Offered since 1994 by the Program in Theory of Literature at the University of Lisbon, this PhD is, above all, a PhD in the humanities. This postgraduate program does not deal with questions or write theses of a single kind. Understanding literature as an art form raises issues such as the relationship between literature and language, literature and interpretation, literature and other arts, literature and knowledge, literature and politics, literature and moral theory, literature and action theory, literature and philosophy.
The doctoral course consists of attending seminars during the four initial semesters. The conclusion of this teaching component depends on obtaining the classification “passed” in the Research Seminar II. Once the doctoral course is concluded, work begins on the thesis, which consists of an original unpublished dissertation with a maximum of 75 thousand words, demonstrating the autonomous research capacity of the candidates. The thesis must be presented within a maximum of ten semesters after admission to the study cycle.