.

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

"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."

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria do Rosário Prata Ferreira dos Santos

Maria João Albuquerque Figueiredo Simões

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 nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording.

Graduation Requirements

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

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Portuguese Language Literature: Research and Teaching

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: M979

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-01-02 a 2023-01-01
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior