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Literary Theory

Literary Theory

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 2465/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



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 Once the doctoral course is concluded, work begins on the thesis, which consists of an original unpublished dissertation with a maximum of 75 thousand words, demonstrating the autonomous research capacity of the candidates.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.


The doctoral program offered by the Program in Literary Theory in the University of Lisbon since 1994 is, to a great extent, a program in the humanities. A large percentage of its students have previously graduated from the M.A. program in Literary Theory. Other students come from other schools and programs, both at home and abroad. An important part of its students has a previous background in non-humanistic areas. In the doctoral program there is not one required type of dissertation. The understanding of literature as an art form raises issues such as the relationship between literature and language, between literature and interpretation, literature and the other arts, literature and cognition, literature and politics, literature and moral knowledge, and literature and the philosophy of action. These issues are approached in accordance with the UL Regulation on Postgraduate Studies (chapter 5, 35).

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 
Applications are evaluated regardless of undergraduate major. Reading knowledge of at least three foreign languages (including English) is required. Admission offers are extended upon examination of dissertation prospectus, curriculum, and personal interview.
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