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Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies

Doctoral Degree
School of Arts and Humanities
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
2 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Ef 2462/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



As part of the Program in Theater Studies, the Doctorate in Theater Studies offers advanced training based on training in new areas and research methodologies on theatre, performing arts and performance studies, aiming at the production of original and high-level knowledge. International. It encourages collaborative participation in research projects, the intersection with other disciplines and the insertion in practical contexts of artistic creation and cultural production that will enhance academic skills.
Taught by a specialized and internationally recognized faculty, it allows a close relationship with the research developed in particular by the Center for Theater Studies of the Faculty of Arts and humanities of the University of Lisbon (CET-FLUL).
The Doctorate in Theater Studies is organized in six semesters (180 ECTS). It starts with attending a doctoral course (120 ECTS), consisting of four semesters. This is followed by two semesters of autonomous research and writing of the doctoral thesis, under the supervision of one or more professors (60 ECTS).


The PhD offers specialisation in the scientific domain of Theatre Studies; it promotes research in (and on) institutions, thus linking the University to theatre in its various aspects; it grants proficiency in a conceptual and methodological system that gives an understanding of the field of research, questioning it and assessing its importance and value; it stimulates original research on artistic practice within the disciplinary plurality in which it exists (related to literature, visual arts, music, dance, etc.) and in the various relations it establishes with society(in the cultural, sociological, ethical, economic, aesthetic domains, etc.); it helps master a well-structured, personal thinking, and the ability to express it both orally at (national and international) conferences and congresses, and in written essays for (national or foreign) publication.

Career prospects 
State-of-the-art knowledge at the forefront of an area of study or work and in the interconnection between areas; more advanced and specialized skills and techniques, necessary for solving critical problems in the area of research and/or innovation for the expansion and redefinition of existing knowledge or professional practices.

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
Candidates with a Master degree or legal equivalent; with a graduation or legal equivalent presenting, as well, an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum attesting to the student’s ability to complete this study cycle as decided by the scientific council of the respective Programme; exceptionally, applicants with either a scholarly, scientific or professional curriculum that can be acknowledged as attesting the student’s ability to complete this Programme by the scientific council of the respective Programme. (DR, 2.ªsérie no. 65, 30 March 2012, chapter V, art. 37).
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International Access

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