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Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies

Doctoral Degree
School of Arts and Humanities
Time period 
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Data de Acreditação A3ES 
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6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Ef 2461/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



Integrated in the Program in Comparative Studies, this course focuses on research into the relationships between texts, art forms, different media, cultural contexts, and ways of knowing in the Humanities.
Taught by a specialized and internationally recognized faculty, the doctorate favors a close relationship with the research developed at the Center for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Arts and humanities of the University of Lisbon. Doctoral students are part of the center's team as "researchers in training", which allows them to participate in the dynamics of research and dissemination of knowledge of this Research Unit funded by FCT.
It is organized in eight semesters (240 ECTS). It starts with attending a doctoral course (120 ECTS), consisting of four semesters. The first year (S1 and S2) provides for scientific training in Comparative Studies with the attendance of five curricular seminars and participation in supervised research, within the scope of the research groups of the Center for Comparative Studies. The second year provides for the attendance of a seminar on advanced research methodologies (S3), and the fulfillment of an individual supervised plan (S4). At the end of the fourth semester, the doctoral students present an intermediate version of their thesis project, which is evaluated by a jury made up of the supervisor(s), an external examiner and the director of the doctoral course. This is followed by four semesters of autonomous research and writing of the doctoral thesis, under the guidance of one or more professors (120 ECTS).


The FCT PhD Programme in Comparative Studies (PhD-COMP) is a 3rd cycle of studies centred upon the study of the relations between texts, art forms, different media, cultural contexts and forms of knowledge in the Humanities; it stems from the aim of reinforcing the pedagogical and scientific institutionalization of a field of study long since stabilized in the international academic world, and especially apt to promote the overcoming of national and disciplinary boundaries.
This PhD aims to provide students with the conditions to achieve theoretical and analytical innovation through the open and rigorous interrogation of heterogeneous sets of texts and issues. The PhD’s seminar offerings and curricular structure are intended to: 1) allow for the critical study of the main trends of inquiry in contemporary Comparatism; 2) offer a wide and transversal training, with a strong international dimension; 3) guarantee a privileged connection between training and advanced research.

Career prospects 
Advanced training in the field of Comparative Studies, stimulating the investigation of relationships between texts, between art forms, between different media, between cultural contexts, and between ways of knowing.
National Admission Exams 
Candidates should have the fo llowing: 1) A Master’s Degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences. 2) In the absence of (1), another academic qualification (Ma ster’s or Bachelor’s Degree) combined with a CV considered by the PhD’s Directive Board to be both relevant and suited to advanced research in the field of Comparative Studies. 3) A working knowledg e of three languages (including English).
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