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History and Culture of Religions

History and Culture of Religions

Doctoral Degree
School of Arts and Humanities
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Ef 2464/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The Doctorate in History and Culture of Religions offers advanced scientific training in the domain of the issues that define the great historical religions and that determined both the East/West dialogue and the process of formation of the matrix of medieval, modern and contemporary European cultures. This course is organized in six semesters (180 ECTS). The doctoral course lasts for four semesters (120 ECTS). under the guidance of one or more teachers (60 ECTS).
Taught by a specialized and internationally recognized faculty, it allows a close relationship with the research carried out in particular at the Center for History of the University of Lisbon (CHUL), but also at the Center for Studies of Religious History (CEHR) of the Catholic University of Portugal in Centers for Classical and Humanistic Studies (CECH) of the University of Coimbra and Scientific and Cultural Studies of Macau (CCCM).


This course aims at developing professional historians in the areas of History and Culture of the Religions. The goal is to guide the students to the advanced research of the problems that define the great historical religions and that determine the dialogue between the Eastern and the Western Cultures, as well as the problems of the construction of the matrix/the basis of the medieval, modern and contemporary European cultures. This course also aims at filling a national gap in the area of historiography about History and Culture of the Religions, thus resorting to the human and scientific capital available at a great level at the University of Lisbon.

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 Exams 
Holders of an MA degree can apply to this programme of studies. Other candidates include: students who have been approved in the curricular part of a specialised MA with the final average of at least Good with distinction; BA graduates in History by Portuguese Universities with the minimum final grade of sixteen; Holders of a legally recognized and equivalent non-Portuguese BA degree; and holders of a scientific curriculum that attests to the referred degree, and whose candidacy must be approved by the Scientific Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The doctorate in the branches of Art History and Heritage Sciences and Restoration Theory will be obtained after attending and passing the curricular component of the PhD programme and approval of the respective dissertation in a public examination.
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