PhD in Applied Linguistics (Portuguese)

Duration: 4 years
Medium of Instruction: Portuguese


  • To provide students with a comprehensive study and understanding of the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of Linguistics.
  • To enable future researchers to understand the diversity of issues associated with the study of Portuguese Speaking Countries Language in society from a variety of critical and comparative perspectives and frameworks.
  • Students should identify scientific questions and subject them to critical analysis in an independent way.
  • Through the submission of their thesis, graduates of this programme will make their own contribution to the research field of Linguistics.


  • More interdisciplinary approach which encompasses related areas such as applied linguistics, cross-language studies, second language acquisition and language pedagogy.
  • Tailored to provide relevant insight into curriculum design, teaching methodologies and assessment practices as well.
  • Designed for students who are or aspire to a career in Higher Education.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and use, critically and creatively, linguistic theories in a comprehensive way and master the main theoretical and methodological tools to perform original linguistic analysis.
  2. Apply a variety of critical and comparative theoretical frameworks to explain, examine and understand issues in society related to the study of languages in Portuguese-speaking countries and to demonstrate the impact of scientific research in societal issues of such countries.
  3. Think independently and critically, judge and analyze language-related problems in a scientific way and develop original study design involving argumentation capacity, experimental methods, fieldwork and/or theoretical analysis.
  4. Design a research project and write a thesis which can make an original contribution to the field of General/Portuguese linguistics, based on the building of original hypotheses, conjectures, reasonings and research questions.

Graduation Requirements

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Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

Higher Education career, Language teaching, Research on Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, etc.