The PhD in Portuguese Studies aims to provide training for advanced level research in this field, in its various areas of specialisation. It trains PhD graduates who can develop their knowledge in this area, both in a national and international context, in order to actively contribute to the development, dissemination and transmission of scientific knowledge in this area.

The completion of the PhD in Portuguese Studies implies the acquisition of the following goals and competences:

  • ability to conduct original research in the scientific area of Portuguese Studies;
  • ability to organise and process relevant information in a comprehensive manner;
  • ability to create and experiment with new critical methods or working methodologies;
  • ability to conceive, design, adapt and carry out research in the area of Portuguese Studies while respecting the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
  • to carry out a significant body of original research work that contributes to broadening the frontiers of knowledge, part of which merits national or international dissemination in scientifically recognised peer-reviewed publications;
  • communicate with peers, the rest of the academic community and society in general about the area in which they specialise;
  • ability, in a knowledge-based society, to promote, in an academic and/or professional context, technological, social or cultural progress.

Areas Of expertise

  • Literature Studies
  • Culture Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • Book History and Textual Criticism
  • Portuguese Language Teaching
  • Traditional and Oral Literature
  • Portuguese Language Literatures and Cultures

Curricular structure

Duration: 8 semesters. Total Credits: 240 credits (60 in curricular units + 180 in the non-taught component).

Modalities of non-taught component: Thesis.

Number of credits on a free-choice basis: 10 credits. The free-choice seminar may be chosen from among the postgraduate courses offered at NOVA FCSH; by other departments of the Nova University of Lisbon, or by other Portuguese or foreign higher education institutions, by agreement or protocol.

The degree of Doctor corresponds to level 8 of the NQF/EQF - National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.